Professional Soccer Clubs in Colorado

There are two professional soccer teams in Colorado, the Colorado Rapids franchise who play in Major League Soccer, and recently-formed Colorado Switchbacks FC, who play in the United Soccer League.

There is some debate about whether professional soccer teams in MLS and USL are actually “clubs” in the traditional sense of the word, and not merely franchises. Traditionally, soccer clubs throughout the world have been built-up from the grassroots and succeed or fail based on competition results. Typically, anyone can start a club, and rise up the soccer pyramid based on merit. In USA professional soccer, however, franchises are bought from leagues, are protected from ever being promoted or relegated based on winning or losing, and no movement to other leagues is possible.

Regardless of terminology, the Colorado Rapids and Colorado Switchbacks FC are the two professional soccer teams in Colorado.