I caught the initial trickle in 1995 along with 180 other guys at a Major League Soccer talent search in Colorado. No one in the group advanced toward the payroll for that inaugural season. After I handed in my bib, I wrote a 1,000-word description of the weekend and have been writing about MLS and the Colorado Rapids ever since.
Now I’m getting some help. At the close of the 2014 MLS season, Brian Jennings adds the perspective of an MLS veteran reporter. Jennings didn’t grow up as a soccer fan in the “American” football-rich midwest. But now he is solidly entrenched in the game as a fan, player, and media member in the Rocky Mountains. His involvement in MLS started in 1998 as a member of the Kansas City Wizards front office. After a brief stint there, he was hooked and has stayed involved in the league ever since, enjoying the Wizards 2000 MLS Cup year as a season-ticket holder before moving to Colorado. Jennings joins the Current of Colorado as an active member of the media covering MLS, USMNT, USWNT, and International Friendly matches the last 15 seasons for what has now become Soccer365.com, as well as contributing appearances with mls.com, coloradorapids.com, and news agencies from other MLS markets. Jennings will be a regular attendee at Rapids training sessions, home games, and the occasional road match with reactions of players and coaches from both locker rooms in their own words. You may follow Jennings on Twitter: @MLSfrom5280.
John Babiak and his son Marko capture photos at Rapids games and training sessions, and I’m grateful for the chance to use their images on this site as well.