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The Force makes Rapids move

March 7, 2012 | 8:42 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Force is the Force of course, of course, unless of course the Force is no more.

The Colorado Force became the Colorado Rapids Women on Tuesday, wiping out the name of a past W-League champion, but also paving the way for a new experience in women’s soccer in Colorado.

Based out of Fort Collins and playing in Loveland for the past several years, the Colorado Force had provided inexpensive, family-centered entertainment. But, on Tuesday, the Force metamorphosed into a new W-League entity by connecting with the Colorado Rapids.

While management will remain in Fort Collins, where it has been since the team’s founding in 1996, the club will move from out-of-the-way sports fields to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City for games. The team will be keeping the vestiges of its heritage in Northern Colorado intact.

The club’s ownership also remains unchanged. The Colorado Rapids Women will train and play matches at DSG, though players and coaches will continue to conduct camps and clinics in Northern Colorado. Exhibition matches are also planned for Northern Colorado sites, according to the Rapids.

Established in 1995, the W-League is the longest-running women’s soccer league in North America. Since its inception it has offered opportunity to women’s soccer players, with numerous alumna playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, the Canadian Women’s National Team and many other countries. The Colorado Rapids Women will kick off their 2012 W-League season on May 26, hosting Victoria Highlanders FC.

The Rapids kick off the MLS season on Saturday at home against the Columbus Crew.

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