Current of Colorado started with Patrick Shea’s failed MLS tryout on a chilly November weekend in 1995.
Shea joined 180 other guys at the Colorado talent search. No one made the cut, but Shea wrote a 1,000-word description of the weekend and continues to cover MLS, the Colorado Rapids, and special soccer events in the state.
At the close of 2014, Shea expanded coverage with the help of Brian Jennings and John and Marko Babiak. With pictures and video, Current of Colorado features all levels of the beautiful game.
Patrick Shea played his first soccer game in 1968 in Colorado Springs. After an annual quest to get out of Region IV to qualify for the McGuire Cup national youth tournament, Shea played for Palmer High School and Colorado College while coaching soccer camps during the summer. A move to Denver in 1985 introduced Shea to the Colorado Amateur Soccer League, and he continues to play for Colorado- and Seattle-based teams today. After writing an account of his failed MLS tryout in 1995, Shea has published more than one million words about the Colorado Rapids and notable soccer events in Colorado.
Brian 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 began with MLS in 1998 as a member of the Kansas City Wizards front office. After a brief stint with the Wizards, he was hooked and has stayed involved in the league ever since (enjoying the Wizards 2000 MLS Cup year as a season-ticket holder). Brian joins the Current of Colorado as an active member of the media. For the last 15 seasons, he has covered MLS, USMNT, USWNT, and international friendly matches for what has now become soccer365.com. Brian’s work has also appeared on mlssoccer.com, coloradorapids.com, and news agencies from other MLS markets. Brian will be a regular attendee at Rapids training sessions, home games, and an occasional road match to provide reactions of players and coaches from both locker rooms in their own words.
John Babiak is a freelance photographer and storyteller with a passion for visual journalism. John reports on ecology, public health, government, and sports-related topics. Covering MLS, the Colorado Rapids, and the U.S. Women's and Men's National Soccer Teams since 2009, he is excited to contribute his images, videos, and stories to the Current of Colorado.