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About Rapids Central

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Rapids Youth Soccer is Colorado’s premier youth soccer experience and the only club in Colorado to offer opportunities from three-years-old to professional, from beginner to Major League Soccer.

CRYSC offers youth soccer programs to over thousands of children every season in and around Front Range. With satellite leagues across Colorado, we are confident we can provide your child a fun place to play.

Areas Rapids Central Serves:

Denver | Aurora | Commerce City | Glendale | Green Valley | Lakewood | Northfield | Stapleton

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we’re excited to reveal that the rapids central region will be the new home for national premier leagues (npl) 12u-19u girls elite programming starting this fall!! The rapids fort collins region will also gain 2 npl boys & 2 npl girls teams in 2024! Read more: cry. Sc/npl-24

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👏🔥👏 rapids central ecnl-rl are off to a great start to the spring season with 7 wins, 1 draw, & 4 losses in their first game weekend!! Let’s keep it rolling & go rapids! #oneclubonecommunity #cryscelite @ecnlboys
👏📈👏 referee on the rise!! Congrats to rapids 06b central select alumnus alex gerson on winning the @coloradosoccerassociation 2023 male young referee of the year! Read more about alex’s journey to the top of colorado officiating 👉 cry. Sc/ag-rotr 👈

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⭐️😎⭐️ shout out to @coloradorapids right-back & @mls veteran @sbeita33 for stopping by our rapids central 15b select iv practice last week to meet the players!! #oneclubonecommunity #youthsoccer

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Joe Nasco

Director of Goalkeeping - Central

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720.336.0309

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Joe Nasco

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Director of Goalkeeping - Central

Joe Nasco is the new Central Region Director of Goalkeeping for the Club. He has vast experience in goalkeeping at all levels, from Club to Pro. Joe brings his experience playing Professionally, his passion for the sport and his ambition to help develop our young athletes. We are very excited he will be joining our Club and look forward to seeing what the future holds. During his 5-year professional playing career, Joe played for our very own Colorado Rapids. In 2014 he set an MLS record! He is the proud owner of the Fasted Red Card in MLS history, with a speedy time of 34 seconds into the match. Joe has expressed that he will NOT be teaching this technique of goalkeeping to our athletes.

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Erin Wall

Rising Rapids & Select Administrator - South & Central

[email protected]
719.347.1552

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Erin Wall

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Rising Rapids & Select Administrator - South & Central

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Daniel Nestor

High School Director of Coaching & ECNL-RL Boys Technical Lead - Central

[email protected]
720-263-4313

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Daniel Nestor

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High School Director of Coaching & ECNL-RL Boys Technical Lead - Central

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Caiman Stevens

11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching - Central

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720-440-2644

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Caiman Stevens

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11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching - Central

A native of Colorado, Caiman pursued coaching immediately when first attending college at the University of Colorado Boulder. He previously worked at the Rapids for 3+ years before moving to California for 2 years where he was Head of Girls Soccer at Napa United, coaching their ECNL RL & MLS Next teams along with U14 CalNorth ODP. Caiman is currently pursuing his USSF B License and was awarded “United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30” for 2022.

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Lexi Rudolph

Director of Camps and Community Outreach - Central

[email protected]
720-288-0686

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Lexi Rudolph

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Director of Camps and Community Outreach - Central

Lexi comes to Colorado from Baltimore, MD. Lexi was the starting goalkeeper at Goucher College (2012-16). In 2018, she became the head coach at Notre Dame of Maryland University and led them to their first playoff appearance in program history. She was the Technical Director of Goalkeeping for the Towson United Soccer Club. She holds a Master's degree in Athletic Program Leadership and Administration, USSF D License, Sports Performance diploma, and GK 3 diploma from United Soccer Coaches. She will earn her USSF C license in December 2023.

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Etzael Gonzalez

11U-14U Boys Director of Coaching - Central

[email protected]
720-449-6527

Etzael Gonzalez

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11U-14U Boys Director of Coaching - Central

Etzael Gonzalez a Dallas, Texas native joins the Rapids after serving as part of the coaching staff at NCAA Division 1 Men’s soccer program at the University of South Florida. Gonzalez joined the Bulls after three seasons as the Performance Analyst for the NCAA Division 1 Women’s soccer program, the University of Oklahoma Women's soccer program. Following his playing collegiate career at Hardin-Simmons University, Gonzalez went on to open his coaching career with MLS Club member FC Dallas Youth. At the Academy and youth side, he mentored US youth national team players of the FC Dallas’ Academy, working side-by-side with Academy and North Texas SC coaches. Gonzalez would go on to join OU’s Strength and Conditioning Department in the Summer of 2019, where he reported to the Olympic Sports Director. Shortly thereafter, Gonzalez expanded his role at OU to the soccer pitch, joining the women’s soccer staff. Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2019 and a master's degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration at the University of Oklahoma in 2023, where he was previously funded as an academic graduate assistant for student-athletes in various sports. Gonzalez holds a USSF "C" license and is currently pursuing his “B” license, and CSCS Certification.

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Alana Chubb

Soccer Start - 7U Director - Central

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720-260-4703

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Alana Chubb

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Soccer Start - 7U Director - Central

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Alaina Brothers

Assistant Recreational Coordinator - Central

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719.394.8096

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Alaina  Brothers

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Assistant Recreational Coordinator - Central

Alaina Brothers was born and raised in Boulder, CO. She played many sports as a kid, including baseball, softball, cross-country running, and track and field, but her favorite sport is soccer which she began playing at the age of 9. In 2006 Alaina graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She has seven years of experience in youth ministry settings and nine years of experience as an office administrator. She currently plays for an adult coed rec soccer team and is a member of Centennial 38 (the Rapids supporters group). In her spare time, she enjoys baking and board games with her husband and two girls.

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Luke Batters

11U-19U Recreational Program Director - Central

[email protected]
720.255.1271

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Luke Batters

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11U-19U Recreational Program Director - Central

Luke moved to Colorado in July 2022, a native of Runcorn, England. Luke began his US journey in 2014, where he played college soccer. He then went on to coach at Anoka Ramsey CC, and Concordia, Nebraska while achieving his masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

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Stephanie House

Central Regional Manager & Director of Regional Operations

[email protected]
719.359.4719

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Stephanie  House

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Central Regional Manager & Director of Regional Operations

Stephanie is a Colorado native who grew up playing club soccer for Colorado Fusion and then Westminster Soccer club. After she graduated high school she went off and played for two years in college. Steph originally started working for CRYSC in 2015 as the competitive administrator and a staff coach. After some time away Steph rejoined the club in 2021. She is very excited to be back in the Rapids community.

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Ash Hopkins

Technical Director - Central

[email protected]
719.377.2458

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Ash Hopkins

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Technical Director - Central

Ash has been at the Colorado Rapids Rapids since 2012. During his time at CRYSC Ash has worked with players of all ages supporting players and families along their pathway. Ash’s passion is for creating a positive environment to allow all players and coaches to reach their potential. Ash currently holds USSF A License and his goal is to become an instructor for USSF and the United Soccer Coaches. Prior to the Rapids, Ash was a Director of Coaching Carmel United in Indianapolis. Ash worked with ECNL teams of all ages and served as the 11U-14U Girls Director. Ash attended the University of Indianapolis where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration. Ash lives in the Denver area with his wife Jessica and two children Jack and Abby.

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Joey Carson

Competitive Administrator - Central

[email protected]
719.377.2768

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Joey  Carson

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Competitive Administrator - Central

Joey Carson first fell in love with soccer when he realized he would be too short for basketball. He played collegiately in Ottawa, Kansas before transferring to Kansas State University where he began coaching high school soccer. He met his wife, Katelyn, and son, Stan (mini Australian shepherd) during his time in Manhattan, Kansas. He then followed his wife out to Denver, so she could pursue pharmacy while he began coaching for the Rapids. He hopes to continue helping the club move in a positive direction, both on and off the field.

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Chris Gartside

8U - 10U Select Director - Central

[email protected]
719.357.9268

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Chris Gartside

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8U - 10U Select Director - Central

Chris grew up just outside of Manchester, England, where he spent his formative years immersed in a soccer culture known for its passion and love of the game. That same love of the game is still very much a part of Chris's life after years of playing, from a young boy and throughout college. He has been coaching at the youth level for over 10yrs and currently holds his USSF C License. After relocating to the United States in 2016, Chris spent 3yrs coaching at LA Galaxy Conejo Valley in Southern California before trading the beach for the mountains in 2019 when he moved to Colorado and joined the Rapids. He started coaching in the 9U/10U Select Program before becoming a full-time member of the staff.

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Ingrid Alvarez

Recreational Coordinator - Central

[email protected]
719.362.0524

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Recreational Coordinator - Central

Ingrid is a Texas native who grew up in Colorado. She played for Colorado Fusion and Colorado Storm ECNL before they joined the CRYSC organization. Her soccer career also includes playing for the Colorado ODP team and participating in Mexico's National Olympics, earning 4 gold medals. She continued her soccer career at Western Colorado University where she graduated with a B.A. in Accounting and a B.A. in Business Administration with a Sociology minor. After graduating she joined CRYSC in 2020. Ingrid is overjoyed to bring her soccer career full circle as she now gets to help the new generation of soccer players.

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