Rapids' 2007 Open Tryouts SOLD OUT! Details for Pre-registered Participants Only

DENVER (Colorado Rapids Media Relations)- The Colorado Rapids have announced that the club's 2007 Open Tryouts have been officially sold out more than 2 weeks ahead of the tryout date.

No further registrations will be accepted for this year's only open tryout for the club and walkup registrations will NOT be acccepted on the day of the event.

The date for the club’s 2007 Open Tryouts is Saturday February 10 from 11:30am-3:30pm outdoors at the team’s training facility in Westminster Colorado.

The Rapids had invited any interested players from Colorado and around the world for the opportunity to be scouted by the Rapids to potentially join the team for the third season in a row. Any players selected from this tryout will immediately gear up to travel with the Rapids to one of their preseason trips during the month of February.

Colorado native Stephen Keel was one of the success stories from the Rapids Open Tryouts as he was spotted and subsequently signed from the 2005 Open Tryouts and helped the Rapids Reserve squad win the MLS Reserve Division Championship this past season.

The Colorado Rapids Tryouts were 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’ 2007 home opener at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Coaching staff from the Colorado Rapids –including Head Coach Fernando Clavijo- along with coaching staff from adjacent professional soccer franchises such as 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.

Early check-in will take place at the Colorado Rapids office at the Westminster Training Center on Friday February 9 from 5:00-7:00pm. The Rapids encourage all participants to check-in at this time and receive your tryout number t-shirt and sign a waiver (if not submitted prior to the tryout). If participants are unable to check-in at this time then they must check-in at 10:30am on Saturday morning February 10.

On the day of the tryouts players will have to have previously mailed in their 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.

Medical insurance is reccommended but not necessary for tryout participants. Prospective participants understand that the Colorado Rapids Kroenke Sports Enterprises and/or the Westminster Soccer Complex are NOT responsible for any medical costs associated with a participant’s injury that may occur during the tryout. Prospective participants agree to be responsible for any and all such costs resulting any personal injuries that may occur.

COLORADO RAPIDS 2007 OPEN TRYOUTS DETAILS:

What: The Colorado Rapids 2007 open tryouts give prospective players from around the world their once-a-year chance to be scouted by the Rapids coaches and potentially be acquired by the team.

When: Saturday Feb. 10 11:30am-3:30pm (Early registration is Friday Feb. 9 from 5-7pm day-of event registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sat. Feb. 10). In case of cancellation due to severe weather the tryouts backup day will be the next day Sunday Feb. 11.

Where: At the outdoor soccer fields at Westminster City Park (10485 Sheridan Boulevard Westminster CO – intersection of Sheridan and 105th).

Why: To identify local and international talent and give soccer players an opportunity to showcase their skills in a professional environment in hopes of making the squad.

Registered participants should show up in full outdoor gear with all required equipment cleats 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 Open Tryouts location):
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.