It's an International Doubleheader Thursday Night!

DENVER CO (ColoradoRapids.com)- Tickets are selling quickly for the Colorado Rapids' international doubleheader next Thursday July 20 which will feature the Rapids vs. Chivas USA followed by Mexican powerhouse Club América taking on Mexican First Division runners-up Club San Luis at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

The soccer extravaganza will kick off at 6:00 p.m. (MT) when the Colorado Rapids take on Chivas USA in Major League Soccer regular season action. This Rapids game which was originally scheduled for July 21st will also be the club’s annual Budweiser Hispanic Heritage Night celebration. The Club America vs. San Luis match will kick off at 8:30pm.

For the full match preview of the 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.

Continuing the tradition of hosting festive atmospheric elements all night fans will also be able to arrive at the stadium early at 5:00pm for live music and fesitivities in the Rapids' beer garden outside the south end of the stadium including $2.50 beers and $4 margaritas! There will also be performances by bands and traditional dancers all night long.

Performing between the matches will be legendary local band Mariachi Vásquez! They have 19 years of life as a group and know exactly how to capture their Mexican Latin-American and Anglo audiences. Mariachi Vásquez are a very close family who have taken Mariachi music to different venues in the United States as well as festivals in Mexico. Aside from maintaining a very busy schedule thanks to their quality and charisma they are important representatives of youth through their music as well as spokespeople for positive and encouraging messages to the young and old.

The second match of the night will feature Mexican clubs America vs. San Luis. Club América is arguably the most famous club in México. "Las Águilas" (The Eagles) who were founded on October 18 1916 have won 14 local Mexican championships 6 Mexican Cup championships 5 Mexican Champions Cups 2 Interamerican Cups and one CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Club América will represent CONCACAF at this year’s FIFA World Club Championship that will be played in Japan in the month of December and will showcase teams such as Barcelona FC and the winner of each one of the FIFA Confederations.

Club San Luis who were a Cinderella story last season in the Mexican First Division tournament reached the championship game after starting the season fighting against relegation to the Second Division. Led by head coach Raul Arias the club reached the Clausura 2006 Championship game defeating the defending Champions Club Toluca in the semifinals and Club Atlante in the quarterfinals.

Both Mexican teams will arrive in Colorado early in the week of July 16th as they continue their preseason in preparation for the 2006 Apertura Tournament which will kick off in August.

This Rapids doubleheader event also features the Rapids' Family Night package where fans can purchase 4 tickets 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks for only $59!

Single game tickets and the Rapids Family Night packages for the international doubleheader are now on sale and selling very quickly but are still available! Fans can order theirs today via phone at 303-830-TIXS at all Ticketmaster outlets or online by CLICKING HERE.

Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. For more information on any of the details above or to order your group tickets call the Rapids at 303-825-GOAL.

COLORADO RAPIDS VS. CHIVAS USA MATCH PREVIEW
By MLSNet.com

COLORADO RAPIDS v CHIVAS USA
INVESCO FIELD at MILE HIGH Denver Colo.
6 p.m. MT
TV: Altitude
July 20 2006 (WEEK 17) / MLS Game #109

It's another important battle for placing within the Western Conference as the Colorado Rapids play host to Chivas USA in Denver. The teams are tied for third place in the conference and while second place is out of reach both clubs six points behind Houston Dynamo both would also like to maintain their advantage ahead of fifth-place Los Angeles Galaxy who are five points behind.

REFEREE: Andrew Chapin. SAR (bench): Thomas Supple; JAR (opposite): Jose Corro; 4th: Matt Grove
MLS Career: 11 games; FC/gm: 29.5; Y/gm: 4.9; R: 3; pens: 1
MLS 2006: 3 games; FC/gm: 28.7 (avg: 28.8); Y/gm: 4.3 (avg: 3.44); R: 1 (MLS: 12); pens: 0 (MLS: 20)
Games involving Rapids: P1 W0 L1 T0; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 1; pens: 1
Games involving Chivas USA: P1 W0 L1 T0; FC/gm: 24.0; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 0; pens: 0

INJURY REPORT:
COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: MF Matt Crawford (R hip)
CHIVAS USA - OUT: MF Ramón Ramírez (L knee MCL sprain); FW Mike Muñoz (R ankle tendonitis); QUESTIONABLE: MF John O'Brien (R patella tendonitis)

SUSPENDED: CHV: Ante Razov (five cautions; through July 23)

WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: COL: Hunter Freeman ... CHV: Jesse Marsch
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: COL: Kyle Beckerman ... CHV: Juan Pablo Garcia Jason Hernandez Francisco Mendoza Tim Regan Lawson Vaughn

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Rapids 3 wins (0 shootout) 11 goals ... Chivas USA 1 wins (0 shootout) 9 goals ... 2 draws
IN DENVER (3 meetings): Rapids 1 win (0 shootout) 4 goals ... Chivas USA 0 wins (0 shootout) 3 goals ...2 draws

This is the third of four meetings between the teams this season the second of two in Denver and the last of three meetings in barely six weeks. Their final encounter will be Sept. 23 on Victoria Street.

A year ago the Rapids took three of the four meetings between the club in Chivas USA's inaugural season with the fourth match ending in a draw.

Coaches records: Fernando Clavijo vs. CHV: P6 W3 L1 D2 ... Bob Bradley v COL: P25 W12 L9 D4

2006 (MLS)
6/3: CHV 4 COL 1 (own goal 6; Razov 24; Mendoza 76; Palencia 85 - Ben Dayan 31)
6/21: COL 1 CHV 1 (Ben-Dayan 58 - Garcia 10)Chivas USA won the first meeting 4-1 on June 3 at The Home Depot Center then less than three weeks later they played to a 1-1 draw in Denver.

In the first meeting bad luck struck the visitors after just six minutes when Rapids defender Mike Petke turned a ball into the back of his own net. Then in the 24th minute Ante Razov scored his 90th career MLS goal to double the Chivas lead ripping home a low drive after he was set free down the right flank by Juan Pablo Garcia.

Colorado pegged Chivas back seven minutes later when Dedi Ben Dayan jammed home a low shot inside Preston Burpo's left-hand post. But Chivas finally put the game away with a pair of goals inside the final quarter-hour. A neat combination saw the ball end up with Francisco Mendoza who gleefully punched the ball home. Nine minutes later Mendoza returned the favor splitting the Rapids defense with a through ball that Juan Francisco Palencia poked home.

Just a month ago Chivas USA came away with their first point this season away from Carson hanging on for a 1-1 draw with the Rapids on June 21.

The visitors who took the early lead. A searching ball from Francisco Mendoza found Ante Razov and he laid it square to Juan Pablo Garcia in the area. Garcia then stabbed an audacious chip that floated over Rapids 'keeper Joe Cannon into the upper left-hand corner (10).

The Rapids pulled level though in the 58th minute. Eric Denton worked himself free in the left corner and pulled back a low cross from the byeline which Dedi Ben Dayan turned home from inside the area for his third goal in the last four games.

Here's Fernando Clavijo's team (4-3-1-2): Joe Cannon - Hunter Freeman Aitor Karanka Mike Petke Eric Denton - Terry Cooke Kyle Beckerman Dedi Ben-Dayan (Jacob Peterson 78) - Clint Mathis (Thiago Martins 61) - Nicolas Hernandez Jovan Kirovski. [Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Dan Gargan Fabrice Noel Daniel Wasson Chris Wingert]

Here's Bob Bradley's team (4-4-2): Preston Burpo - Tim Regan Jason Hernandez Carlos Llamosa Jonathan Bornstein - Juan Pablo Garcia Sacha Kljestan (Orlando Perez 67) Jesse Marsch Francisco Mendoza - Juan Francisco Palencia Ante Razov (Lawson Vaughn 91+). [Substitutes Not Used: Esteban Arias Rene Corona Brad Guzan Drew Helm Matt Taylor]

COLORADO RAPIDS
The Colorado Rapids saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end falling 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls on a hot Friday afternoon at Giants Stadium. The Rapids now have 24 points from 16 matches tied for third place in the Western Conference with Chivas USA three points ahead of fifth-place Los Angeles Galaxy now six points behind Houston Dynamo in second place.

LAST MATCH
-Stadium conflicts led to a rare Friday afternoon contest played under a blazing sun on the new FieldTurf surface. The Red Bulls hadn't won since June 17 while the Rapids came in riding a winning streak for the first time this season.
- The game's only goal came in the 35th minute from the penalty spot. Chris Henderson burst into the area on the right and was clattered into by defenders Mike Petke and Dan Gargan referee Jair Marrufo immediately pointing to the spot. Amado Guevara finished off the spot kick for his second goal of the season first since April 15.
- Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo made two changes to the team that defeated the Kansas City Wizards 1-0 the weekend before at home. Dan Gargan came in at right back for Hunter Freeman while Thiago Martins returned to the lineup in place of Dedi Ben-Dayan.
- Here's Clavijo's team (4-4-2): Joe Cannon - Dan Gargan (Jacob Peterson 80) Aitor Karanka Mike Petke Eric Denton - Terry Cooke Kyle Beckerman Pablo Mastroeni Nicolas Hernandez - Jovan Kirovski (Clint Mathis 69) Thiago Martins (Dedi Ben-Dayan 65). [Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul Hunter Freeman Fabrice Noel Daniel Wasson]
- "Unfortunately we were not able to get three points like we intended Clavijo said. "It was hard to get things going because of how the field was. They are used to playing on turf unlike us. The conditions were simply awful for us."

TEAM NEWS
- The Rapids struggled with the conditions. First there was the midsummer heat and humidity with the 2 p.m. kickoff.
- "You can't make excuses but it's tough to play on a 120 degree field in the middle of the afternoon midfielder Clint Mathis said. "I think that took a toll on both teams and when people are tied and it's hot like that people make mistakes that they're not used to making."
- Then there was the new FieldTurf surface at Giants Stadium. "It was what it was. It was a crap field it was a two o'clock in the afternoon game Pablo Mastroeni said. "It was just a crappy game altogether. We made some mistakes and it ended up costing us the game but it could have gone either way."
- Added defender Dan Gargan: "I think it was the fact that we were playing on the new turf. The new turf is full of the black rubber which makes it so much hotter on your feet. Plus you have to battle the sun. It was pretty hot."
- While the Rapids failed to find the back of the net for just the second time in their last 10 games they felt they could have had a second consecutive shutout.
- "I think on the PK I think we were a bit unfortunate not to get the free kick before that scenario happened Mathis said. "For us to lose on what I feel is a soft PK I think it's OK. I wish we could have played better soccer but under the circumstances it was just an OK game for both sides."
- A year ago Chivas USA visited Denver as part of a doubleheader with Mexican clubs CD Guadalajara (known as Chivas) and Cruz Azul - and the atmosphere was more like a road game for the Rapids. It could be the same Thursday with the game again part of a doubleheader involving Mexican clubs this time San Luis and Club América.
- "I expect exactly the same reception Rapids defender Eric Denton said to The Denver Post. "I think it's great for the community. I don't think it's necessarily good for the home team. It's pretty much an away game the entire second half and a little bit in the first."

CHIVAS USA
Chivas USA got a second consecutive result in the Super Clasico with in-stadium rival Los Angeles Galaxy the two teams playing to a scoreless draw at The Home Depot Center last Saturday night. Chivas now have 24 points from 18 matches tied for third place in the Western Conference with the Rapids three points ahead of fifth-place Los Angeles Galaxy now six points behind Houston Dynamo in second place.

LAST MATCH
- The Super Clasico had developed into a true rivalry each team with a victory in their two meetings this season and some added urgency with Chivas USA five points ahead of the Galaxy in the Western Conference.
- While there were no goals it wasn't through lack of trying. Juan Pablo Garcia and Sacha Kljestan each rattled the woodwork for Chivas and Galaxy 'keeper Kevin Hartman also made a terrific save getting down to his right to save an angled shot from Garcia.
- The draw put an end to the Galaxy's three-game winning streak though they have now not allowed a goal in their last 512 minutes of play. Chivas have lost just once over the last month a span of eight games.
- For the second consecutive match Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley made no changes to his team from the one that lost 3-1 to Houston Dynamo the weekend before at Robertson Stadium.
- Here's Bradley's team (4-4-2): Preston Burpo - Tim Regan Jason Hernandez Claudio Suarez Jonathan Bornstein - Juan Pablo Garcia Sacha Kljestan Jesse Marsch Francisco Mendoza (Orlando Perez 79) - Juan Francisco Palencia Ante Razov. [Substitutes Not Used: Rene Corona Brad Guzan Carlos Llamosa Rodrigo Lopez Matt Taylor Lawson Vaughn]
- "I thought it was a very good effort. For long periods I thought the team played well Bradley said. "I'm disappointed to not take three points but we're pleased to see the way the team played throughout the game."

TEAM NEWS
- Although Chivas dominated the stat sheet with a 10-3 advantage on shots and a 4-2 edge in shots on goal both teams felt they could have walked away with the three points. Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman as well as the post thwarted Chivas on Saturday.
- "We just need to find a way now to make some plays when the games are on the line and I don't know what the magic formula is to make that happen Bradley said.
- Suddenly Chivas games are loaded with meaning. Saturday's game was just a glimpse of what awaits Chivas later on this season.
- "These are what the games are going to look like in the playoffs Razov said. "As games get closer and harder toward the end of the year there aren't going to be any nice romps in the park where it's 4-0 like we had against some other teams."
- Said Bradley: "I think the team responded well to some tough games. Good teams know how to come back strong after those kinds of games. I thought our response was quite good." Chivas did well to rebound from a heart-wrenching loss to amateur side Roma FC of Dallas in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match. Still they have now not scored in their last 292 minutes in all competitions.
- "Throughout the game we tried and attack in good ways. We mixed up our attack pretty well but the goals didn't come Bradley said. "You hope that if you continue to do the right things make the right passes make the right runs have players who see openings and take guys on you hope that all those things add up and help you score goals.