Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today the full 2018 Premier Development League (PDL) schedule for Colorado Rapids U-23 team. This marks the second consecutive year the Rapids U-23 team will take part in the PDL.
The U-23s opening day roster will include 11 players returning from the 2018 squad, including Indiana forward Griffin Dorsey, Denver forward Andre Shinyashiki, Wake Forest defender Sam Raben, Denver defender Scott DeVoss, and recent Denver transfer Moshe Perez -- all of whom have been included on the 2018 PDL Top 50 Players to Watch list. Perez was a PDL best 11 selection at FC Tucson last season, while Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic will also join the group this summer. The remainder of the roster is comprised with Rapids Academy Alums and current Academy players.
"The U-23 program has proven very fruitful for the club in the short time it has existed," said Rapids U-23 general manager Brian Crookham. Our last three homegrown signing and our 2017 first-round draft pick all had their final tests in the program. The PDL is an excellent league with a track record of producing professional players and we are excited to return in 2018 with a roster that we are very proud of.
While the program will look to continue its success from a competitive standpoint, more impressive may be its record in placing players in the professional game. Homegrown players Kortne Ford and Ricardo Perez were joined by Rapids 2017 first round draft pick Sam Hamilton in the program’s inaugural run during the summer of 2016. Last year, the clubs first season in the PDL, saw Homegrown signing Sam Vines and MLS first round picks Jeff Caldwell (NYCFC) and Graham Smith (Sporting KC) all advance to the professional level.
Colorado Rapids U-23 kick off their campaign on Friday, May 18, against the Colorado Pride Switchbacks. The game will take place at 5:30 PM on the UCCS Training Field at DICK'S Sporting Park.To keep up-to-date with the Rapids U-23 click HERE.
|Friday, May 18||Col. Pride Switchbacks U23||5:30 PM|
|Sunday, May 20||Col. Pride Switchbacks U23||5:30 PM|
|Friday, June 1||Albuquerque Sol F.C.||5:30 PM|
|Sunday, June 3||Albuquerque Sol F.C.||5:30 PM|
|Friday, June 8||at Ogden City SC||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, June 9||at Ogden City SC||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, June 14||Ogden City SC||5:30 PM|
|Sunday, June 17||at FC Tucson||5:30 PM|
|Thursday, June 28||at Albuquerque Sol F.C.||7:30 PM|
|Saturday, June 30||at Albuquerque Sol F.C.||7:30 PM|
|Tuesday, July 3||at Col. Pride Switchbacks U23||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, July 11||FC Tucson||5:30 PM|