[verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt]
1. to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
2. to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
3. to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
It's a simple word that invokes motion. It hints at a drive to reach the next level. It embodies change and signals a new era. And it felt at home in the Rocky Mountains.
Needless to say, it was an easy decision when we went to name our original documentary series.
We started this project because we knew there were an infinite number of compelling stories to tell around this club.
Stories about players and coaches, supporters and community. Stories of the ups and downs.
Most of all, we wanted to connect the team to the fans - the lifeblood of the club - and each episode will aim to deliver on that promise.
We hope you join us on this journey. #Elevate
In the sixth episode of Elevate the team battles Sporting Kansas City in a dramatic contest, ultimately falling short. Knowing their stay in the Orlando may be nearing an end, the side is determined to finish the MLS is Back Tournament strong against Minnesota United FC. Between games, the team goes for a round of golf that gets interrupted by a Florida thunderstorm. Finally, the Rapids show incredible character as they secure a point against Minnesota in their final Group D match. As the team departs the tournament they reflect on having learned more about themselves and what’s needed to succeed in the future.
In the fifth episode of Elevate the team prepares to face rival Real Salt Lake in their first match of the MLS is Back Tournament. Players craft messages for loved ones or causes they support to be worn on the backs of their jerseys. When kickoff arrives, it’s clear the four-month layoff has impacted the side more than anticipated and a disappointing result follows. Once the dust of matchday has settled, the players shift focus to their next match with a recovery session for the body and mind and then get back on the grind at an intense training session.
In the fourth episode of Elevate, the Rapids have their charter flight delayed due to COVID testing precautions and then arrive in the Orlando bubble ready for the MLS is Back Tournament. Once cleared from quarantine, the players’ singular focus is on their massive opener against rival Real Salt Lake. Finally, 19-year-old Argentine Braian Galvan arrives and trains with the team for the first time.
With the historic MLS is Back tournament just a few days away, the team completes its final preparations in Colorado before heading to Orlando. Take a look at the team's final training sessions before departing and hear from head coach Robin Fraser, Drew Moor and captain Jack Price on the team's focus and excitement around returning to the pitch.
The third season of Elevate takes a turn away from the pitch as the MLS season was suspended just days after an emotional win over Orlando City SC. Fans get an inside look to see how players and coaches reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and the weeks spent in quarantine. Many took time to give back to those on the frontlines, from teachers to nurses and graduates to grocery store workers. As life began to drift back to normal, society was tasked with another, different challenge – systemic racism. Kei Kamara and Robin Fraser spoke out against social injustice and participated in the incredible movement that swept the country. Players were also focused on staying sharp mentally and physically during ‘The Shutdown’, and the episode concludes as the team is cleared to return to training, with the MLS is Back tournament looming on the horizon.
The third season of Elevate begins as the Rapids end their 2019 campaign just shy of the MLS Cup Playoffs. As the 2020 preseason kicks off in January, the team prepares under Robin Fraser as he guides through film sessions and training in Southern California. When new signings Younes Namli and Nicolas Benezet arrive in camp it jumpstarts the group’s energy as the season approaches. Meanwhile off the pitch, Keegan Rosenberry explains how he got into cutting his teammates hair as he trims up 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year Andre Shinyashiki in the team hotel. Finally, the Rapids secure a big win over Chicago Fire FC as the offense sparks the side to a 4-2 win.
The second season of Elevate begins with the start of the 2019 preseason. In the first episode, we get an exclusive look inside a team meeting room at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California as the players and coaches evaluate film. The second episode shows the viewers how Homegrown Color Bassett balances life as a professional soccer players and a teenager.
The third episode relives the historic match against legendary Arsenal F.C. In the four episode, the viewers travel with Sam Vines and Cole Bassett to Orlando for 2019 MLS All-Star Week. We get an inside look on their week and them taking the pitch for the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game. The final episode gives us an all-access look at the new boss in burgundy, Robin Fraser.
Watch the full season by clicking HERE!
The first season of Elevate begins near the end of the 2017 season. In the first episode, viewers get an exclusive snapshot of club captain Tim Howard and his offseason in Memphis as well as the hiring of head coach Anthony Hudson. Episode two takes viewers through the 2018 preseason and into the beginning of the 2018 MLS campaign.
The third episode joins Centennial 38 as the supporter group take the 583-mile journey to Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City while episode four checks in with Kortne Ford and his mom Laurie. In the final two episodes, viewers go behind closed doors as key players are added to the foundation of the 2018 team. Fans will also get a view inside the meeting room as the coaching staff reviews film ahead of two wins to close out the season.
Watch the full season by clicking HERE!