News & Notes: Welcome Back to the Special Olympics Unified Team!

Special Olympics Colorado Media Day

This week, we were so excited to be reunited with our Special Olympics family for their media day photoshoot and welcome!

Special Olympics Colorado Media Day

Stay tuned for more information about their signing day, schedule and more.

Next Stop: MLS Next Playoffs 

The U-17 and U-19 Rapids Academy squads got the results they needed over the last two weekends to qualify for the MLS Next playoffs. The U-15 team is still eligible for wildcard qualification, with the final standings rounding up this weekend. The playoffs will begin June 25 and run through July 3 in Dallas. Click here to read more. 

Rapids Homegrown signing Darren Yapi scored three goals over the last two weekends, contributing to both the U-19 and U-17 squads. On Wednesday, Yapi then made the roster for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, subbing on in their 4-2 victory.

Academy: Check Out Alan Salgado's Upper 90 Banger

See the full Academy results below. 

Saturday 6/5 vs Austin FC 

U-15: 1-0 Loss 

Sunday 6/6 vs SC Del Sol 

U-19: 3-1 Win – Yapi x2, Vasquez 

U-17: 7-1 Win – Swett x2, Salgado x2, Aguire, Torres, Miller 

U-15: 3-0 Win – Romo, Lahlou x2 

U-16: 5-1 Win – Macias, Moore, Castellon 

U-14: 1-0 Win – De Luna 

U-13: 3-3 Draw – Soltero, Vilallba, Aguirre 

Saturday 6/12 vs Houston Dynamo FC 

U-19: 2-1 Win – Vasquez, Salgado   

U-17: 1-0 Win – Yapi 

Sunday 6/13 vs San Antonio FC 

 U-17: 1-1 Draw -- Aguirre 

U-14: 4-0 Win – Robles, Simpson, De Luna, Ceballos 

U-15: 2-0 Win – Elicerio, Romo 

U-16: 2-1 Loss – Salfi

Kellyn Acosta returns to the Rapids 

After four games with the USMNT, Acosta rejoined the Rapids at training this week ahead of the team’s matchup against FC Cincinnati.

For upcoming international competition, U.S. Soccer is going to reveal the preliminary 60-man roster for the Concacaf Gold Cup by the end of the week, so stay tuned to ColoradoRapids.com to see which of your favorite Rapids players will be a part of the squad. The Gold Cup is set to begin July 10, with the final on Aug. 1.

MLS, BPC Celebrate Freedom on Juneteenth with Limited-Edition Jersey Numbers

Major League Soccer today announced plans to recognize Juneteenth – the effective end of slavery in the United States – with a series of initiatives that celebrate freedom. In collaboration with its clubs, Black Players for Change (BPC), an independent organization of Black MLS players, coaches, and staff seeking to increase inclusion in soccer that was established on Juneteenth 2020, MLS programs will include a limited-edition jersey auction, and the playing of the Black National Anthem (“Lift Every Voice and Sing”) before matches on the weekend beginning June 18.

Click here to read more about the initiative.