Although Danny Sanchez has coached for Colorado State's two biggest rivals -- Colorado and Wyoming -- he has yet to experience a rivalry with the Rams up close.

That figures to change in the near future. Last week, CSU announced that it will add women's soccer as an intercollegiate sport, beginning this fall. Sanchez, who recently completed his first season as CU's head soccer coach, was thrilled to hear the news.

"I'm just excited for the big picture of college soccer," he said. "It's good for the growth of women's soccer, especially in Colorado.

"It's turning Colorado into more of a soccer hotbed. It adds to that portfolio of what Colorado soccer, from youth all the way through Division I (college), has to offer."

Until now, CSU was the only one of the 16 schools in Colorado at the Division I, Division II or Division III level that did not sponsor a women's soccer program. The Rams were also the only schools in the Mountain West Conference without a soccer team.

CSU will join CU, Air Force, Colorado College, Denver and Northern Colorado as Division I programs in the state.

"For down the road, it's good to have another Division I program in the area," Sanchez said.

CU is sure to get some competition for in-state recruits from the Rams, but Sanchez said that's a positive for area players. He also added that the Buffs are quite used to recruiting competition.


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"There's plenty of competition with everyone we have to compete with in the Pac-12," he said. "(Adding CSU) is good for the game, it's good for the state of Colorado and definitely for our area, it's good to have as many quality programs around as we can.

 

"I'm sure Colorado State will build a solid program there."

As for the Buffs and Rams building a rivalry on the soccer field, Sanchez said he figures that will happen naturally over time.

"I'm sure that rivalry will take shape as their program develops," he said.

 

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Sanchez has been busy recruiting for the Buffs. "It's non-stop," he said. "Mostly (class of 2015 players), but we still have some 2014s to sort out. If there's a super star 2013 out there, we'll still take them." ... The current Buffs have been engaged in offseason workouts, Sanchez said.

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