All Kids 16 & Under Can Get Free Tickets to Saturday's Game!

DENVER (ColoradoRapids.com) - The Colorado Rapids have announced that this Saturday's home game against the Houston Dynamo is one of three "Colorado Rapids Kids Night" promotions for the 2006 season!

As part of the Rapids Kids Night all fans ages 16 & under can receive a FREE ticket to the match with the purchase of an adult ticket!

(For the full Colorado Rapids preview of Saturday's match including projected lineups the latest injury report miscellaneous game notes broadcast information head-to-head stats and more visit the Rapids MatchUp Page by CLICKING HERE).

"The Colorado Rapids Kids Night promotion is one of the best deals in all of sports said Jason Linscott Director of Ticket Sales for the Rapids. "It's the club's way of giving back to all the youth soccer players out there to say thanks for being such great fans and come out and enjoy a game free of charge."

The Colorado Rapids Kids Night promotions this season fall on the Rapids home games on: Saturday April 29 vs. Houston Friday June 9 against Real Salt Lake and on Saturday July 8 vs. the Kansas City Wizards.

Fans can request one free kids ticket every time they purchase an adult ticket to Saturday's game! To take advantage of the Rapids Kids Night special fans can call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL visit the Pepsi Center Box Office from 10am–6pm Monday through Friday or stop by the Invesco Field box office starting at 9am on gameday!

Other promotions going on at Saturday night's game also include:

SPENCER & MURPHY PREGAME COACHES CHALK TALK: Prior to this Saturday night's game Houston's John Spencer and the Rapids' John Murphy will conduct a special pregame coaches' chalk talk! Reserve your spot now at this exclusive event by calling the Rapids at 303-825-GOAL! Hurry spots are limited!

RAPIDS REFEREE CLINIC: Attention refs: the Rapids will host a Referee Clinic this Saturday April 29th immediately following the Rapids vs. Dynamo match at Invesco Field. Referees who attend are eligible for a $5 discount on game tickets! Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today by calling the Rapids at (303) 405-6123!

See you at Invesco Field on Saturday night!

MLSNET.COM MATCH PREVIEW
COLORADO RAPIDS vs HOUSTON DYNAMO
INVESCO FIELD at MILE HIGH Denver Colo.
7 p.m. MT
TV: FSN-Hou & MLS Direct Kick Package
April 29 2006 (WEEK 5) / MLS Game #26

On First Kick 2006 the Colorado Rapids provided the opposition for the first-ever match in Houston Dynamo history - and went down to a heavy defeat at Robertson Stadium. They now meet again in the Mile High City the Rapids coming in after a week off and a win and a draw in their last two games while Dynamo put an end to their two-game losing skid with a dramatic come-from-behind victory last weekend at home against Real Salt Lake.

REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. SAR (bench): Amato DeLuca; JAR (opposite): Chris Strickland; 4th: Steven DePiero
MLS Career: first game
MLS 2006: first game
Games involving Rapids: first game
Games involving Dynam first game

INJURY REPORT:
COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: GK Matt Jordan (lower back); QUESTIONABLE: FW Fabrice Noel (R knee contusion); DF Matt Crawford (L hamstring); MF Colin Clark (R knee sprain); PROBABLE: MF Dedi Ben-Dayan (L hamstring) ...
HOUSTON DYNAMO - OUT: FW Julian Nash (L hamstring strain) MF Aaron Lanes (R fifth metatarsal fracture); QUESTIONABLE: MF Chris Wondolowski (R knee MCL sprain)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (1 meeting): Rapids 0 wins (0 shootout) 2 goals ... Dynamo 1 win (0 shootout) 5 goals ... 0 draws
AT DENVER: first meeting

This is the second meeting between the Houston and Colorado clubs the first of two in Denver after the Rapids played in the first-ever match at Robertson Stadium. They won't meet again at the bayou until the regular season finale on Oct. 14; in between comes the second meetings in Denver on July 26.

Coaches record: Fernando Clavijo v HOU: P1 W0 L1 D0 ...
Dominic Kinnear vs. COL: P9 W5 L1 D3

LAST MEETING: 4/2/06: HOU 5 COL 2 (Ching 13 37 44 72; Moreno 90 - Beckerman 14; Kirovski 52)

Dynamo made a dramatic start to their Major League Soccer history winning the inaugural game in club history 5-2 against Rapids on April 2 at Robertson Stadium.
- Brian Ching made sure the inaugural game for Dynamo was one the new team's fans wouldn't soon forget. He scored four goals - one shy of the league record - to lead Dynamo to victory in their first-ever match. He had a hat trick by halftime as Dynamo began in rollicking fashion before a crowd of better than 25000 in Houston.
- He put Dynamo into the lead in the 13th minute getting the slightest of touches on a Wade Barrett effort to deflect it past Joe Cannon. But a tremendous long-range blast from Kyle Beckerman from all of 30 yards barely a minute later (15) drew Colorado level.
- Then Ching scored twice before the break with nearly identical goals. Twice De Rosario set Brian Mullan free on the right flank and twice the winger put in pinpoint crosses each time Ching coming in to powerfully head home (36 44).
- Jovan Kirovski brought the Rapids back to within one with a spectacular free kick that sailed over the Houston wall in the 53rd minute but Ching headed home a De Rosario corner kick in the 72nd minute to restore the two-goal margin. Alejandro Moreno then provided the finishing touch in stoppage time with a full bicycle kick that ripped into the back of the net.
- Here's Dominic Kinnear's team (4-3-1-2): Pat Onstad - Kelly Gray Ryan Cochrane Adrian Serioux Kevin Goldthwaite - Wade Barrett Ricardo Clark Brian Mullan - Dwayne De Rosario - Brian Ching Alejandro Moreno (Substitutes Not Used: Ronald Cerritos Brad Davis Patrick Ianni Eddie Robinson Marcus Storey Craig Waibel Zach Wells)
- Here's Fernando Clavijo's team (4-3-1-2): Joe Cannon - Chris Wingert Pablo Mastroeni Mike Petke Eric Denton -Terry Cooke Kyle Beckerman Dedi Ben Dayan (Hunter Freeman 35) - Clint Mathis (Fabrice Noel 16) - Jovan Kirovski Nicolas Hernandez (Cornell Glen 77). (Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Matt Crawford Dan Gargan Jacob Peterson)

COLORADO RAPIDS
The Colorado Rapids return to action after a bye week last playing to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas two weekends ago in Denver. The Rapids have four points from their first three matches level in third place in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Galaxy two behind Houston Dynamo in second place and six behind division leaders FC Dallas.

LAST MATCH
- FC Dallas came into the match looking to score the first goal after being forced to come from behind to win their opening two matches on the young season. It didn't take long for the Hoops to achieve that a Greg Vanney free kick from some 25 yards whipped over the wall beating Rapids 'keeper Joe Cannon inside his left-hand post. It was Vanney's first goal since returning to MLS and joining FC Dallas in 2005.
- The Hoops doubled their lead on 25 minutes with a wonder goal from Roberto Mina. Running with the ball at pace on the right flank Mina unleashed a shot from 25 yards out that hit the underside of the bar and sailed to the back of the net on the near post leaving Cannon dumbfounded.
- But FC Dallas defender Clarence Goodson suffered through a nightmare over the remainder of the half as the Rapids pulled level. First he handled the ball in the area knocking down a long ball played over the Colorado attackers.
- Jovan Kirovski sent Dario Sala the wrong way from the spot (39) to pull a goal back.
- Then in first-half stoppage time Terry Cooke swung in a cross from the right and Goodson turned it into his own goal as he tried to clear gifting the Rapids the equalizer. As well earlier on Goodson had a goal ruled out for offside.
- Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo made one change to the team that defeated the Columbus Crew 3-1 at home the week previous. Pablo Mastroeni returned from suspension and was slotted right back into the back four replacing Mike Petke.
- Here's Clavijo's team (4-3-1-2): Joe Cannon - Hunter Freeman Pablo Mastroeni Chris Wingert Eric Denton (Jacob Peterson 78) - Terry Cooke Kyle Beckerman Nicolas Hernandez - Jovan Kirovski - Fabrice Noel (Clint Mathis 59) Jean Philippe Peguero (Dedi Ben Dayan 85). [Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Dan Gargan Luchi Gonzalez Mike Petke]
- "We fought back. What I told the team was that these results last year were better. If we were a little bit lucky we would have won the game Clavijo said. "This seems like a loss. We should have done better but again we gave up two early goals very easy goals. Then we put together an incredible effort to come back. At the end we wanted to win the game. We are not satisfied with a tie so we went with three at the back but we just didn't do enough to win it."

TEAM NEWS
- Clint Mathis who suffered a knee injury in the 5-2 season opening defeat to Houston Dynamo came on in the 59th minute and featured well playing in the hole just behind the forwards.
- "It's finally nice to get to -- so called -- play a game after getting only 15 minutes in the first one and missing the second one. It was nice to get out there in front of the home crowd. I thought I had one there off of that (long) shot. I'm looking forward to the next game in two weeks against Houston."
- The bye week went far in allowing Clavijo to get his first-choice lineup back again for the rematch against Dynamo.
- "I think it is important that we have two weeks to prepare to get back guys who have been injured. We have Clint (Mathis) and Dedi (Ben-Dayan) who might come back into the starting lineup Kirovski said. "Hopefully we can get the 11 that we had in the preseason back in the frame again. The other guys came in and did great but it's tough when you are mixing and matching."
- However there was a significant injury in the Rapids group - Clavijo went hiking last weekend near Boulder and suffered a broken collarbone. He was at training during the week with his right arm in a blue sling.
- Clavijo also expects center back Aitor Karanka to return to Colorado this week and receive clearance to make his Rapids debut. Clavijo said if he returns before Friday he will play against Dynamo.
- After opening the season with the 5-2 reverse by Houston the Rapids are looking to turn that result back around. But not necessarily because of the heavy defeat. "The significance of this game for us is that it's a home game and we cannot give up points Clavijo said to The Denver Post.

HOUSTON DYNAMO
Houston Dynamo put an end to their brief two-match losing streak thanks to a late winner claiming a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Real Salt Lake at Robertson Stadium last Saturday. Dynamo moved into second place in the Western Conference with six points from four matches four adrift of division-leading FC Dallas.

LAST MATCH
- Dynamo returned home riding a two-game losing skid playing host to Real Salt Lake who were still looking for their first victory of 2006 -- and the first road victory of their history.
- Despite Houston's domination of the first half Real capitalized on an error to take the lead. A pass back escaped center back Eddie Robinson and Jeff Cunningham quickly raced onto it carrying into the penalty area before hitting a bouncing shot that beat Pat Onstad inside his right-hand post (57).
- But it took Dynamo just three minutes to equalize. Brad Davis whipped in a corner kick from the right and Craig Waibel shook his marker and rose up alone at the top of the goal area to powerfully head home.
- Then six minutes from time Houston hit for the winner. A long ball from midfield from Robinson was chested down by Brian Ching to De Rosario in full stride and he thundered into the area before coolly slotting home under the dive of Scott Garlick to return Dynamo to their winning ways at home.
- Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear made two changes to the team that lost 2-0 to D.C. United the previous weekend in Washington. Dwayne De Rosario returned from suspension and came in the playmaking central midfield role Adrian Serioux moving to the back four. Eddie Robinson also came to central defense as Eddie Robinson and Kelly Gray both returning to the substitutes' bench.
- Here's Kinnear's team (4-3-1-2): Pat Onstad - Craig Waibel Eddie Robinson Adrian Serioux Wade Barrett - Brian Mullan Ricardo Clark Brad Davis - Dwayne De Rosario - Brian Ching Alejandro Moreno (Ronald Cerritos 78) [Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Cochrane Kevin Goldthwaite Kelly Gray Stuart Holden Marcus Storey Zach Wells]
- "I told the guys at halftime: 'The chances they (Real) are going to get are from our mistakes or from a set piece' " Kinnear said. "Funny enough the two best chances they had were a combination of both."

TEAM NEWS

- De Rosario was a motivated man after sitting out the match against D.C. United when he was sent off in the 2-1 loss to Kansas City Wizards on April 15.
- "I felt like I owed the team something De Rosario said. "I'm very relieved (to have scored the winning goal). People don't understand. ... This is something you do with passion."
- Brad Davis started and played the full match for the second consecutive week. He recorded an assist the first goal he was involved in since scoring the game-winner in 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes victory against Columbus last Aug. 6. "For me it was great to be able to go out there for 90 minutes again pain-free and be able to contribute he said to the Houston Chronicle.
- Dynamo allowed a goal for the fourth consecutive week and have conceded seven goals in four games. A year ago when the majority of the squad was playing as the San Jose Earthquakes they allowed just 31 goals and recorded 12 clean sheets on the season.
- "It's one of those that if you don't give up any goals in the beginning of the year and then you give up three or four in the middle of the year nobody panics said Craig Waibel who started for the second consecutive week against Real Salt Lake this time at right fullback.