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Colorado OGs James Riley (far right in orange) and Bobby Burling (yellow boots in green) spar during training on Wednesday.

“OGs” Bobby Burling and James Riley set for Colorado home debut

Colorado-raised defenders James Riley and Bobby Burling have been part of many different clubs in their MLS careers, but both are looking forward to earning a win for the Rapids with this weekend’s homecoming match against New England. Burling, a Lewis-Palmer graduate from Monument, Colorado, returned home after the Chivas USA franchise folded. Extremely happy […]

Pablo Mastroeni directs a training drill with Colorado-raised Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill in the background.

Colorado teams head to Texas

The Colorado Rapids and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks head to Texas this weekend for early-season play in their respective leagues. The Rapids face the Houston Dynamo in the Oven (BBVA Compass Stadium) at 6:30 on Saturday. About 30 minutes later, the Switchbacks challenge the Austin Aztex at House Park 168 miles away. Few argue the hotbed […]

Colorado challenges west at Region IV ODP Championships

Ten teams from Colorado’s Olympic Development Program battled through qualifiers at the 2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships in Phoenix earlier this month. The birth-year range covered 1998 to 2002. No one came home a champion, but some might receive invitations to compete for their respective Region IV team at the National Championships next month, also […]

First glimpse of ECNL

I watched my first ECNL games at Addenbrooke Park in Lakewood this weekend, an eye-opening experience partially viewed through the lens of a video camera. Gobs of people told me the Elite Clubs National League is the girls’ equivalent of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy level for boys. If someone tells me about a higher level of 14- to 18-year-old girls […]

Oscar Montoya: Don’t forget the name

If you’re impatient, jump to 4:45 for the first goal of the game. Count the number of players on the field. Watch the whole first half and then the second half to see five more goals from Oscar. Oscar Montoya scored six goals for Chivas de Denver on Sunday, and he finished off a long cross a couple weeks ago with […]

First draft for Viva Colorado

Colorado Rapids: More than a team By Patrick Shea Commerce City – Isaac Martinez raced down the left wing with the ball at his feet, but opposing defender Davy Armstrong slid for a tough tackle and dribbled away during a Colorado Rapids training scrimmage at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, June 5. Assistant athletic […]

Lesson #5: Florida-based finalist story posted on

The story of Brian Loaiza’s path to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park went live on a wee bit ago: The highlighted “Brian Loaiza’s path to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park” and the long URL are the same link, but for some reason the big ugly URL looks neat to me. The lesson learned here is […]