Rapids Set to Host NY Red Bulls Tonight!

COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) – Your Colorado Rapids are preparing to face off against the New York Red Bulls for the second and final time of the 2009 regular season this Saturday night.

Kickoff for this Saturday is set for 7:30pm MT at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Saturday's game will also feature the Rapids and Commerce City 4thFest rescheduled fireworks show following the game as well as live music and other entertainment throughout the night!
The free fireworks extravaganza the largest show in the state was rescheduled due to technical difficulties on July 4. Fans who attended the Rapids' game on July 4 had the chance to exchange their ticket stubs from that match for a free ticket to this Saturday's game by the deadline of last Friday. Details
This will be the first match of the three-game home stand for the Rapids with up-coming matches versus Columbus on Aug. 1 and Chivas USA on Aug. 8.
The side from the Big Apple come to Colorado for the first time in 2009 holding down the bottom spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 2-14-4 for 10 points.

Your Rapids currently occupy the #5 spot in the West with a record of 6-5-6 for 24 points.

This will be the second match between these two clubs this season as Colorado have the opportunity to sweep the season series with the Red Bulls for a second consecutive year. In their last match Colorado emerged victorious in a 3-2 shootout on May 30 earlier this season in Colorado's last-ever game played at Giants Stadium. Read the match recap from that game by clicking here.

The Rapids and Red Bulls will be meeting on Saturday for the 31st time in history with Colorado holding a 14-13-3 all-time record against New York in 14 years of competition.
In Colorado the Rapids are 7-6-2 against the Red Bulls and are 1-1-0 versus New York at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The Rapids look to build upon their impressive 4-1-3 home record as well as keep New York winless (0-10-1) in road contests this season. Colorado hope to get back on track as well having fallen in defeat three of their last four matches. The Red Bulls are currently riding an 11-game winless streak having loss nine of their last 10 games.
Colorado will be without the services of leading scorer Conor Casey this weekend after he picked up his fifth yellow card in the 84th minute last Saturday against D.C. United.
Casey is 3rd in MLS in goals with eight one ahead of NY’s leading scorer Juan Pablo Angel.
Casey’s absence is also a blow to the Rapids as he has tallied five goals in his last two games against the Red Bulls. Colorado as a team has outscored New York 12 to 6 in their last three match-ups.
This Saturday night's game will be broadcast in Colorado on Altitude. Calling the game for Altitude will be Mike Hayes (play-by-play) Marcelo Balboa (color) and Peter Ruttgaizer (sidelines).

Tickets are still available for this game; if you haven't already purchased your tickets to the match now's the time to act! Fans can buy tickets online at the TicketHorse official website by clicking here.

For the full match preview of this game visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports by clicking here!

GAME PROMOTIONS FOR SATURDAY'S HOME MATCH:

-Postgame Fireworks:
This Saturday's game will also feature the Rapids and Commerce City 4thFest rescheduled fireworks show following the game as well as live music and other entertainment throughout the night! The free fireworks extravaganza the largest show in the state was rescheduled due to technical difficulties on July 4. Fans who attended the Rapids' game on July 4 had the chance to exchange their ticket stubs from that match for a free ticket to this Saturday's game by the deadline of last Friday. Details
-2-Part Concert Inside the Stadium: The Rapids have a special live performance lined up on Saturday as part of the club's postgame entertainment! Scheduled to perform live in concert on a specially-constructed stage on the north end of the field are one of Colorado's favorite local hometown bands "Brethren Fast"! Who are Brethren Fast? Take the legendary influential styles of Johnny Cash Elvis George Clinton & P-Funk The Red Hot Chili Peppers & Junior Brown...throw in some gear jammin' tire burnin' bootie shakin' wheelie poppin' fun & you know what you've got? The electrified 'hillbilly funk' of Brethren Fast! They will perform both after the game to take us into the fireworks show as well as perform the second half of their concert after the fireworks! Why fight traffic? Let the Rapids and Brethren Fast entertain you after the fireworks! Kick back on the field or in the Cantina and groove to Brethren Fast in this special 2-part concert on Saturday!
-Rapids 3v3 Live Soccer Tournament: This event will be a special 3v3 soccer tournament where each registered team will receive entry into the tournament t-shirts for their team 4 guaranteed games and 5 tickets to the Rapids' match vs. the New York Red Bulls at 7:30pm that evening! All participants will receive recognition at the Rapids match! Details
-Live Traffic Updates on Twitter: The Rapids will be providing live traffic updates this Saturday on the Rapids' official Twitter page! With a full building projected for Saturday as well as thousands of fans expected to watch the post-game fireworks on the fields complex the Rapids will be constantly updating fans with the best access routes parking lot status and expected drive times on Saturday! Follow the Rapids on Twitter by clicking here!
-Optimal Driving Routes: Want to minimize your drive time to and from the stadium and avoid traffic? Check out this printable map of the best and most efficient routes and roads to take when entering and exiting the stadium on Saturday by clicking here!
-Rapids Team Posters: The Rapids Academy will be offering fans the chance to obtain the 2009 version of the Colorado Rapids official team poster at this game! The poster is free with a donation of $5.00 or more to the Rapids Academy. Rapids Team Posters are ideal for collecting signatures of all the players on the roster! Look for members of the Rapids youth teams positioned around the concourse to get your official Rapids Team Poster at the game!
-Rapids Foundation Silent Auction: Visit the Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation's silent auction during the game on Saturday at the table atop section 129! The Foundation is offering fans the opportunity to bid on several unique and collectible items including memorabilia from the Rapids Arsenal FC and several local hotels restaurants golf courses and other attractions! The silent auction will begin at 6:00pm and close at the 55th minute of the match. Proceeds will benefit the Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation. Don’t miss your opportunity to take home one of these special items and support the Rapids Foundation!