Game On! Tonight's Rapids vs. KC Opening Night Preview

COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - Are you ready for the excitement to begin? Your Colorado Rapids kick off the first home game of their 14th MLS season this Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as they host the Kansas City Wizards at 7:30pm!
Despite Thursday's blizzard stadium snow removal crews have cleared the stands and kickoff for Saturday night is forcasted to be sunny and a balmy 50 degrees! (Read the Rapids Undercurrent's recap on clearing the stadium by clicking here).
Your Rapids will look to rebound from a season-opening loss last week at Chivas when they return to the friendly confines of Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday; Colorado are 2-0-0 in their last 2 consecutive opening nights at their home stadium.
The Rapids hold a 16-19-8 all-time record against the Kansas City Wizards in 13 years of competition. In Colorado the Rapids are 13-4-5 all-time vs. KC and are unbeaten in their last five match-ups against the Wizards going 4-0-1 in those contests.
The Rapids are also prepared to make franchise history on Saturday as the club look to win their third straight home opener. Colorado are a perfect 2-0 in home openers since moving into Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and have outscored their opponents 6-to-1 in those matches.
The Rapids will find themselves without the services of Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni for this weekend's game as he was called-up by the U.S. Men's National Team last week. Pablo left to join the USMNT following Colorado’s game against Chivas USA last Saturday and should re-join the Rapids before their April 4 match against Los Angeles. The U.S. first travel to face El Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlán in the second match of the 10-game final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kickoff on March 28 is set for 7pm MT. Four days later the state of Tennessee will host its first World Cup Qualifier when the U.S. welcome Trinidad & Tobago to LP Field in Nashville with kickoff at 7:30p.m. MT on April 1.
The Kansas City Wizards are in search of their first points of the season as well after falling to Toronto FC 2-3 last week. Midfielder Davy Arnaud sits among the league leaders in goals after notching both of KC's scores last week. The Wizards return forward Josh Wolff who in 22 career matches against the Rapids has tallied nine goals and five assists. Kansas City M/F Herculez Gomez also makes his first appearance at Dick's Sporting Goods Park since being traded to the Wizards back on September 3 2008. Gomez forever etched his name in Rapids history by scoring the first-ever goal in the new stadium back on April 7 2007.
Saturday night's game will be broadcast in Colorado on Altitude-2. Calling the game for Altitude will be Mike Haynes (play-by-play) Marcelo Balboa (color) and Peter Ruttgaizer (sidelines).
Limited amounts of tickets are still available for Saturday's game; if you haven't already purchased your tickets to the match you had better hurry before they sell out! Fans can buy tickets online at the TicketHorse official website by clicking here!
For the full match preview of this game visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports by clicking here!
GAME PROMOTIONS FOR SATURDAY'S HOME MATCH:
-Rapids Pizza Family Night Pack: The Rapids aregiving fans this fantastic chance to come to the stadium catch the game and get food and drinks for the whole family for an unbeatable price! It's the first Aliki Pizza Family Night of the year: get 4 tickets 4 personal pizzas and 4 sodas for only $69! Order your Family Night package for Saturday now by clicking here!
-Colorado Youth Soccer Parade of Teams: each member club of CYS (Colorado Youth Soccer) has been offered the chance to nominate one of their youth teams to represent their club with pride and participate in a special pregame Parade of Colorado Youth Soccer Teams prior to the game! The youth teams will parade around the field inside Dick's Sporting Goods Park bearing the banners flags and colors of their youth club while the Rapids are warming up for the match! Moms and dads bring your cameras for this ultimate photo opportunity!
-Fado Lads Night Out Pack: If you're looking for the ultimate night out with your buddies this is it! Meet your pals at Fado Irish Pub in Lodo partake in their traditional Irish fare put down a pint or two and then jump on the Rapids Party Bus for a free ride to and from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park! You don't have to be a lad to take advantage of this great deal....ladies are welcome also! This unbeatable package features 2 tickets to the game 2 free beers at Fado and the bus ride to and from the stadium all for only $39! Order your Fado Lads Night Out pack for Saturday by clicking here!
-Rapids Job Fair: Have you always dreamt of working in soccer? Think you've got what it takes to make it in major league sports? Then you should attend the Rapids Job Fair taking place this Saturday starting at 2pm at the stadium! Come meet reps from the Rapids as well as the Nuggets Avs Mammoth KSE Pepsi Center and Dick's Sporting Goods Park! This is a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with sports professionals gain valuable insight into the professional sports industry and learn more about available internship and paid positions. Don’t forget to bring plenty of resumes! Sign Up Now!

-Free Schedule Poster Night: The Rapids will distribute free 2009 two foot by three foot schedule posters to the first 5000 fans into the stadium on Saturday courtesy of D&K printing! Don't miss the chance to decorate your room office club house or establishment for free with this colorful opening night giveaway!
-It's Rapids Opening Night! It's the most-anticipated date on Colorado's sports & entertainment calendar this year as your Rapids face off against Kansas City on Opening Night! Spring is here and soccer's in the air! Be there to be a part of all the passion pageantry and action and get to Dick's Sporting Goods Park to experience the world's game on Opening Night!