Rapids Preseason Update for Week of March 13 2006

BILBAO Spain (ColoradoRapids.com) -

Rapids Preseason Weekly Notes (For week of March 13 2006)

NEXT GAME:

Wednesday March 15 2006:Rapids @ Athletic Bilbao (Spain) @ 7:30 p.m. (local time)

RECENT RESULTS:

Friday March 10 2006:Rapids (1) vs. US Under-20 National Team (0) at Ft. Lauderdale FL

Saturday March 11 2006:Rapids (2) vs. OKAP (0) at Florida International University

RAPIDS INJURY REPORT:

Out: NONE

Doubtful: NONE

Questionable: NONE

Probable: NONE

Colorado Rapids Practice Schedule
for Week of March 13 2006 (All times local)

Monday March 13 2006:***TRAVEL DAY TO BILBAO SPAIN***

Tuesday March 14 2006:10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.- Training in Bilbao Spain

Wednesday March 15 2006:7:30 p.m.- Match against Athletic Bilbao Spain

Thursday March 16 2006:10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.- Training in Bilbao Spain

Friday March 17 2006:10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.- Training in Bilbao Spain

Saturday March 11 2006:10:30 a.m.- Training in Bilbao Spain

Sunday March 12 2006:No Training or Games Scheduled

MISCELLANEOUS RAPIDS NOTES:

RAPIDS' OPPONENTS IN SPAIN REVEALED
The Colorado Rapids will be playing three games during their 12 day stay in the city of Bilbao Spain. Fernando Clavijo’s side will be taking on Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday March 15 at 7:30pm local time. The team will then take on Spanish third division leaders Sesao on Tuesday March 21st at 7:30pm. Fernando Clavijo’s team will close their Spain leg of the 2006 preseason by playing Eibar of the Spanish Second Division on Wednesday March 22 at 7:30pm.

RAPIDS ANNOUNCE ANNUAL KICKOFF LUNCHEON
The Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation has announced the date for the charity's 7th Annual Kickoff Luncheon which will take place from noon-1:30pm at the Ridgeline Restaurant in the Pepsi Center on Tuesday April 4. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rapids Foundation which supports underserved youth by providing assistance for educational and recreational programs and field-building initiatives in our local Colorado community. The Kickoff Luncheon gives fans and clients their first chance to meet the new Colorado Rapids players on the roster (organizations that buy a table get to have a Rapids player sit with them throughout the event!) and hear from Head Coach Fernando Clavijo himself as he shares the team's goals for the season. For details and to reserve a spot fans can visit ColoradoRapids.com

TAKING ON THE OLD CONTINENT
The Colorado Rapids are now in the city of Bilbao Spain for their final preseason trip of the year. During the team’s 12 day stay in the Basque country the Rapids are being hosted by first division team Athletic Club Bilbao which has made all their facilities available to the Rapids. This trip was set up with the assistance of Miami based travel agency EUStudy tours under the close supervision of Mr. Miguel Salazar who has also arranged various official receptions for the team hosted by Bilbao government officials.

PABLO GETS NATIONAL TEAM TIME
Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni played 25 minutes with the United States national team in their game against Poland played in Kaiserslautern Germany. The United States defeated Poland 1-0 with a goal by Revolution striker Clint Dempsey.

RAPIDS WRAP UP FLORIDA TRIP 2-0-0
The Rapids made a quick stop in Miami on the way to Spain and left with a 2-0 record after a couple of exhibition games. On March 10 the Rapids defeated the U.S. Under-20 National Team 1-0 behind a goal from Rapids guest player Nicolas Hernandez. The next day Colorado took on OKAP the Madame Gougousse Haitian Cup tournament winners. In that night game the Rapids got goals from Fabrice Noel and Cornell Glen to come away with a 2-0 victory.

RAPIDS UPDATED PRESEASON GAME SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Saturday February 18:Rapids (8) vs. Pachuca Under-19 (Mexico) (0) at Universidad del Futbol Practice Fields Pachuca MEX

Wednesday February 22:Rapids (0) vs. Pachuca (Mexico) (2) at Hidalgo Stadium Pachuca MEX

Saturday February 25:
Rapids (5) vs. Universidad Autónoma de Hidalgo (Mexico) (1) at Hidalgo Stadium Pachuca MEX
Rapids (9) vs. CSU Pueblo (0) at Dutch Clark Stadium Pueblo CO

Friday March 10:Rapids (1) vs. US Under-20 National Team (2) @ Sunrise Hilton FL

Saturday March 11:Rapids (2) vs. OKAP (Haiti) (0) at North Miami Stadium FIU north campus FL

Wednesday March 15:Rapids @ Athletic Bilbao (Spain) 7:30 p.m. local time

Tuesday March 21:Rapids @ Sestao (Spain) 7:30 p.m. local time

Wednesday March 22:Rapids @ Eibar (Spain) 7:30 p.m. local time