Game Notes for Monday's 2005 Hall of Fame Game vs. DC United

ColoradoRapids.com - The Colorado Rapids will travel to Oneonta NY on Sunday August 28 to take on reigning MLS Champions DC United on Monday August 29th in the 10th annual Hall Of Fame Game.

This match which is the culmination of the entire 2005 Induction Weekend will be broadcast LIVE at 11:00 a.m. (MT) on Fox Soccer Channel. The weekend’s activities include a golf tournament and a gala awards celebration. For more information fans can contact the Hall of Fame at 800-545-FAME or CLICK HERE.

2005 Hall of Fame Game: Colorado Rapids vs. DC United

NEXT GAME:
2005 Hall of Fame Game (Exhibition)
Monday August 29 2005
11:00 a.m. (MT)
Rapids vs. D.C. United
at At-A-Glance Stadium on the campus of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Oneonta NY
TV: Fox Soccer Channel

NEXT REGULAR SEASON MATCH:
Saturday September 3 2005
7:00 p.m. (MT) Rapids vs. D.C. United
at INVESCO Field at Mile High
TV: HDNet MLS DirectKick Fox Soccer Channel
Radi KKFN-950 AM (English); KMXA-1090 AM (Spanish)

LAST GAME:
Wednesday August 17 2005
Rapids 2 vs. Revolution 0 at INVESCO Field at Mile High

MISCELLANEOUS GAME NOTES:

CLAVIJO BALBOA and HARKES: The last time that Fernando Clavijo Marcelo Balboa and John Harkes played in the same game together they drew quite a crowd. It was at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena California and in front of 93869 fans when the U.S. National Team faced Romania in the final game of the first round of the 1994 World Cup. All three players started and played 90 minutes for the U.S.A. in their 1-0 loss to the eastern European side. Despite the loss the United States qualified for the next round where they faced Brazil on July 4th at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto California. Both Clavijo and Balboa started in that game against the eventual World Champions but Harkes was unavailable to participate due to yellow card accumulations in the first round. Another 2005 Hall of Fame inductee Tab Ramos also played in these games alongside Clavijo and Balboa.

CLAVIJO and BALBOA: The only time that Marcelo Balboa faced off against Fernando Clavijo as a Head Coach was on June 20 2001 when the New England Revolution commanded by Clavijo tied the Rapids 3-3 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough MA. Balboa recorded an assist on the tying goal for the Rapids equalizing in the 92nd minute to send Colorado home with an important road point.

CLAVIJO and HARKES: Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo utilized midfielder John Harkes in a total of 33 games while he was at the helm of the New England Revolution between 2000 and 2001 before trading him to the Columbus Crew in exchange for Bolivian midfielder Ronald "Pato" Aguilera on May 11 2001. While in Columbus Harkes played three times with the Crew against Clavijo’s New England side. All three games were won by Clavijo’s team including the 2-1 U.S. Open Cup win on July 24 2001.

FERNANDO CLAVIJO WALTER ZENGA and ROY WEGERLE: Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo will be joining a special club of Player/Coaches in Major League Soccer history on Monday August 29 when he takes the field for the Colorado Rapids in the Black and Blue’s exhibition match against DC United that will be the highlight of the 2005 National Hall of Fame Induction weekend. The only two other player/coaches in league history have been Italian international Walter Zenga who coached and played goalkeeper for the New England Revolution (1998-1999) and forward Roy Wegerle who commanded the Rapids as an player/coach in the last part of the 1996 season.

RAPIDS VS. DC UNITED ALL-TIME: Colorado trails in the overall all-time MLS regular-season series against D.C. United 6-11-5. The Rapids are 4-5-2 in Denver and 2-6-3 in the nation’s capital during the regular season. In the last four years the Black and Blue hold an undefeated 3-0-2 advantage vs. DC when playing in the thin air of the Mile High City. DC United is also the only team the Rapids have ever faced in the MLS Cup which they famously lost to United in 1997 by the score of 2-1 when DC had the distinct advantage of playing the championship match in their home stadium.

STREAKING: It has been over a month since the Rapids lost their last MLS regular season game. Colorado has gone 3-0-1 in their last four matches and has taken points from the top clubs in the league including both conference leaders the San Jose Earthquakes and the New England Revolution.

STAYING BUSY: With two weeks off between MLS matches Jeff Cunningham and Pablo Mastroeni have been keeping busy and staying in shape. The two traveled to Madrid Spain as part of the MLS Select Team earlier this week to take on Real Madrid in the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu. Real defeated the select team 5-0 but Cunningham had one of the best showings of any MLS player on the field as well as the best scoring chance of the match for the MLS squad.

REMATCH IN ONEONTA: Even though only two players from the 1997 MLS Cup match between Colorado and D.C. United are still on their team’s rosters (Colorado’s Wolde Harris and DC’s Jaime Moreno) expect to see other alums from that championship match on Monday in New York. Of course Marcelo Balboa and John Harkes will be there as the game is to honor their induction into the Hall of Fame but defender-turned-assistant coach Steve Trittschuh will also be on hand this time on the Rapids bench. Balboa Harkes Moreno and Trittschuh all played the full 90 minutes in that famous 1997 championship match and Harris saw 63 minutes of action.

HAVE I SEEN YOU SOMEWHERE BEFORE?: After not playing against each other since August 11 of last year the Rapids and DC United will become reacquainted quickly over the next month as the teams will face off against each other 3 times in just 20 days. It all begins in Oneonta NY for the Hall of Fame game on August 29 and then less than a week later Colorado hosts DC in MLS play on September 3rd. Just two weeks later on September 17 the Rapids will travel to the nation’s capital for the two teams’ final matchup in the regular season.