Dillon Serna playing in Reserve game

Youth Soccer Update - October 6

ACADEMY PRODUCT DAVY ARMSTRONG MAKES PROFESSIONAL DEBUT: Rapids Academy product Davy Armstrong, who became the Colorado Rapids’ first ever homegrown player when he was signed on August 16, 2010, made his professional debut with the Rapids in their 3-1 victory over Isidro Metapán in El Salvador on Sept. 28. He entered the match at right midfield for goal-scorer Eddie Ababio in the 62 minute of the CONCACAF Champions League match, and eventually moved into a central midfield role. Armstrong, from Aurora, Colo., entered the Rapids youth system in 2007 and played on the Rapids U-18 Development Academy teams and was the 2008 Colorado State Player of the Year.

COLORADO RAPIDS ACADEMY RANKS AMONG TOP PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY: The Colorado Rapids Development Academy, U.S. Soccer Development Academy member since 2007, ranked among the top 20 youth development programs in U.S. Soccer’s yearly evaluation of its 78 teams. Based on a five star scale, the Rapids received at least three stars in five of seven categories, including Player Development, which focuses on the history of youth national team and professional players produced, and Style of Play.

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SUPPLEMENTAL TRYOUTS BEGIN OCT. 23: The Colorado Rapids Development Academy will be holding supplemental tryouts to fill spots on the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Development Academy teams, as well as the U-15, U-16, and U-17 Colorado Youth Soccer Teams on Sunday, October 23 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. In addition, Colorado Fusion will be holding their team formation sessions at the same time and location giving each player the opportunity to find a competitive team appropriate to his level of ability. Any interested players should contact the Colorado Rapids Youth Academy main office at 303-727-3537 or send an email to rapidsacademy@dsgpark.com. For more information on the Rapids Academy tryouts, please click here.

U-11 BOYS WIN TREBOL COLORADO SHOOTOUT IN GOLD DIVISION: The Colorado Rapids U-11 boys team claimed first place in the Gold division of the 2011 Trebol Colorado Shootout, which was held September 30 through October 2 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The team went 3-1-0 throughout the tournament, winning their final match 4-1 over St. Vrain FC for the championship. The tournament, sponsored by Trebol Soccer Club, is the premier Colorado Youth Soccer event and allows youth players to compete at the highest levels.

ACADEMY PLAYERS DILLON SERNA AND RICARDO PEREZ CONTRIBUTE TO RAPIDS RESERVE VICTORY: Colorado Rapids Development Academy midfielders Dillon Serna and Ricardo Perez contributed to the Rapids Reserves convincing 5-1 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Serna, who has been training with the Rapids since returning from nine months at the United States Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., came on as a substitute for Josh Janniere in the 76th minute, while Perez came on in the 82nd for Joseph Nane. Serna has played a total of 145 minutes in five appearances (one start) with the Rapids Reserves, while Perez made his sixth appearance (one start) totaling 199 minutes.

BRENDAN ROSLUND NAMED WEST COAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Former Rapids Academy goalkeeper Brendan Roslund, a junior at the University of San Francisco, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for helping his team to a 2-0-0 start to league play, the best for the program since 2008, with back-to-back overtime victories over Gonzaga and No. 25 Portland. Roslund notched a shutout against Gonzaga and collected seven saves and an assist against Portland.

PATRICK SLOGIC NAMED A PLAYER TO WATCH BY TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM: Former Rapids Academy defender Patrick Slogic was named one of TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 20 players to watch in the Ivy League. Slogic, a sophomore at Cornell University, has played and started all nine matches of the 2011 season and is second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists (six points) for the Big Red. Originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., Slogic was part of the Colorado Rapids Development Academy from 2007-2009 and was named the adidas Colorado MVP in 2007.

RAPIDS’ RUN IN COLORADO YOUTH SOCCER PRESIDENTS CUP CONCLUDES: The Under-13 Girls team from the Colorado Rapids Youth program, who was the final team remaining in Colorado Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, fell 5-1 to the Colorado Storm in the quarterfinals round on September 25 and were eliminated from the tournament. The U-14 and U-15 girls also competed in the tournament but were eliminated in the quarterfinals and bracket play, respectively, last month. The tournament winners will qualify for the Regional US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, a prestigious nation-wide tournament featuring the best youth teams from around the country.

RAPIDS U-16/U-18 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TEAMS BEGIN SEASON IN NOVEMBER: The Colorado Rapids Under-16 and Under-18 Teams, which play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, continue training, with the 2011-2012 season starting in November. The Rapids play in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference, which is on break due to the local high school soccer season. Select players who opted not to play for their high school teams participated in the Colorado Amateur Soccer League, in which they went 5-3-0 and will participate in the Amateur Cup on Oct. 14-16. The U-16 and U-18 Teams are the most competitive in the Rapids youth system, with a focus on developing some of the state’s top players through technical work and top level competition. The teams will play their first match on November 19 against the Houston Dynamo U-16 and U-18 Teams.

more information on the Colorado Rapids Academy can be found at www.ColoradoRapids.com/youth.