Rapids Unveil 2010 Preseason Travel Schedule

COMMERCE CITY Colo. (Thursday February 4 2010) – The Colorado Rapids have announced their full itinerary for the club’s 2010 preseason training schedule which includes trips to Phoenix Arizona and London England.
The club's players reported to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on January 25 and will continue the first stage of their Spring training at the complex through February 21.
After four weeks of training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the team will get their first taste of training outside of Colorado when they travel to the Casa Grande Performance Institute just south of Phoenix from February 21-27.
The club’s Arizona excursion will be highlighted by several exhibition matches against other Major League Soccer clubs. The details of those matches will be announced at a later date.
The Rapids will then conduct one week of practice sessions at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park upon returning from Arizona before heading back on the road for another eight days.
For the third time in the last four years the Rapids’ preseason plans will include a trip over 4600 miles away to London England. The team will be hosted by their partner club and perennial English Premier League contender Arsenal FC. The partnership between the Rapids and Arsenal which was formed in 2007 allows the Rapids to practice at Arsenal’s facilities.
The team’s England trip will be from March 7-14 and will also include several matches against English opponents whom will be announced at a later time.
(Want to see some photos from the Rapids' last trip to London when they faced off in a match vs. Arsenal? Visit the Rapids' TwitPic page).
The trip to England will be followed by four days of training back at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after which the team will host fellow Western Conference side Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer’s first-ever Charity Shield match on Friday March 19 at 7 p.m. MT. Proceeds from this match will be donated to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) to aid relief efforts in Haiti.
Colorado conclude their preseason training with a solid week of work before they kick off the 2010 regular season on Friday March 26 as they travel to face Chivas USA at The Home Deport Center at 8:30 p.m. MT.
COLORADO RAPIDS 2010 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
January 25 – February 20
Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
February 21 – 27
Training at Casa Grande Performance Institute in Arizona
February 28 – March 6
Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
March 7 – March 14
Training at Arsenal Training Centre in England
March 15 – 18
Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
March 19
CHARITY SHIELD MATCH:
Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
7:00 p.m. MT
March 20 – 25
Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
March 26
SEASON OPENER:
Rapids at Chivas USA
The Home Depot Center
8:30 p.m. MT
April 3
HOME OPENER:
Rapids vs. Chicago Fire
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
2:00 p.m. MT