carolina rapids



Coaching Staff for the 2017-2018 Season
Director, Kevin Flanagan
Director, Craig Conger

TeamHead CoachesAssistant Coaches 
12sKevin Flanagan
Patrick Bridges

13sJeff BilykBobby Rosario 
14sPatrick BridgesCraig Conger
15sKevin FlanaganGreg Dalby 
16/17sJeff BilykBrian Edwards 
18/19s Bobby RosarioJason Osborne

2017-2018 Season Timeline

Phase MonthsActivity
PreparationAug Pre-Season (3 weeks) 
Fall Competitive Period
Sep-Nov14 weeks
TransitionDecBreak (Futsal)
Futsal Period (U12-U13)Jan-FebFutsal Period
Spring Competitive PeriodJan-June
(U12/13 Feb-Jun)
25 weeks

Training and Matches

The specific training schedule for the 2017-2018 season is TBA

Age GroupWeekly Training Sessions# of Matches
12s 329
13s3 + 127

US Soccer Development Academy News

GABE ROSARIO United States National Team Call-up with the Under-18’s

Big news for Gabe Rosario, our former Development Academy player, on his United States National Team Call-up with the Under-18’s. Gabe and the squad will be competing in the Under-18’s Mens National Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.

(April 12-15, 2017)


Change to Pathway is Part of a Long-Term Plan for Improved Player Development; Five Academy Clubs Receive Promotion into U-15 Age Group, Joining 73 Current Academies
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US Soccer adds U12 age group in fall 2016

Exciting News! US Soccer is adding a U12 age group for the Boys USDA program in fall of 2016! In addition, the 13/14 age group is being split into

two different stand alone age group teams. We've been aware that these changes were coming and have been preparing for this for some time. We are confident in our current developmental paths and curriculum already in place at the club and are looking forward to this transition. Great opportunities ahead for our younger boys!

More communication to the impacted age groups will be coming soon from the Boys Director of Coaching and Player Development, Kevin Flanagan.


Wesley Atoyebi (USDA U12) selected by us youth futsal to represent our country with the national team!

RYAN FINE NAMED IN 2015 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region


join us in welcoming wes knight and kyle gookins to our academy staff!
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Matthew  jegier named CAA rookie of the week!  Read more

Phillip goodrum had a busy summer! Read More
rapids alum, matt pacifici training with the colorado rapids in may

Congratulations to Carolina Rapids Alumni and current Davidson Wildcat Goalkeeper, Matt Pacifici.  Matt will train with your very own Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids for a week this month.  What a fantastic achievement to Matt and very deserved.

An excellent Goalkeeper in our US Development Academy program, Matt has continued to excel and develop his game to the next level.

His bio lists - 2014-2015 Academic All-American, 2014-2015 All Region Team, 2014-2015 All Conference A10 (second team), 2014-2015 All Region Academic Team, Broke Davidson Record for Goals Against Average, Top in the Conference in Goals Against Average and Save Percentage, Fewest Losses in the Country (beat #2 Virginia, Duke), ESPN All-American and Academic All-American in high-school, Academy Select Player, Region III ODP Team and Broke National Record for Consecutive Shutouts (16)

Learn More About the Development Academy


In August of 2007 North Meck SC (now, Carolina Rapids) was accepted as a charter member of US Soccer’s Development Academy, a nationwide youth development initiative, organized by the U.S. Soccer Federation, created to enhance the development of the country’s top players through high technical standards and a focus on meaningful competition.  In 2013, North Meck SC aligned with the Colorado Rapids of the Major Soccer League to enhance player development as well as provide a path to professional soccer. At this time, the club re-branded to become the Carolina Rapids.
Formed in accordance with Major League Soccer’s 2007 Homegrown Player Initiative, our goal is to create a program for each player that will allow him to reach his full potential, whatever that may be. For the majority of our players college soccer will be the pinnacle of their careers, but a select few will have the ability to play beyond that level.
The Carolina Rapids Academy train four days per week with a match on the weekend.  Video analysis of games and training as well as core strength training and futsal are part of our program. 
The U.S Soccer Development Academy features 80 of the top youth teams in the country competing in a league system at the U-18, U-16 levels, and U-14 age groups. The teams are divided into 9 geographically based conferences with each team playing at least 26 games. 
Further questions about the Development Academy can be answered by the U.S. Soccer FAQ
Interested in learning more about the Carolina Rapids US Academy program?  Contact Craig Conger at

Boys Development Academy ID Sessions/Tryouts

Remaining Dates:
May 162007-20067:15-8:30Bailey Road Park
May 182007-20067:15-8:30Bailey Road Park

Please complete 2017 Rapids Development Academy Interest Form

About the Carolina Rapids ID Sessions: 

Carolina Rapids ID Sessions are free, single-day player identification opportunities for male players with high potential to train and play under the direction of Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy (DA) coaching staff. These sessions are a designed to identify players with the talent to compete at the highest level of play for a youth soccer player.


Acceptance into the program will be communicated no later than May 12th, 2017.

Boys Development Academy Background

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 for male players in the U-15 to U-18 age groups. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, which has continued to improve development by setting standards and improving the everyday environment for players and clubs. To date, the Academy has been the leader in developing players in the U.S. with the thousands of alumni moving on to play college soccer, 116 Academy graduates currently rostered in the MLS and 14 Academy players earning U.S. MNT caps.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

To register, please complete the 2017 Rapids Development Academy Interest Form

New Program! Pre-DA

During the regular team selection process, we’ll be identifying top true 10U and 11U players who will be offered spots on the Pre-Development Academy squads.  These squads will play up an age group (10U squad will play games in the 11U age group; 11U squad will play games in the 12U age group).  Our purpose is to provide an age appropriate environment that will best prepare our players for the highest level of play for a youth soccer player in the United States and competing in US Soccer’s Development Academy (DA) Program.

Players are instructed to sign up for and attend their birth year tryout. (LINK)  Players will then be selected based on the appropriate level of play for their current skills and abilities. 

Questions can be directed to Academy Director, Kevin Flanagan at

What is a DA Pathway? The United States Development Academy (DA) is the highest level of play for a youth soccer player in the United States.  Our pathway, beginning at 10U, seeks to prepare players and provide an age appropriate environment to best ready them to successfully compete in the DA program.

What if I don’t make it? The selection process is very tough and we have a lot of good players that wish to play in our Development Academy.  This is the highest level of play (in the country) and we have a limited number of spots available. Just because your son is not offered a full-time spot in the program at this time, does not mean he cannot get there as he continues to develop as a soccer player.  We continue to track and monitor our players within the club and when players are ready for the DA we bring them in.