Youth Development Structure

The Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy provides a complete structure that serves every type of player.

From fostering grassroots interest in the game through camps and developmental soccer to providing the highest level of training for the aspiring professional, the Rapids Soccer Academy is dedicated to growing the game and the individuals who participate in it.

Rapids Pyramid

Contact us:

Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022

Academy Staff: 303-727-3575
Fax: 303-727-3597



Paul Bravo - VP of Soccer Ops & Technical Director

Brian Crookham - Senior Director of Youth Development

Mitch Murray - Academy Technical Director

Gary Evans - Director of Coaching

Steve Cooke - Alliance Technical Director



In August of 2007 the Rapids Soccer Academy was accepted as a charter member of US Soccer’s Development Academy, a nationwide youth development initiative organized by the U.S. Soccer Federation, created to enhance the development of the country’s top players through high technical standards and a focus on meaningful competition. The U.S Soccer Development Academy features 80 of the top youth teams in the country competing in a league system at the U-18, U-16 levels, and U-14 age groups. MORE


In July of 2012 the Colorado Rapids and Colorado Fusion Soccer Club joined forces to form an expanded Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, which provides competitive and developmental teams for boys and girls of all ages and all ability levels. The comprehensive CRYSC offers opportunities for young players of all ages, experience, backgrounds and talent levels, including competitive teams from ages 7-18 as well as instructional camps..

FAQ    |   Official Site of CRYSC


Whether an aspiring elite player or a young player just starting in the sport, our camp offerings will engage and challenge all participating players in a safe and enjoyable environment. Each Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club Summer Camp is designed and led by our highly qualified technical staff and are based on our Colorado Rapids youth development curriculum. MORE

adidas Alliance Partners

On June 9, 2009, the Colorado Rapids launched the Rapids adidas Alliance, one of the most integrated partnerships in American youth soccer, established to create a working relationship between existing youth soccer clubs that will benefit soccer development through shared resources and encouraging players to stay in their home clubs in the U11-U14 age groups. Those players will have direct access to the Rapids U16/U18 Development Academy teams through visible scouting and direct coaching and curriculum ties.