Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (4/29/08) – The Colorado Rapids will train five times at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this week in preparation for their first Sunday match of the season. The players had Monday off and returned to the pitch this morning under beautiful weather.
Tuesday’s session began much like it did last week at this time with the players being put through various fitness stations. Much of the remainder of training was spent with the coaches working on specific tactics to sharpen the players' skills for this weekend’s match.

For the second week in a row Colorado will be holding a Wednesday scrimmage against a collegiate opponent. This week the University of New Mexico will travel north to face the Rapids. The Lobos are 4-0-1 in spring action this season.

For the full match preview of Sunday's game featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports as well as a look at all the promotions surrounding the match click here!

NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids vs. DC United
Sun. May 4
1:00pm MT
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 1 at Chicago Fire 2
Sat. April 26
6:30pm MT
Toyota Park
Video highlights

LATEST INJURY UPDATES

All but two players participated in training on Tuesday.
John DiRaimondo (high ankle sprain) and Justin Hughes (groin) sat out but worked just as hard as their teammates (if not harder) on their fitness and rehab. Both are looking better in their progress and look to return to the pitch soon.
Conor Casey participated fully in Tuesday’s session as did Ugo Ihemelu who saw game action in the scrimmage against the University of Denver last week.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING

Today's quote comes from head coach Fernando Clavijo looking ahead to this Sunday’s match against DC United:
"I think we need to win at home and get a result. It is important for us to have a good home record and establish our pace to the game when we are playing here in Colorado.
"DC United are a very good team with Gallardo and others. We need to make our jobs easier and finish the opportunities we have. We played very well our first three games and we need to get back to that aggression and pace."

WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids Youth Teams Update: The Rapids Youth Academy teams will train on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday this week at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. On Wednesday both the Rapids U16s and U18s will host FC Portland at 6:00 pm on field 9 and 7 respectively. All Rapids youth team matches are free and open to the public to attend.
Rapids' New Facebook Page: Your Colorado Rapids have a brand-new updated home on Facebook.com! Check out the Rapids' brand new page on Facebook featuring music videos interviews notices news discussions photos and more! Now you have a new friend in cyberspace! Visit the Rapids' Facebook page by clicking here.
Stay Sharp with Sharpe: Keep up with all the latest Rapids news from an inside perspective as Rapids back-up goalkeeper Chris Sharpe gives fans a look from the player’s side in his regular column on www.tribalfootball.com. Sharpe who is with the Rapids as an MLS pool goalkeeper due to the injury to Justin Hughes has been training with the team since the preseason. Follow Chris’s journey as he looks to become the first Australian to ever play in MLS.
Help the Rapids Make a Difference: The Colorado Rapids the US Soccer Foundation Passback program and Soccer Dreams Without Borders will be collecting slightly used soccer gear during the Rapids' three home games in May (May 4 15 and 24) outside gates B and G an hour and a half prior to kickoff.Every family donating will receive a buy-one get-one-free ticket voucher to the Rapids vs. Columbus Crew game on Sunday July 27. All equipment collected will be sent to Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul’s home country of Senegal as well as to South America and Mexico.

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