COMMERCE CITY CO (Oct. 20 2008) - The Colorado Rapids announced today that they will unveil the club's 2008 Player of the Year Awards at halftime of their final regular-season home match of the year vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday Oct. 25 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Rapids players who have been selected as award winners in the different categories listed below will be revealed to the public in a special halftime event.
The club's 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.
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The 2008 Colorado Rapids Player Award categories are:
RAPIDS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: This award goes to the Rapids player who has shown the most marked improvement from the end of last year to the present.
RAPIDS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR: This award goes to the Rapids player who has shown the most steadfast and gritty defensive skills on the back line 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 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.
RAPIDS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: This award is given to the Rapids player who has most volunteered his time and efforts outside of the stadium and who has led the way amongst his teammates in making appearances and giving back to our local Colorado community.
U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION RAPIDS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR: This award is presented to the Rapids player who has most championed charitable causes and has inspired and led efforts to make a positive difference in the world.
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.
RAPIDS YOUTH TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: New to the club for 2008 this award is presented to the player in the Rapids Academy who most embodied success on the field and represented the overall ideals and values of the Rapids' development system.
RAPIDS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: The Rapids Most Valuable Player Award goes to the player who has led the team by example who has most represented the club with pride and who has been most indispensable to the Rapids over the course of the season.
Be there at halftime on Saturday October 25th and don't miss your chance to catch the 2008 Colorado Rapids Players of the Year Awards Presentation!