Colorado Rapids sign Brighton native Dillon Serna

5:38 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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He grew up watching the Colorado Rapids.

"Last year I came to like every game, I've been going since they were at INVESCO," Dillon Serna told 9NEWS.

Now Rapids fans will be watching him.

"It's like a dream come true, me being born and raised here, watching the Rapids, coming to all the games," said Serna.

He grew up in Brighton and attended Horizon high school. After 1 season at the University of Akron the Rapids signed him as a homegrown player.

"I just thank God for giving me this opportunity, letting me come back home and doing what I love in front of my friends and family," said Serna.

"It's really exciting, and it's the next step for a player like Dylan," Brian Crookham added. He helped bring Dillon through the Rapids youth Academy.

The homegrown program allows MLS teams to sign players that have come through their system. Meaning Colorado kids, can become Colorado pros.

"The homegrown program is really important to us because we have a long term vision of this stadium being full of people watching players out of this area, it's a strong soccer area," Crookham told 9NEWS.

"It's really good that they're starting to focus on the youth," added Serna, "I'm not the first homegrown player so it's shows our academy has success in developing players and bringing them in to the pros".

Dillon is officially a part of the Colorado Rapids roster but he'll have some work to do if he wants to be 1 of the 18 players that dresses for the season opener on March 2nd.

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