Rapids to Unveil 2006 Individual Player Awards at Halftime of Saturday's Playoff Game

ColoradoRapids.com - The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club will unveil the 2006 Rapids Player of the Year Awards at halftime of this Saturday's Western Conference Semifinal playoff game vs. FC Dallas.

The Rapids players who have been selected as award winners in 9 different categories will be revealed to the public in a special halftime event.

The award winners are selected based on players' performances over the course of the entire season and are voted on by members of the local Colorado media.

The 2006 Colorado Rapids Player Award categories are:

RAPIDS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD: This award goes to the player who has made the biggest impact to the team in his rookie season.

RAPIDS LEADERSHIP AWARD: This award goes to the Rapids player each year who most exemplifies the true spirit of the Colorado Rapids and who leads by example game in and game out.

RAPIDS RESERVE TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: In its second year this award goes to the most invaluable player who proved themselves the most with the Rapids Reserve team this season.

RAPIDS PLAYMAKER OF THE YEAR: This award goes to the Rapids player who has been most instumental in developing the Rapids attack all year and creating scoring opportunities for the team.

RAPIDS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: This award goes to the Rapids player who has shown the most marked improvement from last year over the course of the season.

RAPIDS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR AWARD: This award goes to the Rapids player who shows the most steadfast and gritty defensive skills over the course of the year.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAPIDS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: This award is given to a Rapids player not for his success on the field – but for giving of his time and talent off the field. This year’s winner has earned this prestigious award for his service to our local Colorado community.

2006 BUDWEISER RAPIDS GOLDEN BOOT AWARD:The Budweiser Rapids Golden Boot Award goes to the player who over the course of the regular season has scored the most goals for the Colorado Rapids.

HONDA RAPIDS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD:The Honda Rapids Most Valuable Player Award goes to the player who most exemplifies reliability dependability and exceptional performance and who has been most indispensable to the Rapids over the course of the season.

Be there at halftime on Saturday and don't miss your chance to catch the 2006 Colorado Rapids Players of the Year Awards Presentation!