My new Web site launched last night:

Click here and bookmark the page, por favor. I touch on all aspects of soccer in Colorado, tidbits from all levels of the pyramid.

The top three teams I cover regularly all play 4-2-3-1. This includes the Colorado Rapids, Switchbacks FC, and the Charlotte Independence.

But I agree with Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers, particularly his philosophy about formations and positions. At the post-game press conference following the 0-0 home opener against NYCFC, Powers quoted Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller. He said he sees himself as “an interpreter of space.”

Regardless of the number scheme you apply in theory, a soccer player’s positioning comes down to responsibility, location, and the flow of the game itself. Centerbacks sometimes stand in the center circle and chuckle while watching their teammates victimize the opposition. In other games, the center backs drip sweat and blood on their own penalty spot. The formation on paper doesn’t matter so much at that point.


Before March 25, 2015…

I caught the initial trickle in 1995 along with 180 other guys at a Major League Soccer talent search in Colorado. No one in the group advanced toward the payroll for that inaugural season. After I handed in my bib, I wrote a 1,000-word description of the weekend and have been writing about MLS and the Colorado Rapids ever since.

I migrated my coverage to my Web site:

Click here and bookmark the page, por favor. I touch on all aspects of soccer in Colorado, tidbits from all levels of the pyramid.

Now I’m getting some help. At the close of the 2014 MLS season, Brian Jennings adds the perspective of an MLS veteran reporter. Jennings didn’t grow up as a soccer fan in the “American” football-rich midwest. But now he is solidly entrenched in the game as a fan, player, and media member in the Rocky Mountains. His involvement in MLS started in 1998 as a member of the Kansas City Wizards front office. After a brief stint there, he was hooked and has stayed involved in the league ever since, enjoying the Wizards 2000 MLS Cup year as a season-ticket holder before moving to Colorado. Jennings joins the Current of Colorado as an active member of the media covering MLS, USMNT, USWNT, and International Friendly matches the last 15 seasons for what has now become, as well as contributing appearances with, and news agencies from other MLS markets. Jennings will be a regular attendee at Rapids training sessions, home games, and the occasional road match with reactions of players and coaches from both locker rooms in their own words. You may follow Jennings on Twitter: @MLSfrom5280.

John Babiak and his son Marko capture photos at Rapids games and training sessions, and I’m grateful for the chance to use their images on this site as well.