Colorado Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (Oct. 7 2008) – With a little more than a week’s time to prepare for their next match the Rapids are using the extra time to ready themselves for back-to-back Sunday trips to the Home Depot Center to face LA and Chivas USA respectively.
Coming off a 3-1 loss to Houston the club has to refocus for these 2 road trips in order to help solidify their postseason hopes. A win on the road at LA this Sunday would give the Rapids an important 3 points in the standings while simultaneously putting the Galaxy on the brink of playoff elimination.
The Rapids' loss vs. Houston does have a silver lining though: Colorado have rebounded well as of late in matches immediately following a loss having won two of their last three games following a loss all under the direction of interim head coach Gary Smith.
On Wednesday the players joined Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Heiner at a local fitness center for an intense water workout. The Rapids have done this several times throughout the season as it offers a welcome change for the players and some needed stress relief off their legs and feet.
The team will get in five straight days of training at Dick's Sporting Goods Park ahead of their trip to Los Angeles including a full 2-hour session in the morning on Saturday before boarding their flight.
NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy
This Sunday Oct. 12
6:00 p.m. MT
The Home Depot Center
Preview
LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 1 vs. Houston Dynamo 3
Saturday Oct. 4
7:30 p.m. MT
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Match Recap
Video highlights
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Tom McManus’ status has improved to 'Probable' for Sunday’s game in LA and fans can expect a return to the pitch for the Scotsman.
Besides McManus the Rapids have no other injuries to any of their active players with head athletic trainer Chris Litt close to recording his own clean sheet.
Goalkeeper Chris Sharpe who dislocated his right ankle in a Reserve match against FC Dallas on September 17 is progressing nicely and is now out of his walking boot and able to walk putting pressure on both feet with limited assistance from crutches.
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids Playoff Watch: With just three games remaining in the regular season the Rapids occupy the fourth seed in the Western Conference on 34 points. This year the top three teams in each conference make the playoffs as well as the next two teams with the highest point total regardless of conference. Colorado currently hold the tiebreaker over FC Dallas based on head-to-head competition as the teams are tied on points. As of now Columbus New England and Houston have been the only teams to clinch a playoff spot. Nobody has been eliminated from contention either with just five points separating last place from the final playoff berth. For a full breakdown and look inside the race to the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs click here.
NO THREE-PEAT FOR THE 'COBRAS': The Rapids Reserves also have three games remaining in their 2008 season (at LA at Chivas USA and vs. Real Salt Lake). With many of the Reserves’ players seeing significant action on the first team this year the Rapids Reserves have found difficulty defending their 2007 and 2008 championships. This season the Rapids Reserves are 3-4-2 placing them 10th in the MLS Reserve Division Standings. The Reserves have gotten goals from Conor Casey (1) Nico Colaluca (3) Christian Gomez (1) and former Rapids Herculez Gomez (4) and Kelly Gray (1) and guest players Daniel Antunez (1) Adriano Sella (1) and Seth Trembly (1).
MLS Reserve Division Standings as of 10/6/08: (Teams maked with an asterisk are still in contention to win the Reserve Division Championship).
Single Table GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
Kansas City * 10 7 1 2 23 28 13 +15
Houston* 9 7 1 1 22 26 12 +14
Real Salt Lake* 10 6 3 1 19 29 23 +6
Toronto FC* 10 6 4 0 18 12 18 -6
D.C. United 10 5 4 1 16 19 21 -2
Chicago 10 4 5 1 13 22 20 +2
FC Dallas 11 3 5 3 12 17 24 -7
Columbus 9 3 4 2 11 10 11 -1
San Jose 9 3 4 2 11 13 16 -3
Colorado 9 3 4 2 11 13 17 -4
New York 11 3 6 2 11 15 20 -5
Chivas USA 8 2 3 3 9 13 14 -1
New England 10 2 6 2 8 12 15 -3
Los Angeles 8 1 5 2 5 13 18 -5
Road Warriors: After going close to four and a half months between road victories this season the Rapids are now one of only four MLS teams to have a road winning streak this season. With road victories against FC Dallas and New York Colorado looks to make it three in a row this Sunday against LA at the Home Depot Center.
Here is a list of MLS team road winning streaks this season:
Team # Start Stop
Chicago Fire 4 4/12/08 5/25/08
New England Revolution 4 4/24/08 6/12/08
Colorado Rapids 2 9/4/08 current
Chicago Fire 2 8/9/08 8/21/08
Columbus Crew 2 4/17/08 5/10/08
PREP ZONE PIG OUT TO FIGHT HUNGER: This fall your school can join forces with the Colorado Rapids Foundation Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) and other Colorado high schools to fight hunger and feed hope! High schools that register for this program are asked to spread the word at your school in their own creative way to raise as much money as they can! Each school will be provided with pig canisters pig banners and a pig out lunch for the top fundraisers.
In addition the Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation in partnership with Teammates for Kids will sponsor the winning school with a $1000 donation to their athletic department. All participating high schools will be recognized during the Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake game on Saturday October 25 at 7:30pm and the winning school will be presented with a check for $1000 on the field. To register your school for the "Prep Zone Pig Out to Fight Hunger