Match Preview: Rapids Look to Continue Dominance Over LA at Home Tonight!
June 27, 2010
COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - After 3 matches on the road your Colorado Rapids finally return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for their first home game in almost a month as they play host to the LA Galaxy Saturday night.
Kickoff is set for 7:30pm MT this Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Your Rapids will look to rebound from a close 1-0 loss to Houston on Sunday. Having their three game unbeaten streak snapped last weekend the Rapids are looking to collect themselves and keep the Galaxy winless on the season. This is the longest winless drought for Los Angeles to start a year since their 2003 season.
The Rapids and Galaxy meet on Saturday for the 52nd time (more than any other opponent in Rapids history) with the Rapids holding a 20-26-5 all-time record against the Galaxy in 14 years of competition.
In Colorado the Rapids hold a 15-7-3 all-time advantage and are 9-5-1 since the beginning of the 2005 season.
The Rapids are a perfect 3-0-0 at home vs. the Galaxy since the opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2007 and have not conceded a goal to Los Angeles at their new stadium outscoring the Galaxy 8-0 in those contests.
Your Rapids have faced off twice against the Galaxy already this month in one regular season match and one qualification match for the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Rapids took victories in both of those games played at the Home Depot Center and are poised to go a perfect 3-0-0 this month vs. LA.
The Rapids have begun the season playing four of their first five matches away from home. By contrast Saturday’s game will be the first outside the state of California this season for the Galaxy.
Something to watch for in the match: with his next appearance midfielder Terry Cooke will reach 100 career games played with the Rapids. Cooke’s career in Colorado began in 2005 and the Rapids are the only club he has played for in the U.S. Terry would join an exclusive list of only eight others players in the 14-year history of the club to reach the 100 games played plateau. Chris Henderson stands as the Rapids all-time leader in games played with 178.
Saturday night's game will be broadcast in Colorado on Altitude. Calling the game for Altitude will be Mike Haynes (play-by-play) Marcelo Balboa (color) and Peter Ruttgaizer (sidelines).
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game; if you haven't already purchased your tickets to the match now's the time to act! 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 River Runners 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 Rapids River Runners Family Night: get 4 tickets 4 hot dogs 4 sodas and a whitewater rafting trip all for only $69! Order your Family Night package for Saturday now by clicking here!
-Rapids "Night of Champions": This game the Rapids are honoring all champion youth soccer teams! This annual event is open to any youth soccer or high school team that went unbeaten in any league OR finished 1st 2nd or 3rd in any youth tournament or competitive league in the last year! Participating Rapids Night of Champions teams will receive a special Buy-One Get-One-Free offer for tickets to this game AND the chance to participate in the annual Parade of Champions around the field! Details
-British Heritage Night: The Colorado Rapids have built a series of "Heritage Nights" throughout the season to celebrate the global heritage of the club's players! This Saturday it's "British Heritage Night"; come be a part of the festvities and celebrate the culture and backgrounds of Rapids player Terry Cooke and coaches Gary Smith and Steve Guppy with music special guests and giveaways!
-Free Terry Cooke Posters: in honor of British Heritage Night the first 2000 fans into the stadium this Saturday night will receive a free limited-edition signature series collectable poster of this game's featured player Terry Cooke. The 11x14" glossy poster features a color action shot of Cooke on the front and a copy of his signature and biography on the reverse. Get there early to make sure you get one!
-Rapids "Play Clean Night": The Rapids' "Play Clean Night" is the club's annual eco-friendly game! Play Clean is the club's campaign to conserve energy save water recycle materials and reduce the carbon footprint left by KSE properties and their patrons by engaging their athletes entertainers and fans. The Rapids' home game on April 25 will serve as a showcase for those efforts while at the same time helping to build awareness and support for Colorado’s ecological future with several "green" initiatives taking place at the match! Details