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Youth Highlights

Individual Accomplishments

Gabe Rosario signs professional contract with Huddersfield FC, EPL

Gabe Findley called into Charlotte Independence 1st team

Yanni Pitsonis signs professional contract with PAS Lamia 1964, Greek 2nd Div  

 Lucas Hatsios, Henry Cordova, Gabe Rosario called into US Youth National Team camp.  

Nolan Hauser, Coleman Wilson, Matthew Micolucci, Chase Perry, Slate Danforth, Hogan Schrader, Andrew Hansen, Andrew Labadorf, Cuauthy Espinoza, Diego Cominges, Trevor Golden, Ty Walker, Henry Cordova, James Denham, Luke Husk, Lucas Hatsios, Zach Murphy, Judah Ravanell invited into US Soccer Training Centers

Henry Cordova, Nolan Hauser, Ethan Yates, Bennett Skinner called into Colorado Rapids for GA Cup events and international trip to Ireland.

Lucas Hatsios named to the top 150 players in the country by Top Drawer soccer.

Former Carolina Rapids player Jared Watts just started his 5th season in Major League Soccer with the Houston Dynamo.

Tori Paul – trained with the Trinidad National Team

Maria Rayburn and Olivia McPherson ECNL National Training Camp

Region 3 ODP Pool:  Olivia Simons, Addie Galek, Kendyl Lauher, Reagan Cullen, Tori Paul, Meredith Sheridan, Emma Wakeman, Faith Adams

Rapids ETP in Colorado:  Kennedy Hash, Maggie Hawkins, Gracie Hughes, Eleanor Nguyen, Elizabeth Perry, Zoe Sellers, Summer Sescila, Kylee Thompson, Maddie Waldron, Abigail Zimprich

Merrill Doherty – played in Colombia with US National Futsal Team

ECNL All Conference Players:  Faith Adams, Ash Serepca, Mia Thillet, Kursten Von Klahr

Faith Adams – HS All American, Topdrawer Nationals Top Eleven, ECNL Integrated National Camp

Team Success

18 Burgundy - US Club Regional Champions (3rd straight summer we've had either a US Club or USYS Region Champ)

18 ECNL - finished 2nd in group play so unfortunately didn't advance at Nationals, lost to two teams all year, the National Champs in league play and National Finalists in Seattle

WPSL - Conference Champs

Tournament and Season Team Accomplishments

2018-2019 SEASON
07 Burgundy GChampions, Charleston Cup
07 Grey GChampions, Charleston Cup
09 Grey GChampions, Charleston Cup
09 Burgundy Cabarrus G  Champions, St. Patrick's Day Cup
05 ECNL G Champions, Jefferson Cup 
06 Burgundy South GChampions, Charleston Cup 
06 Burgundy W-GC G Champions, Mount Pleasant Spring Shootout
08 Burgundy GFinalist, Charleston Cup
16U/17U USDAPlayoff spot, finished top 16 in the country
14U BurgundyNCYSA 2nd Division Champions
14U BlueNCYSA 2nd Division Champions
14U BlueFinalist, Kepner Cup

2017-2018 SEASON

03 Blue MLS Champions, 1st Strike Tournament
01 Blue Champions, 1st Strike Tournament
04 Burgundy G Champions, St. Patrick's Day Cup
05 Burgundy G Champions, St. Patrick's Day Cup
04 White G Champions, Lake Norman Fall Classic
06 South Burgundy G Champions, Lake Norman Fall Classic
02 White G Finalists, Lake Norman Fall Classic
01 BlueFinalists, Under Armour Cup
02 BurgundyFirst Place in Division, NCFC Showcase
01 Burgundy First Place in Division, NCFC Showcase 
03 Blue South Champions, Beach Soccer Classic
06 Burgundy MLSFinalists, Under Armour Cup
04 BlueChampions, Under Armour Cup
06 Grey G (U12 Burgundy)Champions, Under Armour Cup (playing up to U13)
05 Burgundy Finalists, Under Armour Cup
99 Blue Champions, Carolina Shootout
02 Blue Finalists, Carolina Shootout
06 Gold GFinalists, Charleston Shootout
04 White GFinalists, Carolina Cup
06 South GFinalists, Roanoke Cup 
05 SouthChampions, Carolina Cup

Archives of previous seasons

06 Grey Girls
15 G's White 

College Highlights

Abby Givens, Princeton Hermann Trophy Watchlist

Molly McGarry, UNCW Preseason All CAA Team

Riley Orr, Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week

Elliot Panicco was named first team freshman All-American and freshman defensive player of the year in 2015. Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year 2017.

Phillip Goodrum was a Third-Team All-Midwest Region selection by the United Soccer Coaches as a sophomore ... First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association and NCCSIA All-State. 2018 Preseason All-CAA selection

We have almost 50 girls playing in college this fall.

Freshman Highlights 

Started at Least Once in first 3-4 Games:  Ash Serepca (UVA), Madison Oracion (Maryland), Brynn Douglas (Charlotte), Julia Honeycutt (Charlotte), Erin McRae (Stetson)

Seen the field in first 3-4 Games:  Riley Kucko (Jacksonville State), Mia Thillet (NC State), Kursten Von Klahr (NC State), Kaelee Van Gundy (Arkansas), Lindsay Poff (App State)

AJ Moyes appeared in all 18 games(starting 13) for Wheaton College as a freshman last season.

Jordy Briceno Appeared in all 21 games as a freshman at Greensboro College and was third overall leader in points.

Former WPSL Players in Pros

Martha Thomas (Havre AC *France)

Maddie Huster (Washington Spirit)

Ally Haran (Seattle Reign)

Rapids in College

We are proud of our former players that are competing at the collegiate level. They're up to great things and finding success on the field.  Read about what they're doing and check out where they're playing!

Join us in congratulating these current Rapids players who have committed to play in college after their high school graduation!

Jonathan Nyandjo - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Ryan Baer - West Virginia (2020)
Tori Paul - Maryland (2020)
Faith Adams - Wake Forest (2020)
Emma Wakeman - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Lea Wissell - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Lily Suyao - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Malcolm Walters - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Hailey Matthews - Miami University, Ohio (2020)
Sean Suber - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Max Wright - American University (2019)
Syd Smith - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Katie Phillips - ETSU (2019)
Kellan Culver - Gardner Webb (2019)
Aminah Johnson - Coastal Carolina (2019)
Kasey Hahn - Catawba (2020)
Helen Summerell - Catawba (2019)
Anamaria Evans - Queens (2019)
Matthew Skinner - UNC Greensboro (2019)
Kyle Bardusch - Winthrop (2019)
Annika Ford - The Citadel (2019)
Naomi Fountain - UNC Pembroke (2019)
Sam Grembecki - Birmingham Southern (2019)
Lily Holloway - Sarah Lawrence (2019)
Aminah Johnson - Coastal Carolina (2019)
Katie Moore - Mississippi State University (2019)
Jada Palmer - Queens University (2019)
Zion Sellers - UNC Pembroke (2019)
Dean DePinto - Montclair State University (2019)
Owen Peeler - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Tyler Young - Cambell Unviersity (2019)
Davis Biggerstaff - High Point University (2019)
Roberto Umana - USC Upstate (2019)
Jake Kwiatkowski - Wofford (2019)
Nico Piro - Belmont Abbey (2019)
Ryan Cowie - Belmont Abbey (2019)
Issac Haddock - Greensboro College (2019)
Nico Soriano - Pfeiffer University (2019)
Corey Lavinder - Belmont University (2019)


Increased Exposure through the Colorado Rapids adidas Alliance

Players who are interested in playing college in or around the Colorado, Las Vegas, Alburquerque, Rapid City areas have an opportunity to gain access and exposure to college recruiting.  Our adidas Alliance Partners with Colorado Rapids, Black Hills Rapids, Downtown Las Vegas and Rio Rapids Soccer Club can help provide true national exposure in different regions of the country with guest training and playing so you can truly showcase your skills.  We currently connect all our players eligible for college with a shared college tracking document than can assist in networking for players all within the Adidas Alliance.  For Rapids Members only.  

Recent Accomplishments

We are proud of the how far we've come over the years and the many accomplishments of our teams, players and coaches!

October 2018

US Soccer YNT Training Center Players:

Nolan Hauser 
Chase Perry
Diego Cominges
Hogan Schrader
Cuauthy Espinoza 
Drew Hansen

Colorado GA Cup:

Steven Cordova
Donovan Roux
Nolan Hauser 
Ethan Yates
Bennett Skinner

Feb 20, 2018
ECNL Player Development Program

We are extremely excited to announce our ECNL program had 9 players selected to attend the upcoming Mid Atlantic region ECNL PDP.  The event will take place February 24-25 in Greenville, SC, and will be attended by the top performers from the division.

Please join us in congratulating Faith Adams, Meg McHugh, Alex Odle, Sydney Smith, Emma Wakeman, Addison Galek, Ella Joaquin, Kaehler Marsh, and Maria Rayburn!

The ECNL Player Development Program works in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s  id2 Player Development Program (‘ECNL PDP’).  The ECNL PDP events provide an opportunity for the top players within every ECNL conference to play with and against the best players within their region at multiple age groups, and to attend presentations from leading coaches or experts in elite athlete development. The ECNL PDPs are created with three primary goals:  identify the top players within each ECNL conference at multiple age groups, provide a developmental experience, and recognize and reward individual performance and achievement. 

February 16, 2018
Adams headed to Germany

Please join us in congratulating Faith Adams who was selected to join the Region III ODP team on an upcoming trip to Germany.  Faith, who has verbally committed to play at Wake Forest, will spend 10 days in April traveling to various parts of the country training and playing against some of the top female clubs in Germany!  We are so proud of Faith and can't wait to hear about this wonderful opportunity!

Cordova to travel with Colorado to Houston
Steven Cordova (U15 Carolina Rapids DA) will join the Colorado Rapids 2003 squad for the 2nd round of the Generation Adidas Cup from Feb 15-19 in Houston, Texas.

The Generation adidas Cup takes place over three rounds, with two sets of regional qualifiers leading up to the final event in April 2018 in Frisco, Texas. At the end of the two rounds of qualifying, the top two teams in each region will advance to the Championship Division at the GA Cup proper, with the rest slotting in the Premier Division. All teams will face international Academy Clubs out in Texas.


Wakeman headed to Costa Rica

Congratulations to ECNL GK Emma Wakeman for being selected to go to Costa Rica with the '02 ODP Region III team.  Emma not only will represent the club, but she'll represent our state as the only North Carolina player selected.  Her week long trip beings Feb 22, and will consist of 3 games, multiple training sessions, as well as opportunities to tour the local area!  Congratulations and good luck Emma!!!

 GABE ROSARIO United States National Team Call-up with the Under-18’s

Big news for Gabe Rosario, our former Development Academy player, on his United States National Team Call-up with the Under-18’s. Gabe and the squad will be competing in the Under-18’s Mens National Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.
Mia Thillet invited to join Puerto Rican National Team
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First Female Professional Soccer Player

Cassidy Coutinho - A successful alumni of Carolina Rapids, Cassidy started every college game at Belmont Abbey.  Her performances led her to all conference awards, all tournament, scoring/assist records with the former Captain graduating with Summa Cum Laude from the Honors School and now is the first professional female soccer player from the Carolina Rapids playing for Dimas Escazu FC of Costa Rica. The team plays in the Primera Division of the National Women’s Soccer League.


A big congratulations goes out to  
Wesley Atoyebi (USDA U12) who was selected by U.S. Youth Futsal to represent our country with the national team! 
   Gabe Rosario headed to England

After a successful trial during the summer of 2015, Gabriel Rosario was offered and accepted a 2 year scholarship with Reading Football Club in England. Reading are regarded as one of the top academy programs in the country and we wish Gabe much success as he pursues his dream of a professional contract.



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