CURRENTS: USMNT/USWNT/FIFA

From the SnowClasico World Cup qualifier to international friendly games, Colorado periodically features top FIFA events

Defending strikers first

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni and Mainz 05 head coach Martin Schmidt are doppelgängers who need to meet face-to-face when the Bundesliga team returns to Colorado next summer. Both coaches were players who stepped over the sideline for the last time but didn’t walk past the bench. They share a philosophy that defensive shape produces offense and goals. […]

Patcast Blue Rush

Gates Soccer Complex/Addenbrooke Park — By sheer coincidence, Current of Colorado filmed three Colorado Rush games this weekend. After filming two DA battles on Saturday against Colorado Storm (and then Switchbacks/Sounders 2), capturing the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup pre-qualifier in Lakewood on Sunday was another Blue Rush event with alums and coaches beating FC Boulder, […]

Three ships passed through the night in Colorado

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Cadet Soccer Stadium, Switchbacks Stadium — This past week featured at least three huge soccer events at the same time in Colorado (some in the same location). But most people missed out. Current of Colorado was on the ground with all three groups. Only a handful of the participants themselves even knew […]

Perfect storm or clear skies?

Superior soccer visited Colorado this week to create a perfect storm that most people missed. This was an opportunity to learn from top international teams from Germany and Mexico. The handful of coaches, players, and fans who witnessed Colorado Cup 2016 will remember seeing something special, and they will mark their calendars for next year. If it was good enough […]

Get your tickets for Mainz 05 in Colorado July 12, 13

See this promo for the Colorado Cup 2016, and then buy your tickets through coloradocup2016.com. Spread the word through the soccer community. These games have been scheduled for months, but players, coaches, and fans in the region still don’t know about Mainz 05 playing Switchbacks FC at Switchbacks Stadium on July 12 and Leones Negros at […]

Colorado youth players recount trip to Mainz earlier this year

NOTE: The audio accompanying this video comes from Xtra Sports 1300 in Colorado Springs announcing the two exhibition games between Mainz 05 against Switchbacks FC (July 12 at Switchbacks Stadium) and Mainz 05/Leones Negros at USAFA on July 13. Get tickets and information from the Colorado Cup 2016 Web site. Colorado/Germany — Although Mainz 05 won’t arrive […]

Coming home to Colorado with Mainz 05 as guests

Switchbacks Stadium/Cadet Soccer Stadium (Colorado Springs) — It might look like two more soccer games on the local calendar, but the Colorado Cup is much bigger than that. It’s a hometown player’s return from Germany with gifts for Colorado soccer fans (two exhibition games, coaches clinics, camps, and special appearances from Mainz 05). Brought to you by Justin Rose […]

Bundesliga’s 1. FSV Mainz 05 coming to Colorado

Switchbacks Stadium (Colorado Springs) — Now sixth in the top Bundesliga table, 1. FSV Mainz 05 is heading to Colorado for two games in July. The ancient German club will face Switchbacks FC in the F.R.E.E.D.O.M* Cup at Switchbacks Stadium on July 12, 2016. On July 13, Mainz will take on Mexico’s Leones Negros in the Colorado Cup at […]

USWNT-Japan draw showcases Colorado soccer roots

Photos by John Babiak. Interviews/writing/video-editing by Pat Shea. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — In a rematch of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final, Japan scored twice in the first 22 minutes, the U.S. Women’s National Team equalized off two Alex Morgan goals, Japan played the final 37 minutes with 10 players, Lindsey Horan put the […]