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Rapids to host college cup competition

June 18, 2010 | 9:55 pm 2
By Shaun Schafer

The Colorado Rapids, in conjunction with the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, announced details Thursday on the Inaugural Rocky Mountain College Cup, which is an effort by the Rapids to organize an event to determine soccer bragging rights between the state’s two biggest universities.

The cup will feature both the school’s men’s and women’s club soccer programs squaring off against one another in one doubleheader event. 

The Inaugural Rocky Mountain College Cup will take place on Sept. 11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with the women’s game starting at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s match at 7:30 p.m.

The total aggregate goals scored by the both the women’s and men’s teams from each school will go toward crowning the champion for 2010.  Additional details will likely be up on www.coloradorapids.com.

I won’t take it any further because it only leaves me questioning the wisdom of this move. While I applaud it as a fundraiser for the clubs, I’m left cold by the teams NOT included in this foray. Colorado is home to national champion college soccer programs, and the Rapids have decided to promote a college cup of club soccer teams.

This is not the best that can be done.

If you want to have a game to determine bragging rights, go snare some of the talented teams in this state. The Fort Lewis men’s team and Metro State’s women each have a pair of national titles in the past six years. Shouldn’t they be on the field?

Yes, I get it. CSU and CU have the name recognition. But is that all?

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  • Jay Five said:

    I see this as an effort by the RFO to introduce possible college aged fans to the Rapids organization. Let’s hope they are successful in their efforts. Maybe chartered buses from the college campuses would attract those same college aged fans.

  • Shaun Schafer said:

    I like the bus idea. I just wish it was an attempt to shine a light on some of the better teams in Colorado, rather than team from the universities with the most name recognition.

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