Rapids’ Ford named to homegrown team
Rapids rookie center back Kortne Ford has been selected to play on a squad of “homegrown players” for the MLS team in an exhibition match against Chivas de Guadalajara’s under-20 team next month, the day before the MLS All-Star Game in Chicago.
Ford, a University of Denver product who grew up in Greeley, was signed as a “homegrown player” last January. The league’s homegrown player rule allows teams to sign prospects from their own development academies directly to the senior team roster without exposing them to the MLS draft. Chivas is Mexico’s reigning under-20 champions.
Ford, 21, has started eight matches for the Rapids this season and has scored one goal — the game-winner against Sporting Kansas City on May 27.
“Part of our identity as a club is the commitment to developing homegrown talent through our academy system, and Kortne is a very good example of that,” said Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith. “We’re very proud of him and can’t wait to see him play against top young international talent.”
The MLS Homegrown Game will be played Aug. 1 at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire. The next day a team of MLS all stars will play Real Madrid, the reigning UEFA Champions League champions, at Soldier Field. Rapids’ goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted to the MLS all-star team by fans.