On June 9, 2009, the Colorado Rapids launched the Rapids adidas Alliance to create a working relationship between existing youth soccer clubs that will benefit soccer development through shared resources.
Each Alliance Club uses a form of the methods and curriculum that are used in the Rapids Academy. In addition, Rapids staff spend multiple weeks annually on the ground in partner markets in order to assist with the education of players, coaces and parents. Rapids adidas Alliance clubs will also have exclusive access to on-field and in-stadium events events with the Colorado Rapids.
Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club (joined April 8, 2010)
North Meck Soccer Club in North Carolina (joined April 16, 2013)
Rio Soccer Club in Albuquerque, N.M. (joined Sept. 9, 2013)
Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club in Rapid City, SD (joined April 2, 2014)
"This partnership is a positive step in our continued efforts to identify, develop and promote players within our structure," said Rapids' Technical Director Paul Bravo. "The Rapids adidas Alliance will give our partnering club’s membership full access to our Development Academy with the plan to develop players for our First Team.
"The development and education instituted within the Rapids adidas Alliance will not only be on the player level, but we will also share in coaching resources and philosophies that will move us all forward together. We are really excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to a long lasting relationship with each of our affiliates."
“I’m excited that Colorado Fusion is joining the Rapids adidas Alliance because it gives the kids in our club access to world-class resources,” said Fusion Executive Director Jeff Park. “It also gives Fusion the opportunity to work with an organization with a similar mission and a shared geography. Our members love soccer, and we hope that this special relationship with the Colorado Rapids will give them a place to show their passion. I can’t wait to experience the sea of Fusion fans chanting from the stands at every Rapids game!”
“We are excited to be partnering with an organization that shares our values about youth soccer development,” said Juan Miyares, President of the North Meck Soccer Club. “This alliance will allow the North Meck Soccer Club to provide an even higher level of service to our members with resources that will benefit players across all our programs.”
“The Alliance is a fantastic opportunity for the players of New Mexico," said Rio Rapids President Greg Woodhouse "Not only from a player development perspective, but it also completes the pathway to participation at the highest level, whether that is college or professional soccer."
"This is a very exciting development for soccer in our region that will allow us to take our players to the next level with the professional expertise of the Colorado Rapids. With the expanded opportunities for development and fun, it will be a real win for our youthThis is a very exciting development for soccer in our region that will allow us to take our players to the next level with the professional expertise of the Colorado Rapids. With the expanded opportunities for development and fun, it will be a real win for our youth." - Black Hills Rapids President Wes Storm
“Soccer is an exciting and growing sport in many communities throughout our state. The partnership between the newly-formed Black Hills Soccer Club and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer is the first of its kind in South Dakota and should greatly expand opportunities for youth of all ages in the Rapid City area.” - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
For more information about the Rapids adidas Alliance, contact the Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy at 303.727.3578.