Rapids Florida Preseason Journal - Updated 2/22/08

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SUNRISE FL (February 22 2008) - After playing 90 minute games on Wednesday the Rapids returned to the KICS International complex yesterday for their final two-a-day training sessions of the trip.
The morning session was focused on regeneration and featured some two-hand touch football. Jovan Kirovski was the MVP as he led his team to three victories with three touchdown passes. Terry Cooke returned an interception off of Herculez Gomez to win the consolation match.
After the games it was time for a pool session. If the players weren’t wet enough in the water the skies opened up and it poured rain for the final 10 minutes in the morning session.
In the afternoon the team played some possession games before some players worked on set pieces off of free kicks. The other players worked on finishing on two goals on the other half of the field.
Today the team will do a light walk through in the morning before taking on Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. in the Rapids' final preseason match in Florida. The Rapids will return to Denver on Saturday just in time for some of the players to join the festivities at the club's Ticket On-Sale event starting at noon at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
FEBRUARY 20 ENTRY
The Rapids completed their sixth day of two-a-day practices yesterday here at the KICS International facility in Florida.
During the morning session the attacking players were working on combinations and shooting on goal. The defenders worked on passing out of the back and other technical skills.
A thunderstorm cut practice short by a half an hour and the team began their afternoon break late.
When Colorado returned to the training pitch on Tuesday afternoon they finished practice with an 8v8 game going to goal. With three teams rotating the green team won and was given a reprieve on post-practice pushups.
Today the Rapids will face off in split-sided games against the US U-17 National Team. Come back to ColoradoRapids.com to see the results!
FEBRUARY 15 ENTRY
Thursday marked the busiest day yet for the Rapids during their preseason training. Colorado welcomed another goalie Australian Chris Sharpe into camp as they await the return of Bouna Coundoul this weekend.
The Rapids practiced for two hours in the morning. After warm-ups the team did some 1-on-1 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 work going at goal. Following that the attacking players worked on combinations and crosses while the defenders worked on slowing attacks and their shape.
Practice ended with a 20-minute scrimmage. Certain players were held out because of injuries but here were the lineups:
--------------Hughes--------------
Kimura--Keel--Erpen--Burciaga Jr.
Cooke-Ballouchy-C. Gomez-Clark
------Kirovski-----Cummings------
--------------Sharpe-----------------
Prideaux-Zambrano-Harvey-Hilgenbrinck
DiRaimondo-LaBrocca-Graizer-Colaluca
--------Hernandez--------Peterson-------
After the morning session the team had a short break before they went back to the gym for some circuit training. Because of the toughness of the morning practice coupled with the weight training the team went to the beach for their afternoon session.
Staff joined in a game of handball with high stakes: the losers had to take a dip in the cold ocean. The 'shirts' team won both games with Jovan Kirovski Terry Cooke and new head athletic trainer Chris Litt providing the offense and Mike Petke and Pablo Mastroeni holding down the back.
On Friday the team will have a light kick around in the morning before taking on Florida Atlantic University at 4pm MT (6pm ET) on the FAU campus at school's soccer complex. Tickets for Friday's exhibition are $3 and will be available at the gate on game day.
Check back to Coloradorapids.com for a full report from that exhibition match!
FEBRUARY 14 ENTRY
The Rapids had to persevere through another rainy day in Southern Florida on Wednesday but they made the best of both of their training sessions. The team traveled to a nearby park to practice on a field turf surface because the field at the hotel was waterlogged.
The morning session was both interrupted and cut short by two lightning warnings. While half the team was working on fitness the others would play a small-sided game. The two squads switched multiple times before the siren went off and the team returned to the hotel.
The sun came out for the afternoon session which was played on the field turf again.
After playing some small-sided games the team came together for a short 11v11 scrimmage with the only goal coming from Jovan Kirovski.
Wednesday was also Christian Gomez’s first full training session with the team and after working on his fitness during the first session he played in the afternoon scrimmage.
Thursday will bring two more training sessions as the team prepares for their first exhibition of the preseason on Friday night against Florida Atlantic University.