Rapids Bring Three Open Tryout Participants To Alabama

Exclusive to ColoradoRapids.com - (Updated 3/9/05) -After competing against more then 170 other players Sunday at the Rapids' first open tryouts since the team’s inception three talented players have traveled today with the team to Birmingham Alabama in hopes of signing a developmental contract with the team.

The Rapids currently have three of their 10 developmental spots on the team open.

Below is information on the three players who made it through the Rapids' Open Tryouts and have earned a trip to Alabama:

Boubacar Doumbouya
-Forward-
HT: 6’3"
WT: 160
D.O.B: 02-24-85 in Baugouni Mali

Joshua Elbaum
-Midfielder-
HT: 5’9"
WT: 165
D.O.B.: 08-19-81 in Denver CO

Michael Cardenas
–Goalkeeper-
HT: 6'1"
WT: 180
D.O.B.: 03-15-81 in Boston MA

RAPIDS Training Schedule for Week of March 08 2005

Tuesday March 8 ***Travel day to Birmingham Alabama***
-5:00 p.m. Training at Riverchase Soccer Complex.

Wednesday March 9 -5:00 p.m. Training in Birmingham at Hoover High School

Thursday March 10 -5:00 p.m. Training in Birmingham at Soccer Blast Complex

Friday March 11 -10:00 a.m. Training in Birmingham at Soccer Blast Complex
- 7:30 p.m. GAME Rapids Reserves vs. UAB at UAB Soccer Complex

Saturday March 12- 6:30 p.m.(MT) GAME vs. Chicago Fire at Hoover HS Stadium

Sunday March 13 -10:00 a.m. Training in Birmingham
***Travel Day to Denver***

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS TEAM NOTES:

ANOTHER PEGUERO?: Fabrice Noel a 19-year old Haitian forward arrived in the Rapids' spring training camp on Monday March 7 after completing his participation in the Copa Latina tournament in Florida. In the past two seasons at Florida's Palm Beach Lakes High School Noel has been the best offensive player in the state. He led the Rams with 58 goals as a senior after producing 35 goals and 20 assists last season and has already gathered extensive international experience playing for the Haitian National Team on their Under-20 Under-17 and Under-15 sides.

FITNESS RESULTS: After a two-day testing period performed by Jose Luis Dávila (the specialist in soccer fitness evaluation that the Rapids brought in from Uruguay last week to evaluate the team) the Black and Blue's fitness training sessions led by Fitness Coach Jose Carlos De León will look slightly different from the ones held before the evaluation period. The Rapids players will from now on be divided into three different groups that will be focusing on specific areas that they need to improve upon. Davila’s analyses have already given De Leon a better idea of the specific areas that he needs to continue working on with the players as part of his fitness plan.

A CUP FOR THE AGES: The newest sports rivalry in Major League Soccer and the Rocky Mountain region finally has a name the "Rocky Mountain Cup