The Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) have reported into preseason camp and have begun preparations for the 2016 campaign. Amongst the players in camp right now are players contractually signed for next season, several draft selections hoping to win a professional contract, as well as free-agents and preseason invitees vying for a roster slot.
For the Rapids, preseason preparations will take place in Colorado, as well as California and Arizona where the team will enjoy warmer weather conditions and games against MLS and United Soccer League (USL) opponents.
Among some of the news ahead of the preseason are the rumors of the Rapids pursuing U.S. National Team Goalkeeper Tim Howard and the return of fan favorite John Spencer as an assistant coach with the club.
Rev. Brad Kenney, the Rapids Lead Chaplain, enters his 18th season with the Rapids – his 15th year as chaplain.
Preseason is always an exciting time – there is much hope and anticipation that builds up amongst the coaches, the players, the fans – everyone starts equal and has a clean slate. With the offseason and changes that are made and challenges that lie ahead many look forward to starting the challenge of a new season.
Rev. Kenney and his team, including LPC Cody Baker, have a bit of their own preseason challenge.
Just as the Rapids are looking for a few more pieces to complete the team for 2016, so is CrossTraining. We are currently looking for a bilingual associate chaplain and also trying to develop a few other resource positions with the organization.
CrossTraining supporters are encouraged to pray for the Colorado Rapids – players, coaches, staff, and their families during the preseason which features many extended travel periods and a lot of time away from family and home.