Rapids 2006 Open Player Tryouts Sold Out!

DENVER CO (Colorado Rapids Media Relations)- The Colorado Rapids have announced the date for the club’s 2006 Open Tryouts which will be held on Saturday February 4 from 10:00am-2:00pm outdoors at the team’s training facility in Westminster CO (registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.)

Registration for the 2006 tryouts officially closed at 5:00pm on Tuesday January 31st. The Colorado Rapids will not accept any further applications for the 2006 tryouts.

The Rapids who signed Colorado natives Josh Elbaum and Stephen Keel as well as Boston native Michael Cardenas to developmental contracts last year after scouting them in the 2005 Open Tryouts will once again be scouting players to join the team. Any players selected from this tryout will travel with the Rapids to one of their preseason trips during the month of February.

"We see this as a great opportunity to give something special back to the soccer players in our community a chance to try out for a professional club while at the same time potentially finding valuable players for our roster said Rapids General Manager Charlie Wright.

The Colorado Rapids Tryouts are open to aspiring male players between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age. The $50 registration fee includes a t-shirt and two tickets for the Rapids’ 2006 Home Opener at Invesco Field.

Coaching staff from the Colorado Rapids –including Head Coach Fernando Clavijo- along with coaching staff from adjacent professional soccer franchises The Colorado Springs Blizzard (PDL) The Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL) and other local soccer clubs will be on hand to scout all participants.

Please note that this tryout is for individuals who have completed their college eligibility. Since this tryout takes place during the NCAA calendar any underclassmen participating in this event could jeopardize their college eligibility per NCAA rules. Therefore the Colorado Rapids will not accept college underclassmen for this event under any circumstances.

On the day of the tryouts players will have to have previously mailed in the Tryout Application Form or filled out the online version of the Tryout Application Form. Participants must also bring with them a completed Waiver Form and present a valid photo identification or birth certificate at the tryout itself.

What: Colorado Rapids 2006 Open Tryouts

When: Saturday Feb. 4 10am-2pm (Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.)
(In case of cancellation due to severe weather the tryouts backup day will be Sunday Feb. 5).

Where: Colorado Rapids Training Center in Westminster CO (10485 Sheridan Boulevard Westminster CO – intersection of Sheridan and 105th).

Why: To identify local and regional talent and give soccer players an opportunity to showcase their skills in a professional environment.

Particpants should show up in full outdoor gear with all required equipment a ball food and water and be ready to play in any weather condition.

Participants coming into Westminster from out of town may wish to stay at one of these 2 hotels (the closest hotel locations to the Rapids Training Center):
Westin Hotel Westminster
Marriott Residence Inn Westminster

Have questions about the tryouts? For more information call the Rapids Open Tryouts Hotline at (720) 931-1980.