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About the Boys' DA Program

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. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The Academy has 96 total clubs, comprised of teams in several age groups: U12, U13, U14, U-15/16, and U-17/18.

The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.

At the Club Level


The Development Academy Program is a full-time, 10-month program. The season begins in September and concludes with Championships in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of inactivity due to weather and the end of the season.

Game Structure

Each Academy team plays between 25 and 30 league games per season, including 6-9 games played at Showcases. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to three (3) additional games.

Academy clubs can expect 15-20 away matches in a given season, some of which will require overnight travel. Exact travel distances will vary between clubs depending on their geographic proximity to their conference opponents and Academy events.

Each team's calendar will vary depending on their conference and climate. The Development Academy will provide the framework for the league structure of the program (assigning match-ups on given weekends); however, it is the club's responsibility to secure and communicate game times and field locations with Academy staff.

Outside Activity/Competition

Academy players and teams cannot play in any outside competitions without written permission from the Development Academy staff. This includes any other leagues, high school season, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events. There are two potential exceptions to this rule, provided they are approved by Development Academy staff:

  1. Domestic and international tournaments: Domestic & international tournaments may be permitted if they meet Academy's technical standards of one game per day and elite competition. Examples of permitted events include the Dallas Cup, Surf Cup, Disney Showcase, and other International events
  2. Possibility for friendly games: Academy clubs can schedule friendly games to provide players with a heightened development experience. The games must not be part of an organized competition (i.e. tournament, league or camp) as defined in the non-participation regulations, and all competitions must adhere to all Academy standards and guidelines.

Colorado Rush has been a member of the Development Academy since the inception in 2007.

2018/19 Tryout Information

5/22/18 - Boys Jr DA Tryouts (07, 06, 05) - Denver Christian School 5-8 PM 
5/23/18 - Boys Jr DA Tryouts (07, 06, 05) - Denver Christian School 5-8 PM 
5/24/18 - Boys Jr DA Tryouts (07, 06, 05) - Denver Christian School 5-8 PM 

Player Identification

We strongly encourage players to contact the Colorado Rush staff if they wish to be identified for the Development Academy prior to DA Player tryouts.  Players can request a trial at any age group throughout the spring.  If you would like to request a trial, please contact Nick Blanco ( to make arrangements.

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Boys Junior DA Tryout Results

Boys U12 DA - 06
Boys U13 DA - 05
Boys U14 DA - 04
Adrian Cortinas
Ben Hertel
Blake Colehour
Clayton Gustafson
Dane Bilgrave
Eric Plata 
Gustavo Diaz
Ian Simpson
Jack McAdams
Jacob Sandy
Jesus Ledezma 
John Lucio 
Justin Byrnes
Keegan Gerrasch
Max Wetzel
Nathan Blanchard
Owen Berg 
Slade Pike
Tony Iljkic
Victor Galarza 
Yadir Morales
Alden Reeves
Alex Chaffee
Alex Sedita
Caleb Cassell
Chase Heck
Eduardo "Lalo" Castillo
Gael Martinez
Gavin Petruzzi
Kyle Hearne
Luc Chevalier
Matei Call
Reiley Castillo
Rory Maddux
Ryker Blue
Shane Baker
Alex Durbin
Andrew Lorenzo 
Arath Garcia 
Benjamin Krajewski
Broderick Taylor
Bryce Sohayda
Cameron Sickels
Chase Ripley
Edson Jimenez
Isaac Nehme
Jack Webber
Layne Weeks
Mino Elze
Mirek Soucek
Ryder Kilburg
Zane Walsh

Colorado Rush DA Alumni

Player Name    Season With Club       Post Rush Career
Sam Hamilton    2010-2013      Colorado Rapids (MLS) 
Kenny Tribbett    2009-2012      Philadephia Union (MLS)
Famara Bojang    2010-2011      Minnesota Thunder (USL)
Seedy Bah    2010-2011      Charleston Battery (USL)
Erich Marscheider    2008-2011      Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Kenny Tribbet in action


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Littleton, Colorado 80127

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