For all the success Brian Mullan has achieved in Major League Soccer, he's never sought - nor liked - the spotlight. And fortunately for him, he's always had teammates that garnered a lot of attention, be it Cobi Jones in LA, Landon Donovan in San Jose, or Dwayne De Rosario in Houston.
However Altitude TV was able to sit down with Mullan for this exclusive feature. As you can see, family is THE most important thing for the Littleton native, and Highland Ranch resident:
They may have started off quietly, but the first function of the newly formed Sidekicks was a huge success.
The Sidekicks, launched last week by Brian Mullen's wife, Kersten, brings together the significant others of the Rapids players and coaching staff to provide unique opportunities to fans, as well as support the community through fundraising efforts.
To get started, the Sidekicks on Saturday gave 100 fans an opportunity to come to field level following the 3-0 win over Portland for a special autograph session. It should be noted that the players are also 100 % behind these efforts, with all of them coming out to meet the winning guests.
Keep ears and eyes open at future matches for other special opportunities. For the Portland game, the Sidekicks made in-game announcements explaining to fans how to get the autograph alley wristbands.
At the 17th Annual 4thFest this Wednesday, fans will have the opportunity to show off their National and Rapids pride.
Altitude Authentics has created a limited edition USA-Rapids themed scarf as the Merchandise of the Match. At each Rapids home game this season, Altitude Authentics features a Merch of the Match, which is a single merchandise item at a discounted price for one day only. This patriotic scarf will be available at all Altitude Authentics retail locations at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday for only $20 (regular price $25).
Supplies are limited, so don't wait. Pick up your red, white and blue Rapids scarf and hold it high as the team takes the field on Wednesday.
The last time Rapids supporters groups Pid Army and Class VI interacted with the traveling supporters of the Portland Timbers - the Timbers Army - in Colorado, each were celebrating a 'first.'
It happened prior to the opening game of the 2011 season, when the Rapids fans were about to watch the MLS Cup winning side for the first time since the final, and the Timbers fans were about to watch their team make their MLS debut.
Now in their second season, we're not expecting the 500 or so Timbers fans that traveled last year, but the fans that are coming to Colorado will once again be hosted by the Pid Army and Class VI fans.
"As we had such a great time with them here and in Portland last year," said Pid Army chief Dave Cleland, "we will continue to prove that rival fans can get along great before and after the game but still be passionate about their respective teams inside the stadium."
The supporters of both teams will gather at the Celtic Tavern in downtown Denver Saturday and then take separate buses to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the Rapids vs Timbers game (7 pm MT). The buses are expected to leave the bar at 4:30 pm, arriving at the stadium with plenty of time to tailgate.
Class VI and the Pid Army inform us that they will also be having their 3rd Annual Homebrew competition, cleverly called Pitch to Pint, during this tailgate. Fans of age will have a chance to sample Colorado-brewed beers and vote for a winner. All fans are welcome to join the 'No Fan Alone' tailgate, though $5 donations are happily appreciated to help pay for costs.
About 20-30 minutes after the game, the busses will return to the Celtic, where it's likely the festivities will continue. Often times, the Rapids Man of the Match also makes an appearance at this post-game party (as do some staff and other players).
Re-Posting MLS WORKS' Blog Post from MLSsoccer.com...
Join Gatorade, MLS, and the soccer community in supporting young female athletes to stay in the game.
Did you know?
- In 1971, one in 27 high school girls participated in sports.
- In 2012, one in 2.5 high school girls play sports!
In 1972, Title IX gave women and men equal access to federally funded programs. That means your mother, your wife, your sister and even YOU have seen equal opportunities to be a young athlete.
However, while we have managed to gain young girls equal access to sports, they're still dropping out at twice the rate boys do by age 14.
We want to help change this trend.
- A girl who participates in sports is more likely to get better grades and graduate high school with scholarships to college.
- A girl who participates in sports is less likely to get involved in drugs.
- A girl who participates in sports will have greater confidence and self-esteem keeping her from depression and eating disorders.
- A girl who participates in sports is less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior or become pregnant.
How can you help?
Support the cause by changing your profile picture to your 14 year-old self (or a special female in your life like your daughter or wife) playing sports. Tweet about how playing sports helped you get to where you are today using the #KeepHerInTheGame hashtag. Most importantly, continue to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister and friends to keep her in the game.
For more information, visit www.womenssportsfoundation.org.
Like soccer fans around the world, our offices have been buzzing in the mornings with the sounds of the EURO 2012 Championship on various TVs. Friday afternoon, shortly after England defeated Sweden 3-2, there was another round of excitement in the air when we learned that the Colorado Rapids were represented at that match.
Emily Kilcoyne, our Manager of Group Sales, received the photo above from Rapids season ticket holder Haim Lensky. From left to right: Mike, Vicky, and Haim hold up the Rapids' MLS Champion flag at Olympic Stadium in Kyiv (Ukraine), with the Sweden-England scarf above.
"It's been a great experience," Haim wrote via email. "We met people from all over Europe and we have loved being at every game screaming and cheering for the teams."
Haim is from Russia and won the ticket lottery last year to attend the tournament. The family is of course supporting Russia, but also England, Spain, and Ukraine. And if you're ready to be jealous, read on...
So far, they've attended the England-France (T 1-1), Netherlands-Germany (GER 2-1), and today's England-Sweden matches.
"The games have been crazy and the fans have definitely been dedicated to their respective teams" he wrote.
The Lensky's will also be attending: Sweden-France, and the Quarterfinal matches in Donetsk and Kiev, the Semifinal in Kiev, and the 2012 Final in Donetsk.
"We are definitely having fun," he concludes.
Glad to hear, and thanks for bringing a little bit of Colorado and the Rapids with you!
Special Olympics Colorado has made all the difference in Conor's life. When he joined Special Olympics Colorado basketball in 2002, he had a group of friends for the first time in his life. By rotating through the various sports offered by Special Olympics (over several years) he found his 'place' on the tennis court. He was fortunate to represent Colorado at the Special Olympic National Games in Tennis, 2010.
The present opportunity with the Rapids and Kroenke Sports to play soccer and travel has meant so much to Conor and to us as a family. It has been a positive and affirming experience in every way. He feels respected and important by these organizations.
All of this would not be possible without Special Olympics Colorado. Thank you for giving these kids the chance to shine.
Special Olympics Colorado has given Mackenzie so many opportunities to express herself and grow as a person. We have always tried to promote Mackenzie’s independence so that she is as ready as she can be when she graduates from high school. The rapids experience fit very nicely into that plan and actually speeded things up. The Seattle trip gave her confidence in her abilities and allowed her to take on the opportunities she has for leadership. Mackenzie wants to go on a school trip to Italy next year and this trip to Seattle has given us confidence that she will be ready. Not only do we have confidence, but most importantly she believes she can do it. Mackenzie is ready to prove herself and take the opportunities that are in front of her. The Colorado Rapids players have given her a sense of family and belonging. These team members have given her the strength to stand up for herself and feel important. These experiences are priceless and I hope more people begin to realize the importance of unity and the impact it can have on society and the way we live each day.
Shi is a 15 year old new player for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team. Shi has never played on a competitive soccer team and he is very excited to start. He is hoping to be able to try all of the positions and hopes he can score some goals for his new team. He is open to new opportunities and enjoys meeting new people. In school Shi has played football and basketball as well as participated in school wide soccer activities.
Shi heard about Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Team from one of his teachers in school. As soon as he talked to his mom, he knew he wanted to be a part of it. Shi is most excited about meeting his new teammates. He doesn’t currently know any of his teammates but he knows he will make a lot of friends this summer. He is also looking forward to meeting all of the Special Olympics Sounders players when they come to play in Denver.
Sarah is a coach for the Special Olympics Colorado Rapids Soccer Team. She is from Denver, Colorado and attended the Art Institute of Colorado. Sarah enjoys photography and owns a photography and floral company. Her favorite athlete currently is Abby Wambach. Sarah says she “loves her intensity”.
Sarah looks forward to becoming part of the Rapids All Star Soccer family and says that “this is a great opportunity because I can take my love of soccer to these kids and see the happiness on their faces. The best part is the smiles from it all”.