Commerce City, Colo. - The Rapids begin preseason training this week, and among the trialists will be Steven Emory, who stood out at the recent Rapids combine tryouts.
A total of 57 players were invited to take part in the three day tryouts held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and run by the collective technical staff.
“It’s been an extremely worthwhile combine," said head coach Gary Smith on Sunday after the last full-field game. "The standard has been very competitive, and there have been a number of individuals that have given an extremely good account of themselves. I think we’ve found a couple of players that not only have deserved to come in and compete within our group, but possibly go up against some of our players. It will be nice to see them around better players and more talented players to see if they can rise to the next level.”
The first player invited to be seen alongside the first team was Emory, a 6-2 midfielder from nearby Metro State. The staff also said there are a few other players from the combine that remain in consideration and could potentially be called back.
Emory attended Fort Collins High School and played club soccer at Rush before joining the Rapids Academy in 2007. In his senior year Metro State, Emory scored 17 goals and added 14 assists and was named to the NCAA Division II All-America Team by the NSCAA. He also earned his second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year honor.
The Rapids completed their entry physicals today and will undergo fitness tests on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are expected to begin work on the fields starting on Thursday morning.