Rapids to Face Valencia CF at the Mestalla Stadium Tomorrow!

DENVER Colorado (March 19 2007)- The Colorado Rapids' preseason trip to Spain will conclude with an international friendly game against Valencia Club de Fútbol that will be played on Tuesday March 20 at the historic Mestalla Stadium in Valencia Spain.

The Rapids' preseason trip which was made possible by the efforts of the Rapids’ second year partners EUstudy Tours and its president Mr. Miguel Salazar along with the invitation from Valencia Club de Fútbol is the Coloradoteam’s second consecutive visit to Spanish territory in two years.

The Rapids arrived in Valencia on March 14 after a five-day stay in London where theytrained at Arsenal’s training complex. During their time in Spain the teamhas beentraining at the Valencia CF training grounds in the suburb of Paterna and haveplayed two friendly matches before facing the host side.

"We are very excited about the possibility of playing in a gated game against such an important club as Valencia in their historic stadium said Colorado Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush.
"As we continue with the globalization of our sport and our team the development of dialogue with clubs around the world becomes of the highest importance. The reality of our sport is that without this type of communication we would be isolating ourselves from the true global nature that is unique to soccer."

Senior management representatives from Valencia will also visit the Rapids’ new home Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as well as other stadiums in the United States in the next couple of weeks to gather ideas for their own new stadium.Valencia's "New Mestalla" stadium is in the planning stages and is set to replace the historic Mestalla in the next couple of years.

"It is a true honor to be able to play against Valencia in a friendly game at the Mestalla said Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo. "It is an important game that will serve as a final tune-up before kicking off the 2007 season. It will also give us an opportunity to show again the quality of MLS soccer against a world class team."

Led by Head Coach Quique Sanchez Flores Valencia CF features players such as Spanish national team goalkeeper Cañizares Argentine star Roberto Ayala Spanish youth sensation David Silva as well as two of the top five scorers in current Spanish league tournament Spanish strikers David Villa and Fernando Morientes.

Colorado Rapids Spain Preseason Schedule-
March 14- Team arrived in Valencia
March 20- Rapids vs. Valencia CF at Mestalla
March 22- Team returns to Denver Colorado USA
About EUstudy Tours
EUstudy Tours is a company located in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country Spain) and Miami (Florida USA) that offers the expertise gathered through 20 years of experience in the field of sport and students exchange between institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

http://www.valenciacf.es/