03 August 4:50 pm

Friday night was movie night for the Colorado Rapids at Civic Center Park - the second year in which the team has participated in the summer event.

In partnership with the Civic Center Conservancy, the Rapids presented the movie 'Despicable Me' - on a 40-foot screen - as part of Denver's Movies in the Park Series  .

But that wasn't all.

The Rapids Academy also hosted a clinic with children from the Big Brothers, Big Sister program.

Defenders Drew Moor, Shane O'Neill, and Brian Mullan all helped out with the clinic, which included 12 matches. The three then signed autographs and hopped on Rapids-branded bcycles at the park, while mascot, Edson the Eagle, played with the kids in the inflatable.

The club also donated 100 tickets to Big Brother, Big Sisters and the street team was handed out tickets, free bcycle ride cards, and Rapids-branded water bottles and scarves.

29 July 10:54 am

After Saturday night’s 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy and a short amount of sleep, Rapids staffers participated on Sunday morning in the Evergreen Sprint Triathlon, entering five relay teams in the event. Team Rapids 1 was able to capture the victory in the relay division, and the roughly 30 Rapids employees, friends and family in burgundy enjoyed the early-morning festivities.

Team Rapids 1, who also won the Relay division in 2012, consisted of President Tim Hinchey swimming, Director of Marketing & Fan Development Wayne Brant biking, and Director of Media Relations David Lindholm running. Their time of 1:19:56 was about two minutes ahead of a strong co-ed relay team in second place.

Team Rapids 3 crossed the line in 1:47:07, Rapids 2 in 1:55:23, and Rapids 5 in 2:09:20. Somehow, the running leg for the co-ed Team Rapids 4 did not get counted by the chip timer, though the team was on pace to finish under 1:30:00. Regardless of the final time, everyone enjoyed the event, and Rapids Street Team also handed out prizes and giveaways to many participants. The overall individual winners all collected Rapids tickets as part of their prizes.

The other Rapids employees participating on Sunday included: Senior Premium Sales Executive Jordan Allerding, Chief Revenue Officer David Burke, Premium Sales and Service Manager Makenzie Crow, Ticket Service and Marketing Coordinator Christa Dellebovi, Fundraising Coordinator for Kroenke Sports Charities Heather Garcia, Marketing Coordinator Chelsea Hedrick, Manager of Ticket Sales Emily Kilcoyne, and Rapids Academy Manager Gordon Smith.

26 July 9:13 am

Pro athletes have a way of making impressions on youngsters that few others do. It's one of the fun parts of watching kids' reactions after a player appearance - even when it involves books and school.

On Tuesday, July 23, defender Chris Klute and forward Danny Mwanga helped host a soccer clinic for children for the Denver Public Library Summer Reading Program at the Montbello Library branch in Aurora, Colo. After each kid read a book, they were able to participate in the clinic where Klute and Mwanga taught the children different soccer skills. As a reward for completing their books and learning some soccer, the guys then handed out prizes and signed autographs at the end of the clinic.

12 July 2:10 pm

Some of the best appearances Colorado Rapids players make in the community are the ones where the kids become the stars, not the pros. A little while back Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca and Edson the Eagle attended a unique event where kids in wheel chairs got an opportunity to play soccer. Local station, 9News, was there to capture and share the story of how the Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation started Power Soccer (video above).

According to 9News' report, "power soccer is played with a bumper on the front of the power wheelchair that is used to move the soccer ball. The soccer ball is slightly larger than a standard ball."

"The sport has done so much in my life and become such a key part of my life, and I've seen how it touched so many other people's lives," J.C. Russo, a member of the Team USA power soccer team, told 9News.

Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation (CASF) provides financial support, coaching and mentoring so athletes with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in organized team sports programs. More info here.

27 June 4:37 pm

Hashtags on social media are a way for people with similar interests to share those interests by engaging in a conversation with each other. The Colorado Rapids hashtag is #Rapids. As a simple Twitter search of the hashtag shows, the conversation around #Rapids is a good mix between kayakers and soccer fans but it is not a place where Rapids fans can go to find a conversation that is solely centered on Colorado Rapids soccer. So we want to change that. And we want your help. We have a list of possible new hashtags and we’d like to hear your opinions. The hashtag with the most votes will be adopted as the club’s official hashtag.

Options are:


Tell us what you like and dislike about each or offer up one of your own. Comment below, tweet at us, or post on Facebook. One lucky commenter will be chosen (at random) to win a pair of tickets to a future Rapids game. Let’s hear it!

P.S. #RapidsThugLife is not eligible to become the club's official hashtag.

24 June 10:00 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Max & Vince

Final game Vs. Saprissa

The game was at 10:00 a.m. at a FIFA field. We arrived and got ready in the locker room. Then we went on to the field and started to warm up. Coach Gary told us the starting 11 and then the game started. We gave Saprissa Rapids key chains and they gave us Saprissa flags, magazines, and wristbands. We were wearing all white, while they were wearing all burgundy.

The first half ended 0-0. We had better chances at goal, but the possession went to Saprissa. The line-up changed a little and the second half started. Saprissa came and scored a goal, then another one. We didn’t give up. Juan was 1v1 with keeper and took a big touch. The keeper got to the ball first and tried to kick it out, but Juan ran as fast as he can and threw his body. The ball hit Juan and went in the goal. We kept playing hard, but the game ended. We lost 2-1.

Even though we lost, we knew we played well. We won three, lost twice, and tied once.

By Cade, Triston and Marko

Game vs. Saprissa

On Sunday morning, we woke up at 7 o’clock. We got to eat breakfast off the buffet and when we had finished we got on our bus to the FIFA Training field. It was huge and pretty. The result of the game was 2-1 Saprissa.

After the game we had a barbeque at one of the Saprissa’s player’s houses. It was really fun. We danced, threw water balloons and ate a lot. It was a lot of fun and really relaxing. After lunch we said our goodbyes to the player including Hayden giving his shin guard bands for a pair of shorts.

After that it was a long ride back to our hotel. When we got there we dropped off all of us were really tired. Gary then treated us to the pool from 6 to 7. After that we headed to dinner. It was some soup with slow roasted pork and rice. Lastly, we packed and took pictures with the waiters it was really sad. It was a great trip.

23 June 9:07 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

Thibbs, Toby, and Jake

We had breakfast at 8:30 for a training session at 10. As we started walking to the field, we see German, a Saprissa coach, walking towards us with a team trailing him. German started talking with Gary and Brian about what he wanted to do. We had no idea this was coming, but German wanted to scrimmage our team. 20 minute halves, and a 40 minute game, even a referee showed up.

We got to kick off, and kept possession for quite a while. We finally lost possession after a couple of minutes because the ball went out. We had way more possession, in the first half. The other team could barely keep the ball for over a minute. Although we had our opportunities, we were not able to finish them. Going into halftime, the score was 0-0.

In the second half, we still had a lot of possession, but had more of an attack going; therefore we lost the ball more. Finally we got on the board after Juan crossed the ball for Jake to just tap in at the far post. Not too long after, Toby played a through ball to Jake around the 18 yard box that Jake scored off. Right after that Jake crossed the ball to Juan who had a beautiful finish right into the corner. The game was totally in our favor, even up to the point where Win tried to dribble and cut someone in his own 6 yard box, but the other player stuck his foot out for the tackle, deflecting the ball into the goal.

The game ended at the score of 3-1. Afterwards, Gary nicknamed Win, Winaldinho for his amazing dribbling skills. The game was another good one for us, another W.

Dani, Hayden, Marco

We woke up 8:30 to eat breakfast, we had omelets and fruit. We then got our gear and went to the fields with the hotel owner’s grandson, Daniel. At practice we scrimmaged another team and won. After we had lasagna and vegetables for lunch. After lunch we said goodbye to Gustavo because they thought that there baby was going to be arriving either today or Sunday.

After we said goodbye, Coach Gary (right, with hotel owner's son, Daniel) took us to the pool where we played handball in the water for around an hour Wins team won 8-0…….. because they had all the tall people. After the pool we rested till 7:00 and ate dinner. At dinner we ate rice, chicken, and beans. For dessert we had vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate sauce, while the coaches had cheesecake. Then we went to bed prepared for our early, intense game tomorrow!!!!!!!!

22 June 8:57 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Hank, Cal, and Connor

We woke up at 8:15 for a 9:00 am breakfast of perfectly cooked brownish yellow French toast with fresh fruit and orange juice. After the breakfast was over and we had to say goodbye to our favorite restaurant men Miguel and Saul, we went back up to our rooms for some peace and quiet to rest up for that night’s game.

We had hung out in the rooms eating whatever food we could manage to scrub up for about 2 hours before we met Brian at the elevator. He told us we were going to a peaceful place to stretch and get ready for the big game tonight. We went to the pool to do this because it was quiet and relaxing. Brian gave us some stretches to do before we came up with our own, and eventually it just turned into a lounging game.

We then headed for lunch with the game in the back of our minds and got settled at the white table clothed wooden table to get the food into our bodies and energize us for the game. The lunch was an extraordinary blend of spaghetti and beef with fresh fruit and iced tea to quench our thirsts. After the food had been consumed by us like a pack of wolves that hadn’t eaten in a week, we got dressed and headed out for the fields.

The field was incredible! It was a perfectly placed turf field with the white marking lines running straight and parallel to each other. But now it was time to focus in and get set for tonight’s key match.

The game started and the half wore on with Uruguay controlling and eventually getting two goals on us before the half was over. It was 2-0 at halftime. Then, the Rapids that I, and everyone else knew showed up. The final score was 4-2 we won!

On the bus ride home the team was overcome with a mix of joy and happiness and we got back to the hotel in a bundle of excitement. But that was all put out the window when the word, “dinner,” was mentioned. Everyone was SUPER hungry when we got back and probably set a world record for “most food eaten in 10 minutes by a soccer team” in the process. We had sandwiches and french fries with fruit, iced tea, and bread. It was really good and we had a blast talking to each other, but we were all really tired and as soon as we got the chance we high tailed in out of the restaurant and into our beds to call it a day, and get some sleep.

By Juan, Win, and Paul

We took a long bus ride to the field which took about 30 Minutes.  We started out with a warm up we did monkey in the middle and another game. Then, Gustavo did our workout part of our warm up; we did sprints, high knees, and other things to stretch out our muscles. Next, Gustavo did a shooting drill which had a pass to him and he laid it off for a finish to goal.

Then the game began, in the first half we got scored on twice. One of the goals was a header and the other one was just a regular finish. We were down 2-0 at half time.

Then in the second half we stepped up our game and we played a lot better. Danny scored half way through the half to make the game 2-1. That’s when it all began.

It was back and forth for a while and then finally we got possession for a while and the other team got frustrated, then with 3 minutes left and Tristan scored a header off of Juan’s cross. And we were tied 2-2. The whole bench went crazy. Then Marco Rios hit the post and ever body was disappointed.

Then Marco Rios curved it into the far post and then the score was 3-2 rapids! Finally right after that goal Marco blasted a shot and it hit off of one of their players and it went into the goal. As soon as the goal happened the game ended and every one went insane.   

21 June 9:33 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Max and Vincent

On Thursday morning we woke up really early in the morning. At 7 we had breakfast of fruit and pancakes. It was really good.

After, we got on our bus to head to the school for our community service. When we first arrived we were all very excited and ready to help the local school. At first we walked up a long staircase where many of the kindergartners lined up to welcome us. Then when we reached the top, there was a stage. Many of the kids sang Costa Rica ́s National anthem. Then they began dancing and the invited all of the staff and team to dance with them. First was Win then everybody joined in and Thibbs got to dance with a really hot muchahcha and they fell in loooooove. HAHA <3 <3 <3

Also many of the girls fell to Hayden ́s knees because of his good looks .HAHA <3 <3 <3

Then after the interaction with the many children we headed up to the back of the school where we could do some work. What we did was we scrubbed a wall with tons of moss on it. They were so grateful that we did that small deed because they could pay someone to clean of they could feed a child their only meal of the day. For all of us it was a real eye opener to see how privileged we are.

After the school we took a 30 min. ride to the Saprissa stadium. When we arrived the burgundy color was everywhere. First we got to walk down the team hallway under the stadium and here's a cool fact. When the other team was in their locker room the Saprissa fans would jump up and down making the stadium shake like an earthquake. This would make the other team almost pee their pants.

When we came out of the tunnel the stadium was huge and the field was just rocks. It was because they were re-turfing the field for the u17 women ́s world cup.

Finally, we left the stadium to go to the mall. It was huge and there were at least 20 different American food outlets to choose from. Most of us went to Wendy’s. After lunch we went our groups to look and buy some clothing and gear. Many of us got Saprissa jerseys.

After about 2 hours we left but Paul bought Grand Theft Auto and Brian made him switch it out for a more appropriate game. After the mall we traveled back to our hotel for dinner and a 30 min swim in the pool. For dinner we had steak and a salad and it was really good. That was Thursday.

20 June 10:00 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Max and Vincent

Our third game was on a Wednesday, June 19, against Escazu. We arrived at the field and started to warm up. While warming up, it was pouring rain and everyone was soaked. We went to our locker room after warm up and changed into our white uniforms. We came back onto the field and the rain stopped and then the game started. Ten seconds into the game Juan dribbled the ball down the field and scored. After that, we felt more confident and started to play harder. We scored eight more goals and Escazu with none. Juan and Dani both had a hatrick.. Paul, Jake, Triston all scored one. We played three periods thirty minutes each. After the ninety minutes, the final score was 9-0.