Colorado Rapids Winger, Jonathan Lewis and his beginnings with RIASA

The journey from a RIASA ID Camp to Colorado Rapids

Jonathan Lewis is a 22-year-old pro soccer player, currently playing in the MLS for the Colorado Rapids.

What many don’t know is that Lewis’ story began at RIASA.

RIASA Director, Mark Ellis first spotted Jonathan Lewis at a RIASA ID Camp held in Orlando, which he attended at the tender age of 15, but it was obvious even then that this young man had a special talent.

Jonathan returned to the same Orlando event the following year, and then the year after to the RIASA Summer Retreat at Woodhouse Grove, now having just turned 17. During this time he had of-course grown in height, strength, and skill, and Mark was excited for Jonathan to join the programme, knowing he was going to go on to achieve great things.

However, as is often the case in Football, opportunities sometimes present themselves at inopportune times and for Jonathan whilst training at RIASA’s academy during the Summer of 2015, after having trials organised by Mark at York City, Middlesbrough and Fulham, he was then taken to Bradford City FC, and they offered him a 2 year contract in July of that year.

RIASA’s loss was Bradford’s gain and there the story really began.

Jonathan continued to go from strength to strength, and on returning home to the US, was drafted by MLS league, New York City in 2017, and is currently to be found playing at Colorado Rapids.

He is also part of the revered US National team, and Mark is absolutely sure, providing that the US qualify, that he will be part of the squad for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

That’s quite an incredible journey, beginning with a RIASA ID Camp.

Could you be next?

Come and train with our UEFA ‘A’ – licensed, ex-pro Head Academy Coach, Rob Jones on January 4, 2020, in Las Vegas, NV and discover your potential with RIASA.

Location: Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, Las Vegas, NV, 

Date: Saturday 4th January 2019

Time: 10:00-17:00

Price: $89 + $5.65 fees

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