Three Rapids players set to sample soccer in England ahead of 2014 season

Bravo hoping to secure training opportunities for young players during offseason

Dillon Serna debut game vs Vancouver

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Rapids players may be heading abroad to gain some offseason experience, according to Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. Goalkeeper Clint Irwin, defender Chris Klute and midfielder Dillon Serna (pictured above) could all be spending time in England for some part of the next two months to gain experience with another club.

The Rapids had four players head to Derby County for a two-week training stint in 2012, with Tony Cascio, Chris Klute, Martín Rivero and Andre Akpan all spending time at the English Championship club.

“We did it last season [at Derby], and it was good chance for our players to experience a different culture and a new soccer environment," said Bravo. "We think they enjoyed it and that it was valuable.”

Bravo revealed that the Rapids are in contact with several English teams about finding an opportunity.

“We haven’t figured out exactly which club they’ll be with yet, and that’s what we’re working on right now,” added Bravo. “We might know more in the next week or so.”

Bravo also suggested that it “would probably be the case” that all three would end up at the same club in England, rather than splitting them up.