It was not to be for the six Colorado Rapids representatives at the Sueño MLS 2013 – Presented by Allstate finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Alexander Soto, a 14 year-old forward from Elizabeth, NJ was named the winner of the nationally-televised search for the best young soccer player in the country on Sunday afternoon live on Univision Network’s República Deportiva. Luis Aranzazu, a 17 year-old goalkeeper from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was named the Allstate “Good Hands" top goalkeeper. Both players were discovered at the D.C. United open tryouts. The two winner were among the 18 national finalists chosen from the nearly 3,000 players who registered for the open trials held by D.C. United, Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy.
In late April, Eric Barragan, Brian Loaiza, Juan Hernandez, Brayan Arreola, and Gilberto Tovar were selected at the top five field players and Daniel Ontiveros as the best goalkeeper from the Sueño MLS tryouts at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. All six spent a week training with the Rapids Academy teams before representing the Rapids last weekend in the finals.
"I think they represented us very well," said Brian Crookham, Colorado Rapids Senior Director of Youth Development and coach of the club's Development Academy teams. "It was a very short time to prepare, but it's a great experience for them and it will help them grow as players. Hopefully we'll see a return on that here in our market."
Crookham said that they are “still evaluating” the finalists as potential additions to the current Development Academy rosters.