USMNT Update

This week, the USMNT announced its provisional 40-man roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League semifinal and, hopefully, subsequent final. The U.S. is set to compete against Honduras on June 3 at Empower Field at Mile High and, if they are victorious, they will play the winner of Mexico and Costa Rica on June 6, also in Denver.

The final 23-man roster will be announced one week prior to the first competition.

Also this week, Concacaf announced the official schedule for the 2021 Gold Cup. The preliminary round is set to take place July 2-6 and the final on August 1, with the entire tournament taking place in the U.S. The Gold Cup takes place every two years and offers a good opportunity for the U.S. to be in the running for another trophy and for head coach Gregg Berhalter to continue to examine his squad going into World Cup Qualification in the fall. Click here for the full schedule and locations.

In addition to these upcoming matches, the USMNT has even more upcoming events on its busy calendar in 2021, which offers plenty of opportunities for Acosta and Vines, who have earned plenty of minutes and praise from the U.S. brass already this year. See the USMNT upcoming schedule below:

Match
Date
Friendly vs. Switzerland
May 30
Nations League
June 3-6
Friendly vs. Costa Rica
June 9
Gold Cup
July 2-Aug. 1
World Cup Qualifying
Sept. 2021-March 2022

Power Soccer Celebration

On Thursday, MLS released a special podcast dedicated entirely to the Rolling Rapids Power Soccer team, discussing how power soccer is changing lives for children across the U.S. Listen below!

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To keep all of the Rolling Rapids fun going, we will be taking over the MLS Works Instagram on Thursday night at the power soccer team's first practice of the year.

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Our Soccer for All celebrations conclude with a Pride Night on Saturday, May 15 when the Rapids take on Houston Dynamo FC. Click here for more information on all of our Soccer for All activations!

Academy Update

Last weekend, only two teams in the Rapids Academy were in action, but both were able to snag big victories. The U-17s kicked off the weekend with a huge 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders U-17 squad thanks to two goals from Alan Salgado.

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Friday, May 7 vs Seattle Sounders 

U-17 won 4-1 - Salgado (two), DeFillipo, Torres 

Saturday, May 8 vs Real Colorado 

U-16 won 1-0 - Salfi

MLS Next Cup

This summer, the top young talent in the U.S. is set to compete in the MLS Next Cup to crown a champion in the U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 age groups. Each team will qualify based on their points achieved during the regular season and the top 32 teams will compete in a bracket-style single-elimination competition. For more information on the tournament, click here and stay tuned to ColoradoRapids.com for the latest Academy and MLS Next news and updates!

Jack Price Said What?

ICYMI: After the win on Saturday night against Minnesota, captain Jack Price was very excited to celebrate the comeback win with his teammates. Check out the hilarious video below for a candid look at Price’s post game celebration and at our attempt to translate.

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