Rapids Hosting Top Youth Players in the Country This Week

COMMERCE CITY Colo. (June 29 2009) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club will be hosting the top youth soccer players in the country at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend as a trio of events take place starting this Saturday.
The 2009 SUM U-17 Cup the adidas ESP invitation-only camp and the Rapids adidas Alliance Jamboree all will take place at the home of the Rapids in the coming days.
Soccer United Marketing’s third annual Youth Development soccer tournament the SUM U-17 Cup kicks off on Saturday July 4 at the soccer complex at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City Colorado.
The tournament will feature U-17 Youth Development teams from 10 different MLS clubs and will culminate with the championship game being played on Wednesday July 8th.
The featured game of the tournament will be the Rapids' U-17 side vs. Toronto FC on Tuesday July 7th at 5:15pm inside the stadium.
The team pool is comprised of the U-17 academy teams that are part of MLS clubs.
The 10 teams will compete in a round robin group phase with the group winners advancing to the final.
The champion will take home the coveted SUM U-17 Cup and earns the opportunity to participate in the 2010 Trofeo Quixote U-17 tournament in Madrid Spain.
Updates and results from each match will be available for fans to follow the games exclusively on The Rapids Undercurrent the team blog of the Colorado Rapids!
All SUM U-17 games are free and open to the public to attend.
The SUM U-17 Cup schedule is as follows:
Sat. July 4 9:30AM DC United v. Colorado Rapids 15 DC 1-0 COL
9:30am FC Dallas v. LA Galaxy 17 FCD 2-1 LA
11:30am Toronto FC v. Real Salt Lake 13 TOR 2-3 RSL
11:30am Houston Dynamo v. KC Wizards 15 HOU 2-0 KC
11:30am Columbus Crew v. Chicago Fire 17 CLB 5-1 CHI
Sun. July 5 6:45pm Toronto FC v. Columbus Crew 15 TOR 3-2 CLB
6:45pm Houston Dynamo v. Real Salt Lake 17 HOU 1-1 RSL (HOU 6-5 on PK's)
8:00pm DC United v. LA Galaxy 14 DCU 1-1 LA (LA 4-2 on PK's)
8:00pm FC Dallas v. KC Wizards 18 FCD 6-2 KC
8:00pm Colorado Rapids v. Chicago Fire 16 COL 3-4 CHI
Mon. July 6 -no matches scheduled -
Tues. July 7 9:30am Houston Dynamo v. Coumbus Crew 15 HOU 1-2 CLB
9:30am LA Galaxy v. Chicago Fire 17 LA 5-4 CHI
11:30am Real Salt Lake v. FC Dallas 17 RSL 1-1 FCD (RSL 5-3 on PK's)
11:30am KC Wizards v. DC United 15 KC 0-1 DC
5:15pm Colorado Rapids v. Toronto FC Stadium Pitch COL 2-1 TOR
7:00pm adidas ESP All-Star match Stadium Pitch
Wed. July 8 9:00am Consolation game #1 13 COL 1-5 KC
9:00am Consolation game #2 15 TOR 1-2 CHI
9:00am Consolation game #3 17 HOU 2-1 LA
11:00am Third Place game 16 RSL 1-0 CLB
11:00am Championship Match 18 DC 1-1 FCD (DC wins 6-5 on PK's)
The adidas ESP (Elite Soccer Program) will run concurrently with the SUM U-17 Cup. adidas ESP brings together the top high school players in the country for a week of top-level training. Participation is by invitation only; participants are selected based on recommendations from a national scouting network. Program alumni include MLS stars such as Michael Parkhurst Brad Guzan Maurice Edu and Chris Seitz. adidas ESP starts Friday July 3 and culminates with the championship games held on Wednesday July 8.
Additionally the Colorado Rapids adidas Alliance Jamboree will take place on the complex this same weekend as well. The Rapids' official adidas Alliance clubs (Boulder County Force Colorado Storm and Pride Soccer Club) will send players from their teams to participate in a series of friendly matches in the U-11 to U-14 age groups. The objective of the Rapids adidas Alliance Jamboree is to provide an opportunity for the players of the Rapids' alliance clubs to come together in friendly competition and provide an idea-sharing forum for the technical staffs from each club.
About the SUM U-17 Cup:
As a part of the "Home Grown Initiative the SUM U-17 Cup will focus on player development while providing elite competition for those involved. Offering its participants a great opportunity for dedicated elite soccer players to meet in a high-level playing environment the SUM U-17 Cup is both challenging and rewarding for everyone involved.
About adidas ESP:
Founded in 1997 adidas ESP has served over 1000 of the finest youth players from across the United States and become the most recognized development camp in the country. adidas ESP is where the top high school age players come together to improve their soccer skills test their competitive ability learn about managing off the field challenges in preparation for college and other growth opportunities and get scouted by college and professional team coaches.
About the Rapids adidas Alliance:
The Rapids adidas Alliance was established to create a working relationship between existing 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. Adidas Alliance clubs will also have exclusive access to on-field and in-stadium educational events with the Colorado Rapids.
About Soccer United Marketing:
Founded in 2002 Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent commercial soccer company in North America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to the Mexican National Team tour on U.S. soil; management of the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ the region's premier tournament for national teams; marketing promotional and broadcast rights to the prestigious Mexican club tournament - InterLiga™ and ownership and management of SuperLiga™ - the innovative club tournament in North America involving teams from MLS and Mexico's First Division which will decide the continent's champion and secure an unprecedented $1 million dollars in prize money. Other properties managed by SUM include the FC Barcelona USA Tour 2006 and the Real Madrid American Tour 2005. This extensive list of holdings is represented by SUM's slogan: One Sport. One Company.