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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).

05 June 4:21 pm

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the U.S. Men's National Team made that incredible run all the way to the Quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup.

On June 5, 2002, eight of us from the front office met at one's apartment in the middle of the night and watched our own Pablo Mastroeni start in the USMNT's 3-2 upset of a heavily favored Portugal side. Later games would fill up large establishments all over the country, including a huge showing at our viewing party in the Club Level of INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Prior to the 2010 World Cup, I sat down with Pablo and a few other former Rapids players to talk about their World Cup experiences. Watch below as Pablo talks about how he made the U.S. team and his memories of the 2002 World Cup. (Click here to watch on Youtube).

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PART II: THE 2006 WORLD CUP AND LEADING INTO 2010

31 May 11:56 am

If you've been to a Rapids home game this year, you've likely looked up at the scoreboard and watched some of the videos the Game Entertainment crew produces. We'll be posting some of these on here throughout the summer - after they've aired in the stadium.

Here's the first video: "This or That with Marvell Wynne:" (WATCH ON YOUTUBE)

31 May 10:54 am

Long-time MLS journalist Steve Davis posted on the NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk.com website that he was recently asked to nominate six players from each MLS team that should appear on 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star fan ballot. His deadline was May 29.

ColoradoRapids.com has since learned that MLS Communications was forming a panel consisting of two media members that cover each of the 19 teams, plus 50 or so national media members who don't cover specific teams, to submit 114 names for the upcoming ballot (6 players for each of the 19 teams).

The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Penn.

In the last two seasons, both Jeff Larentowicz and Omar Cummings were selected from the Rapids to play against Manchester United, becoming the 16th and 17th Colorado players chosen for the mid-summer showcase.

So, we ask you: If MLS gave you the opportunity to nominate six Rapids players for the 2012 ballot, which six players would you nominate?

 

29 May 12:31 pm

We finally got our hands on the video of the goal that was talked about often last week within the Rapids office. Youngster Ricardo Perez has played a handful of Reserve League games for the Rapids, but his first priority is helping the Rapids Development Academy's U-16s. Last week, he scored three goals in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Thunder. Watch his second goal below (CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE):