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Spotlight on Kelly Flanders...
Appalachian State University

When you’re 10, 11, 12 years old you have no idea how empowering a sport or a game can be. At that age soccer was merely a fun way to pass time, but little did I know it would become my greatest passion, create the dearest friendships, foster some of my most treasured memories, lead me down paths I never knew existed, and teach me life lessons that would be valuable for years to come on and off the field. Playing my entire club soccer career for the Carolina Rapids, formerly North Meck, I was influenced positively by so many great coaches, teammates, and families of the club who each had a hand in shaping me into a better soccer player and a better person. I learned to persevere when I started on the bottom team and eventually worked my way up to the highest team in my age group. I learned to be versatile and flexible when I changed positions on the field or got a new coach. I learned to compete regardless of expectations. I learned to lead and be an ambassador for current and future players. Most importantly, I learned to be grateful for the opportunity to play soccer and to love the sport that is such a vital piece of who I am. Because of the values that the Carolina Rapids hold, I am so fortunate to carry these traits not just on the soccer field, but also throughout my daily life.  

Bayley Cashion University of North Florida
Brayden Smith UNCW
Carolyn Huddy UNCW

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Did You Know?  We have 16 coaches on our staff that are current or past college coaches!


We are proud of our former players that are competing at the collegiate level. They're up to great things and finding success on the field.  Read about what they're doing and check out where they're playing!

Join us in congratulating these current Rapids players who have committed to play in college after their high school graduation!

Jonathan Nyandjo - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Ryan Baer - West Virginia (2020)
Tori Paul - Maryland (2020)
Faith Adams - Wake Forest (2020)
Emma Wakeman - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Lea Wissell - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Lily Suyao - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Malcolm Walters - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Hailey Matthews - Miami University, Ohio (2020)
Sean Suber - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Max Wright - American University (2019)
Syd Smith - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Katie Phillips - ETSU (2019)
Kellan Culver - Gardner Webb (2019)
Aminah Johnson - Coastal Carolina (2019)
Kasey Hahn - Catawba (2020)
Helen Summerell - Catawba (2019)
Anamaria Evans - Queens (2019)
Matthew Skinner - UNC Greensboro (2019)
Kyle Bardusch - Winthrop (2019)
Annika Ford - The Citadel (2019)
Naomi Fountain - UNC Pembroke (2019)
Sam Grembecki - Birmingham Southern (2019)
Lily Holloway - Sarah Lawrence (2019)
Aminah Johnson - Coastal Carolina (2019)
Katie Moore - Mississippi State University (2019)
Jada Palmer - Queens University (2019)
Zion Sellers - UNC Pembroke (2019)
Dean DePinto - Montclair State University (2019)
Owen Peeler - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Tyler Young - Cambell Unviersity (2019)
Davis Biggerstaff - High Point University (2019)
Roberto Umana - USC Upstate (2019)
Jake Kwiatkowski - Wofford (2019)
Nico Piro - Belmont Abbey (2019)
Ryan Cowie - Belmont Abbey (2019)
Issac Haddock - Greensboro College (2019)
Nico Soriano - Pfeiffer University (2019)
Corey Lavinder - Belmont University (2019)


Increased Exposure through the Colorado Rapids adidas Alliance

Players who are interested in playing college in or around the Colorado, Las Vegas, Alburquerque, Rapid City areas have an opportunity to gain access and exposure to college recruiting.  Our adidas Alliance Partners with Colorado Rapids, Black Hills Rapids, Downtown Las Vegas and Rio Rapids Soccer Club can help provide true national exposure in different regions of the country with guest training and playing so you can truly showcase your skills.  We currently connect all our players eligible for college with a shared college tracking document than can assist in networking for players all within the Adidas Alliance.  For Rapids Members only.  

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