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14 June 11:20 am

Dominic is a goalie for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  Though he enjoys playing goalie, his favorite part about soccer is scoring goals.  This is his first year playing soccer, but Dominic has been involved in several other sports with Special Olympics Colorado and also with his high school.  He has played basketball, track and field, tennis and bowling through Special Olympics Colorado and has also been on the John F. Kennedy High School track team and lettered as a cross country runner for his high school.

Dominic began playing sports with Special Olympics Colorado around age 5 and has enjoyed the different qualities of each sport.  This shows in his wide range of sports and athletic abilities.  Recently Dominic met his favorite Rapids player, Tony Cascio at the “Shop with a Jock” event at Dick’s Sporting Goods.  He said that “Tony is a cool player and is really nice to all the kids on my team”.  He is excited to get the chance to play in Seattle and to watch Tony as the Rapids take on the Seattle Sounders.  Dominic hasn’t heard much about Seattle other than the rainy weather, but that doesn’t matter much to Dominic.  He says, “I am just really excited to play soccer and I hope we can kick butt”.

14 June 11:15 am

Unified Sports Partner

Kristen is a 21 year old player for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She plays many positions, but when asked, she said forward was her favorite.  Kristen started playing soccer when she was young.  She began playing in a community soccer league and finished her 7 year soccer career playing for her high school team as a freshman.  After her freshman year of high school she decided to pick up a tennis racket.  Kristen played tennis throughout high school and has now decided to come back to soccer with Special Olympics Colorado.

Kristen heard about the Special Olympics Colorado soccer program through her work with Adaptive Recreation under the Parks and Recreation system here in Denver.  Her colleagues recommended that she be a partner for the Special Olympics Colorado Soccer Team and so far she has really enjoyed it. 

Kristen is excited to go to Seattle to play soccer and also to see the city.  She has heard that Seattle is a very pretty city and she hopes to get the chance to see all it has to offer.

14 June 11:10 am

Unified Sports Partner

Ryan is a 20 year old player for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  Ryan has been playing soccer with Special Olympics Colorado for one year and usually plays either forward or mid fielder.  Ryan had already been connected to soccer before joining Special Olympics Colorado.  His sister Melissa had played in the Junior Olympics; Ryan enjoyed watching her play and now he has the chance to help others and play some soccer as well.  Ryan’s passion however has been basketball.  He has played basketball for several years.  He played for George Washington High School and also played basketball at Colorado State University. 

Ryan got involved with Special Olympics Colorado when Denver Parks and Rec contacted him his sophomore year of high school with an opportunity to help with Special Olympics Basketball.  He loved the atmosphere and the people working with Special Olympics Colorado and has been helping out ever since.

Ryan’s favorite Rapids player is Tony Cascio.  He is excited to get to meet him in Seattle.  He hears that Seattle is “very green and very wet, but is very beautiful too”.  Ryan is most looking forward to making a difference.  He recognizes that this is a great experience for all of the athletes not just on the field, but off the field as well.

14 June 11:05 am

Andie is a 21 year old player for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  Andie has been playing soccer off and on since she was 10 years old.  She enjoys playing every position and has been playing soccer with Special Olympics Colorado for 2 years.  Her favorite sports are swimming and skiing though she also enjoys playing volleyball and soccer. 

Andie began playing basketball with Special Olympics Colorado when she was 11 and then added swimming, skiing, volleyball and soccer into her schedule.  At Denver South High School she competed on the varsity swimming team for all 4 years and is now continuing to stay in sports with Special Olympics Colorado. 

Andie’s favorite player on the Colorado Rapids soccer team is Conor Casey.  Andie’s brother played soccer with Conor when he was younger and now Andie is excited for her opportunity to play soccer with Conor.  She is excited to experience the city of Seattle and hopes to see her cousin who lives in the area.  

14 June 11:00 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympics Colorado All-Star Team

Aspen is a 30 year old coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She is from Farmington, New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University.  Aspen enjoys playing soccer, bicycling, watching sports and traveling.

Aspen says that she is proud to be a part of this team and is “humbled by the opportunities and generosity being shown to us.  The athletes work very hard not only to be good soccer players, but to be good people and demonstrate sportsmanship, positive attitudes and teamwork at all times.  As a coach, it challenges me to be a model for them in these areas, and I always learn more from them than they do from me”.    

14 June 11:00 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympcs Colorado All-Star Team

Ilima is a 36 year old coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended Colorado State and the University of Colorado, Denver.  Ilima enjoys cooking and knitting as well as playing soccer.

Ilima says that this team is extremely important to her and that she has learned a lot from the athletes.  She says “the longer I coach in Special Olympics the more I learn about what it takes to make a strong team that truly plays together to overcome any barriers they might face and come out ahead. We don’t always win, but we leave the field after every game knowing we each tried our best, supported our teammates, and had fun”.  She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to travel to Seattle and hopes her team has a positive and enjoyable experience.

14 June 10:59 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympics Colorado All-Star Team

Phil is a 38 year old assistant coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  He is from Liverpool, England and attended the University of Sheffield.  His favorite sports are cricket and soccer. 

Phil comments that “working with this team is a humbling experience.  No matter how difficult a challenge you face, this team proves constantly that any obstacle can be overcome with a little determination and a great attitude”. 

14 June 10:59 am

Coach and Chaperone - Special Olympics Colorado All-Star Team

Sarah is a 33 year old coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team.  She is from Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She enjoys photography and skiing.

For Sarah, being a coach brings her joy, respect, and admiration.  She says, “the players are a strong and positive influence on my life and they bring out the best in me”.

13 June 7:41 pm

It's been a while since the last League match, that being the 3-2 home win over Montreal back on May 26. But the break is over, and the team began the week preparing for Saturday's match at Vancouver (5 pm MT, Altitude).

Tuesday's training ended with a crossing / finishing drill. We captured some of it on video and decided to compile the clips into a raw two-minute clip below.

Give yourself a couple of minutes and stand on the edge of the training field. Watch how guys like Omar, Conor, Jamie, and Brian look after their injuries. Listen to reactions, encouragement, and feedback from the players and coaches. Get a feel for how the players approach a drill, with attention and sharpness, and enjoyment. And check out some pretty sharp crosses, neat diving headers, one-time finishes, and quick reaction saves.

07 June 9:28 am

The 2012 European Championship starts on Friday and long-time MLS partner ESPN will broadcast all the matches through their various outlets. We've set up a EURO Predictor Challenge Bracket through ESPN.com so that fans, staff, and players can go head-to-head in a just-for-fun contest.

Drew Moor, Andre Akpan, Tony Cascio, and Chris Sharpe have signed up, as has some members of the staff.

All are invited to join our group. Here's how:

Click on this link: http://games.espn.go.com/euro-bracket-predictor/en/group?groupID=3845

Set up an account if you don't have one.

Join our team / private group: Rapids EURO Challenge

Password: EdsonTheEagle

Pick which teams will finish first and second from each of the four groups, the winners of the Quarterfinals, the Semifinal winners, and who will win the Final.

You have until the Friday's first game between Poland and Greece to submit your picks!

(Note that all rules for participation are governed by ESPN.com).