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The Board of Northern Soccer Club announced at their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, February 3 their intention to partner with Rio Rapids Soccer Club of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Santa Fe based club will be known as Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club. Both clubs will continue to offer their existing soccer programs. 

“Northern Soccer Club and Rio Rapids Soccer Club are committed to enhancing the opportunities for the Northern New Mexico youth soccer player through this partnership. The changing landscape of youth soccer in the U.S. gives us the ability to provide more opportunities to the players & coaches through this type of relationship. Players from Santa Fe & Albuquerque have proven how successfully they can work together at the ODP level. This partnership will provide more opportunities for the players to compete with, and against, one another under the guidance of the Rio & Northern coaching staff with a uniform set of goals & a clear developmental philosophy.” said Rio Rapids Soccer Club Director of Coaching Chris Cartlidge.

“This partnership has been some time in the making, we started discussions two years ago, but it was really last summer when we got into more detailed discussions. Both Northern and Rio Rapids have a shared player development philosophy and we see this partnership as an opportunity to expose players from U4 – U19 in Santa Fe to more competitive playing, enhanced coaching and skills development. This partnership also provides our players with the benefits of the Colorado Rapids coaching and playing philosophy, providing families in Northern New Mexico with the best soccer experience for their children,” said Nic Smith, Executive Director of Northern Soccer.

The Northern Soccer Club board believes that Northern New Mexico's youth soccer player deserves the opportunity to compete at the highest level at a State, Regional & National level. The coming together of two of the most successful clubs in the area is a truly exciting opportunity for our entire soccer community.This agreement expands the number of partner clubs with the Colorado Rapids and Rio Rapids to three: Rio Rapids Cobras (El Paso), Rio Rapids Strikers (Las Cruces) and Now Rio Rapids Northern. This offers all players in Northern New Mexico an exciting opportunity for development at ALL levels.

For more details click the PDF below "Your Questions Answered".  Also, see the  Video from the Colorado Rapids, Director of Soccer Development, welcoming Northern Soccer top the Colorado Rapids family.

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