Rapids to Unveil 2007 Player Awards at This Saturday's Home Game

COMMERCE CITY CO (Oct. 8 2007) - The Colorado Rapids announced today that they will unveil the club's 2007 Player of the Year Awards at halftime of their final regular-season home match of the year vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday Oct. 20 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

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 2007 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.

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

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 this season.

RAPIDS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: This award goes to the Rapids player who shows the most steadfast and gritty defensive skills over the course of the year.
RAPIDS COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: This award goes to the Rapids player who has overcome setback or injury to rebound and make himself a better player over the course of the last year.
RAPIDS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: This award is presented to the Rapids player who has had prior professional experience but has made the biggest impact to the team in his first year with the club.

U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAPIDS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR: 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.

BUDWEISER RAPIDS GOLDEN BOOT: 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: 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 October 20th and don't miss your chance to catch the 2007 Colorado Rapids Players of the Year Awards Presentation!