The Rapids held their first 11-v-11 scrimmage in training on Sat, Feb. 13 and James had an excellent showing in just his second session working with the First Team, scoring the match's most exciting goal of the morning.
The present met what may be the future on Saturday as 16-year old Rapids Academy member James Rogers took the field with the Rapids' first team.
Rogers earned the opportunity to train with the pros after showing well over the last couple of months, including an eye-opening performance at the Development Academy Showcase in Phoenix last December. Although eligible for the Rapids U16 team, he is training and playing full time with the Rapids U18s.
Rogers was born in Sierra Leone and moved to Colorado last year after living in Utah for several years, where he last played full-time for Sparta Premier. He also played for the Ogden Outlaws last summer and participated with RSL’s SUM Cup team.
Rogers was recognized at the national level when he was named to the US U15 National Team Pool.
On Saturday, James took part in the Rapids' first team warm-ups on the fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and then was treated to a core fitness session that centered around boxing. Then the fun began.
A forward, Rogers got his first touch early in the 8v8 games and drove straight to goal, sailing a shot high over the bar. He created several more opportunities in the session and proved he can be an asset in possession and defending as well. His performance on the day earned praise from the Rapids' first team coaches and players alike.
Click here to watch a video interview with James taken immediately after the session!
Check back here to The Rapids Undercurrent, as the Rapids Academy will keep you updated on the progress of this talented Rapids Youth Team member!
Rapids Academy Player Vitals:
Rapids Academy U18 team (age-eligible for U16 team)
Poudre High School - Junior