Rapids Preseason Update For Week of March 20 2006

BILBAO Spain (ColoradoRapids.com) -

Rapids Preseason Weekly Notes (For week of March 20 2006)

UPCOMING GAMES:

Tuesday March 21: Rapids @ Sestao (Spain) @ 8:00 p.m. (local time)

Wednesday March 22: Rapids @ Eibar (Spain) 5:30 p.m. (local time)

RECENT GAMES:

Thursday March 16 2006: Rapids (1) vs. Zondica (0)

Wednesday March 15 2006: Rapids (0) vs. Athletic Bilbao (1)

RAPIDS INJURY REPORT:

Out: NONE

Doubtful: NONE

Questionable: NONE

Probable: NONE

Colorado Rapids Practice Schedule
for Week of March 20 2006 (All times local)

Monday March 20 - 10:30am -Practice at Lezama Training Facility (Spain)

Tuesday March 21- 8:00pm -GAME vs. Sestao at Sestao Stadium (Spain)

Wednesday March 22- 5:30pm -GAME vs. Eibar at Vergara (Spain)

Thursday March 23- 10:30am -Practice at Lezama Training Facility (Spain)

Friday March 24- ***TRAVEL DAY TO DENVER***

MISCELLANEOUS RAPIDS NOTES:

TALKING FUTBOL
The Colorado Rapids coaching staff was invited by the Athletic Bilbao youth development department to make a presentation explaining the structure of both professional and amateur soccer in the United States. Head Coach Fernando Clavijo along with Assistant Coaches John Murphy and Steve Trittschuh spoke in front of a panel of more then 25 Spanish coaches who listened to the explanation and asked questions in a session that extended well over two hours. The amazement of the Basque coaches was evident as they discovered how the structure of soccer in the U.S. is so different than in Spain or the rest of the world. Some of the topics that created conversation were the single-entity structure of MLS the youth development gap between professionals and private clubs and the opportunities that the Rapids Academy will create for the professional development of players.

ANOTHER SCRIMMAGE FOR THE RAPIDS
The Colorado Rapids defeated Spanish fourth-division Zondica Club 1-0 on Thursday afternoon in a scrimmage played in Zondica a small town 2 kilometers from the Athletic Bilbao training facility. The game-winning goal was scored by Luchi Gonzalez in the 37th minute when he was left alone in a one-on-one situation against the goalkeeper. Gonzalez pushed the ball to one side of the goalie while he avoided the foul by going around the other side. He then pushed the ball into the open net to give the American side the win. The Rapids utilized most of their young players in this match; the lineup was: Coundoul Freeman Keel Woytech Harvey (Crawford 45’) Gargan Noel (Gotsmanov 45’) Wasson Clark (King 45’) Gonzalez (Hernandez 45’) Peterson (Glen 45’)

A VISIT TO SAN SEBASTIAN
The Rapids were treated to a special outing on Saturday night when the club organized a visit to the city of San Sebastian which included tickets to the Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad match. The sold-out crowd at Anoeta Stadium began celebrating the occasion hours before the match even started in the small and crowded streets of the costal city. San Sebastian was at one point the vacation grounds of European royalty and it’s still a popular tourist hub in Basque country. The game finished 2-0 in favor of Barcelona with goals from Heinrich Larsson and Samuel Eto’o.

MASTROENI TO THE NATS
Rapids team captain Pablo Mastroeni joined the United States National Team on Sunday March 19 in preparation for their game against Germany which will be played this Wednesday in the city of Dortmund. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 at 12:25pm MT. Mastroeni will fly back directly from this match to Denver and will miss the final two friendly matches for Colorado in Spain.

RAPIDS KICKOFF LUNCHEON APRIL 4
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

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 (0) vs. Athletic Bilbao (1) at Llodio Spain

Thursday March 16: Rapids (1) vs. vs. Zondica (0) at Zondica Spain

Tuesday March 21: Rapids @ Sestao (Spain) 8:00 p.m. local time

Wednesday March 22: Rapids @ Eibar (Spain) 5:30 p.m. local time