Rapids Academy defender Quentin Pearson

Academy's Quentin Pearson invited to U.S. Soccer's elite player national combine

CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2013) - U.S. Soccer has invited 64 of the country's elite 15 to 17-year-old players to participate in a National Combine from Aug. 9-13 at Nike's World Headquarters in Portland, Ore. Included in the group is Colorado Rapids Academy defender Quentin Pearson, who recently helped the Rapids U-16s to a third place national finish after going undefeated at the U.S. Development Academy Finals.

This five-day camp is part of U.S. Soccer's expanded Training Center program launched in 2013 and is designed to evaluate and build the core for the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team pool. Led by U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore, men's Youth National Team staff will run the sessions.

In July, Pearson and Rapids U-16s teammate Kortne Thompson-Ford were both named to the U.S. Soccer Academy Starting XI for the Central Conference for the 2012-2013 season.

The player pool was selected by U.S. Soccer scouts through assessment at Training Centers and Local Combines, Development Academy events and other youth soccer programs over the past year. This National Combine is a premier opportunity for the nation's top high school-aged boys to be evaluated by National Team staff and scouts from around the country.

Each year, U.S. Soccer holds more than 200 Training Center sessions, which are a one-day National Team player identification program that connects the top local players with Youth National Team scouts.