Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is a local soccer club who strives to provide an opportunity for all levels of players from beginner to advanced, from three to professional. CRYSC is one of the only true full-service soccer clubs in the nation providing soccer for all types of players from all different types of backgrounds.
How We Are Different
- Professional Team Partnership
- Largest Outreach in Nation
- Development Academy Affiliation
- Full-Time Dedicated Athletic Trainer
- Highest Licensed Coaches Nationally
- Dedicated Technical Staff
- Professional Goalkeeper Coaches
- Partnership with Sport Psychology Consultants
We provide an environment where young soccer players from diverse backgrounds are guided and inspired to reach their full potential both on and off the field.
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is committed to providing the community with a model of quality youth development, education, and inspiration through the sport.
- To provide quality coaching that engages, challenges and inspires young athletes, regardless of previous experience, to reach their highest level in the sport of soccer;
- To provide the best possible facilities where talented young soccer players can access programming that allows them to enjoy the sport, to mature and reach their full potential;
- To fulfill civic responsibility by actively participating in community partnerships and activities;
- To encourage and provide support allowing our athletes to achieve academic success;
- To provide a pathway open to all young soccer players who wish to participate, allowing them to reach their full potential through identification, education, and competition;
- To provide an environment where young soccer players build character through the development of important life skills such as time management, responsibility, resilience, sportsmanship, work ethic and teamwork;
- To provide an environment where open honest communication between staff, players and parents is encouraged;
- To provide a structure and environment where winning is important but player development is paramount;
- To create a safe environment that contributes to the development of mentally and physically healthy individuals that have self-confidence and respect for themselves and for others,
- To provide our membership with a high level of customer service that ensures a quality experience; and,
- To create an environment that facilitates the growth of the sport of soccer and fosters a love of the game.
- Caleb Meyer
- Evan Husney
- Sharon Schneider
- Stephen Redden
- Lindsey Ghiselli
- Lisa D’Ambrosia
- Andres Pedraza
- Sean O’Hara
- Manny Rodriguez
- Ted Leonard
- Casey Dugan
- Robert Klamser
2020 Board Reelection Members
Biography coming soon.
Sharon Schneider is an entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and strategy consultant to the next generation of social impact founders and family offices. Currently, Sharon is Executive Director of the Telluray Foundation in Colorado and also serves on the board of the Denver Tennis Park and Bright by Text. Previously, Sharon served as the founding Director of the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group. She was also co-founder and CEO of the for profit social enterprise Moxie Jean, which was acquired by Schoola in 2015.
Sharon and her husband have 3 kids, 2 of which are committed Rapids players. Together they coached their youngest daughter’s team for several seasons but are now happy to cheer from the sidelines, making encouraging noises but never shouting directions because that would be pointless and annoying to other spectators.
Ted has been involved with the Rapids Youth Soccer Club since 2014 as a parent, volunteer coach and as a member of the Board of Directors. Ted grew up playing soccer in Colorado and ultimately played collegiately in upstate New York at Hamilton College. Professionally, Ted is a technology and finance industry veteran who has deep roots as an entrepreneur. He spent over a decade gaining experience across multiple industries and business functions, including: board-level oversight and advisory, executive management, corporate finance, day-to-day operations and transactions.
Ted enjoys spending his free time with his family and is a proud father of two boys, Tripp and Max. He is an avid skier and golfer and enjoys hiking, fly fishing and contributing to the growth of youth soccer.
2020 Current Board Members
Andrés Pedraza is excited to join the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, and bring with him his passion toward the development of young players, and his vast professional experience from working at multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Since he was a child in Colombia, or even as a young adult in the Denver Metropolitan area, Andrés was devoted to the sport of soccer. In fact, like many kids, he dreamt of playing professionally one day, but unfortunately, this never materialized. In his younger years, he experienced first-hand the monetary hardships of playing competitive soccer and the necessity for additional outreach tools for monolingual parents. During college, he attended DU, the University of Miami, and UC Denver where he developed a niche in the creation and the delivery of complex financial strategies. Most recently, he transitioned from managing a multibillion-dollar budget for a supply chain organization to lead very large M&A and restructuring operations of key NBC/Telemundo assets. Andrés is going to focus his energy on breaking down language barriers; in order for all families in our footprint to thoroughly enjoy the Rapids experience. Finally, in his spare time, Andrés loves to watch soccer matches with his wife and his 3-year-old son and hopes to instill in him the same love and passion he has for the sport.
Biography coming soon.
Casey and his wife Cori have 2 children, Coen (10yo) & Emma (7yo). Coen has been part of CRYSC for 5 years and has developed a passion for soccer, particularly goalkeeping. Being a former competitive athlete through high school and college, Casey appreciates the impact an organization like CRYSC can have on a child’s development and is excited to play a more active role in the future of the club. Casey is currently the Director of Pharmacy Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and earned his Pharm.D. from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Lindsey joined the board because she is passionate about soccer and the valuable role it provides our children. Lindsey lives in Denver with her husband, Gary, and their three children who are currently avid soccer players. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Colorado 12 years ago. Prior to moving to Denver she worked in management at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for 7 years until 2004 when their daughter was born. Lindsey was a scholarship athlete who played soccer for Loyola Marymount University, a NCAA Division 1 program in the WCC. Their youngest just started kindergarten and Lindsey is ready to take on new challenges.
Lisa brings knowledge and experience of various Board positions and her passion for youth soccer and youth personal development to the Rapids Youth Organization. Lisa and her husband, Greg, have three daughters playing in the ECNL program with Rapids, and they both enjoy watching their children grow and develop as soccer players and leaders both on and off the field. Lisa received a B.A. in Political Science from University of the South, J.D. from University of Mississippi School of Law and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Lisa is the Managing Director of Minor & Brown, P.C., a Denver law firm, where she focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and Commercial Real Estate.
Manny Rodriguez is the chief marketing and experience officer for UCHealth, a nationally recognized Colorado health system comprised of leading community hospitals and the region’s top academic medical center. Mr. Rodriguez joined UCHealth in June 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the brand, marketing, advertising, sponsorships, public relations, and patient experience.
A seasoned marketing executive with proven success, Mr. Rodriguez is an expert in brand positioning and building, consumer marketing, community marketing, and sports and entertainment marketing. At UCHealth, Rodriguez established sponsorships with the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Mammoth. He launched a new brand for UCHealth, positioning the health system as patient-centered and innovative.
As Chief Experience Officer, Mr. Rodriguez focuses on enhancing the service and care that patients and family members experience in every interaction with UCHealth. He works closely with multiple departments at UCHealth and deploys innovative technologies and partnerships to enhance experience throughout the continuum of care.
Before joining UCHealth, Mr. Rodriguez served as senior vice president of marketing for Santander Bank where he oversaw the company’s brand, advertising, and sponsorship teams. He built and launched a new brand for Santander in the United States. Mr. Rodriguez has also served as vice president of sponsorships, events and charitable giving for NRG Energy where he helped build one of the largest sponsorship portfolios in the energy industry. He has also served as vice president of marketing for Reliant Energy where he managed brand strategy, as well as external and internal marketing efforts.
Mr. Rodriguez has an extensive background in healthcare marketing with more than 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held marketing positions with Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squib, and Forest Laboratories.
Actively involved in the Denver community, Mr. Rodriguez is a member of the board of trustees with Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Boy Scouts of America-Denver Council, President of the CMO Club Denver Chapter, Denver Sports Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of the 2026 World Cup Host City Bid Committee and he serves on the Board of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. A leukemia survivor, Mr. Rodriguez does public/motivational speaking to raise awareness – and funds – for leukemia research and causes.
Mr. Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in international business from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Having been involved in Rapids Youth Soccer for the last five years as a parent and coach, I am excited to increase my commitment to the program. Born and raised in southern California, I played a variety of sports, but soccer was always my first love. Eventually, my soccer skill couldn’t keep up with my passion, so I hung up my cleats and rowed competitively for Loyola Marymount University, where I earned a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance. I moved to Colorado in 2012 for a better quality of life for my family and to start a legal services company. I’ve served on the board of a local school and a program that supported under-served youth by providing access to physical fitness through CrossFit. My passion for Rapids soccer runs deep. With all three kids involved in the program, I’m at a Rapids training or game every day of the week. Rapids soccer has given so much to my family and I’m honored to give back to such an amazing organization.
Sean M. O’Hara is an Architect and a founding partner with EVstudio, a Denver based architecture and engineering firm. He has served multiple terms on the Denver Board of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a board member with the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council. Both Sean and his wife Stephanie have coached Rapids rec teams for their three children and his daughters currently play for Rapids competitive teams.
Stephen Redden is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve and maximize their potential. He has worked in this capacity in a variety of companies and non-profit organizations throughout his career. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BS Computer Engineering 1994, MBA 1995) and Dallas Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies 2007).
In 2009 Stephen moved to Denver, CO with his wife Kate and his sons Ethan (14) and Andrew (11) to be part of founding New Denver Church, a non-denominational Christian church. In 2017 Stephen founded the Church Cooperative of Denver – a cross-denominational network created to foster collaboration and cooperation among Denver-area churches. He now splits his working time between New Denver and the Church Cooperative.
A lifelong soccer fan, Stephen first got involved with youth soccer in Denver in 2009 through Fusion Soccer, which would later become Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer. He volunteered as a coach with CRYS from 2011 to 2017, coaching teams from U5 to U10.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is Colorado’s premier local soccer club. We work hard to ensure that all children that wish to play soccer are given an opportunity to play regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.
Each year, the club provides need-based grants to players that would not be able to play without financial assistance. Annual grants range in amount depending on available resources, and range from 10% of registration fees to 60% of registration fees. Grant amounts are awarded based on demonstrated financial need.
Any player interested in obtaining financial assistance must complete a grant application form
Application fees are $50.00 for recreational players and $100 for competitive players
Families that wish to ensure that all children are able to participate in Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club programming may make tax-deductible contributions to our grant program by contacting Brenda House.
Registration end dates differ by programs. Make sure to visit the specific page you are interested in registering for to get the most up-to-date registration registration time-frames. Often, you may register your player after the deadlines, based on availability, but you will be subject to a late processing fee of $25. Players who register late are placed on teams after the players who register before the deadline.
A child must be three-years-old at the start of Soccer Start.
Soccer has essentially two seasons. The beginning of the soccer year is in the fall with the remainder of the year taking place in the spring. Most recreational registrations are season-by-season, with some recreational and competitive leagues a full-year registration.
Registration can be done easily online by clicking on the Register button in the menu bar.
We accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express). We also accept personal checks, ACH and cash. We pretty much accept it all, but we can’t accept the deed on your house, a car, soccer equipment, or children left at practice as a form of payment.
All our teams are gender specific, except in our Soccer Start program for toddlers and preschoolers.
Use our age calculator to determine which age group your child should register for. Soccer in the United States is determined by the year the child was born. A child born in 2010 is a 2010 player.
Players with January and February birth dates may find themselves in this situation. This is called “playing up.” Please indicate the desire to “play up” with their classmates online under Special Requests. We will do our best to accommodate players in this situation, but please understand we may determine it more appropriate for your player to play in the designated age group.
Definitely! We will do our best to place your child according to your request. However, we cannot guarantee special placement. The best way to ensure your child plays on the team you want is to register early.
Early registration is the best way to get on any specific team, as placements are handled by order of registration. So if you want to guarantee that you return to the same team, please register early in the registration period.
Players who register late are not guaranteed to return to their team. If you register after the deadline, it is VERY possible that you will lose your spot to a new player. Players who take a season off are not guaranteed their spot back.
The uniform is NOT included in the registration fee for any of our programs except Soccer Start.
Required: Players are required to wear shin guards, soccer cleats (except for Soccer Start) or athletic shoes.
Recommended: Players should bring their own water and wear appropriate clothing to practices. Players should have their own soccer balls which should also be brought to each practice (see below).
Soccer Start through U8 need a size 3 ball.
U9 – U12 need a size 4 ball.
U13 – U18 need a size 5 ball.
Our volunteer coaches get to choose the practice days/times/locations, but we try to place players on teams as close to their home as possible. We have fields in central Denver, East Denver, Aurora, and Centennial.
All Soccer Start-U8 teams will practice once a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. All older teams will practice 2-3 times per week for 1 hour.
Check our field status website on the homepage of our website, or call our weather line, 303-399-5858 – ext 5, for field updates. Information is usually available on week days at 2:00 pm and Saturdays by 7:30 am.
Send Us a Message
Fort Collins: 2619 Canton Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80525
North: 1070 W 124th Ave #100, Westminster, CO 80234
Central/South: 111 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010
Castle Rock: 1609 Park St, Castle Rock, CO 80109
We Are Open:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm