Thursday, November 5, 2009

Paul Bravo's Off-Season Scouting Update


Hi everyone, just wanted to check in with everyone. Now that the Rapids’ season is over, we can turn our full attention toward concentrating 100% on our 2010 preparations.

As we do every season around this time, our technical staff is hard at work splitting up scouting responsibilities.

While we’ve been working on 2010 for a while now, suddenly there’s a lot of big events coming up in the next few weeks that the Rapids’ technical and coaching staff will be dividing up making appearances at. Some of the big collegiate events coming up this month that we have on our agenda include tournaments like:

-the Big 10 Quarterfinals from Nov. 11-13 in Bloomington, Indiana
-the ACC Play-in and Quarterfinals, Nov. 10—22 in Raleigh-Durham
-the Big East Semifinals Nov. 12 in Pittsburgh
-the Missouri Valley Semifinals Nov. 21 in Des Moines
-and closer to home, the Mountain Pacific Tournament Nov. 12-14 here in Denver.

The Rapids have a long history of aggressively scouting NCAA players and talent, and this year will be no exception. While other MLS clubs may be in attendance at some of these events as well, we are making a concerted effort to have the best and most comprehensive grasp of America’s college age players ahead of the Super Draft.

Also, we’ll be right here at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for next week’s Colorado High School Boys 3A, 4A and 5A soccer championships to keep an eye on some of our homegrown local talent.

November’s a big month for our 2010 preparations; while the Rapids are still training out here every day at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the technical staff are trying to finish out our postseason training whilst also making our final preparations for 2010 Spring Training and covering all of our scouting initiatives.

It’s a lot to keep us all going, and we’re keeping very busy, but I wanted to take the time to let all the fans out there know how hard we are working toward strengthening our team and building toward a better 2010 season.

Thanks

-Paul Bravo
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1 comment:

John said...

Thanks for the update. This is the sort of update that many of us Rapid-heads like to read. We know its happening, but fun to read about.