photo courtesy of David Grooms
Kortne Ford, the University of Denver three-year starting centerback signed a homegrown contract with the Colorado Rapids on Friday, Jan. 6.
The Greeley, Colorado native led the Pioneers to their first-ever College Cup this year. He started in all 23 regular season matches, leading the Pios to another unbeaten regular season.
The junior led the backline, finishing third in the nation in goals against average of 0.52 and a shutout percentage of 0.58.
Ford was a two-time First Team All-Summit League pick and was a Top Drawer Soccer Second Team All-American in 2016. During his third year, Ford utilized his skill in the air to register five goals, including the game-winner against No. 3 Clemson in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
Ford was a Rapids Academy product during his 2013-14 season before committing to the University of Denver. Ford’s contract marks the second consecutive season a Pioneer has signed a homegrown contract since Jordan Schweitzer of Everett, Washington signed with the Seattle Sounders last season.
Terms of the contract are not being disclosed at this time.