Rapids Republic was founded in 2018 with the goal of providing detailed and comprehensive coverage on all things Rapids: from the academy to the senior team.
Colorado Native Juan Fernandez has been a lifelong fan of the beautiful game. From childhood memories of playing to current day capo duties, soccer is spread out all throughout Juan’s life. From playing recreationally, to coaching, to writing, to reading, to watching, and to supporting soccer, the sport is heavily ingrained in Juan’s personal life. When he’s away from the pitch, Juan can be seen studying and perfecting his craft as a musician under the stage name “Juanners”.
Joseph Samelson is a soccer fanatic, enthusiast, and writer living in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado and founding Rapids Republic, he played at various levels of youth and collegiate recreational soccer as a right midfielder in the Deep South. When he’s not authoring the freshest takes about soccer in the Centennial State, Joseph spends his time as a legal assistant in downtown Denver.