Posted on 16 April 2013.
Juan Miyares, president of North Meck Soccer Club, addresses players and parents at Richard Barry Park Tuesday. Behind him is a banner with the logo of the newly renamed Carolina Rapids. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
The logo of the newly renamed club, which will become part of an organization training local athletes for future soccer careers.
By DAVID BORAKS
What will it take to elevate the game of soccer in the U.S.? Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and the youth sports nonprofit North Meck Soccer Club think the answer lies in a youth-to-adult training network. On Tuesday, they announced an alliance that will bring that model to the Charlotte area, and transform North Meck into the Carolina Rapids Soccer Club.
The Rapids were a founding member of MLS and its executives have been working to build a development academy on the model of European soccer clubs. The team won the MLS Cup in 2010, and has been building a youth and young adult soccer training ladder in recent years. Continue Reading