Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (4/15/08) – The Colorado Rapids will train five times at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this week in preparation for their first home match in three weeks. The Rapids host MLS’s newest expansion team the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday April 19 at 7:30 pm MT.
Colorado currently sit atop the Western Conference with a 2-1 record after defeating the New England Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night.
The Rapids enter the fourth week of MLS play tied with Chivas USA for the highest scoring team in the league with seven goals (scored from seven different players).
Midfielder Terry Cooke is tied for the league lead in assists with two while Bouna Coundoul ranks second among MLS goalkeepers with a 1.00 goals-against-average.

The Rapids vs. Earthquakes match will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. Calling the game will be Max Bretos (play-by-play) and Christopher Sullivan (analyst).
Visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports for this week's match by clicking here!

For the full match preview of Saturday's game click here!
NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Sat. April 19
7:30pm MT
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 1 at New England Revolution 0
Sat. April 12
5:30pm MT
Gillette Stadium
Match Recap
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
The injury news from Rapids training sessions is starting to improve. Defender Mike Petke was the only player not participating in practice in some form today.
Pablo Mastroeni and Christian Gomez who are both recovering from quad injuries have shown improvement and both are now listed as probable for Saturday's game.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING

Today's quote comes from midfielder Terry Cooke on the Rapids' early form.
"Very good not just talking about results wise but the way we have started and played it’s the best start to the season since I have been here. The way we approach games attitude wise and we have all worked hard for the full 90 minutes and it’s shown on the pitch. So I am very pleased at the way we have started.

"There have been games in the past when we have started well and finished poorly and lost the game in the last twenty odd minutes or so and games where we have started poorly and found ourselves trying to get a result out of a game that’s over.
"For us now though the work ethic work rate has been there since the start from the first whistle to the final whistle and that’s been the difference. "

WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Vote for LaBrocca: Rapids fans make sure to vote for Nick LaBrocca’s game-winning header against New England for the best goal in MLS this week. Click here to cast your vote. The weekly winner will vie for the honor of Sierra Mist Goal of the Year.

Go One-on-One with Colin Clark: Don’t miss Altitude Sports & Entertainment's exclusive interview with Rapids midfielder Colin Clark. This 30 minute special hosted by Altitude's Peter Ruttgaizer gives fans an in-depth look at the Fort Collins native.

Upcoming air schedule of Altitude’s One-on-One with Colin Clark:
Tuesday April 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday April 17 at 12:30 a.m.
Friday April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday April 20 at 10:00 p.m.
Monday April 21 at 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday April 22 at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday April 23 at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 26 at 1:30 a.m.
Rapids Youth Academy Update: The Rapids Academy youth teams will train Tuesday through Thursday this week before heading out to San Diego this weekend. In California the Rapids U18s and U16s will face the Nomads on Saturday and the Surf on Sunday.

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.

Rapids Fieldside Seats Still Available: Sit down on the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for all Rapids home games and see your favorite players up close from inches away. Fieldside seats are now available for the public to purchase for the first time in 2008. Not only do you get to sit down on the actual field level at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the entire match but you also get pre-game hospitality area offering food & drinks and fieldside seat holders also get first right of refusal to purchase seats for DSG Park concerts & special events. Get in the spotlight! Order your fieldside seats now and don't just be a spectator....be a part of the action! Details

Introducing the Kickback Program: The Rapids have introduced a brand new rewards program for their most loyal fans! It's the Rapids Kickback Card which fans can use at the stadium to bypass concession lines get express entry thru gates discounts at the team store and prizes from the Rapids. Get your Kickback Card today! Details
View The E-Brochure Win Fabulous Prizes: It's the Rapids' 13th MLS season…get an exclusive inside video look at the club for this year with the team's e-brochure. You can also enter to win a trip to a Rapids 2008 road game or win any of 100 pairs of tickets to a 2008 home game when you forward it to friends! View it NOW!

2008 Single Game Tickets on Sale: Rapids single game tickets are available for purchase for any home game via phone by calling 1-866-461-6556 at the kiosks located inside every Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods store location or online at TicketHorse.com. Single game tickets start at just $12. The Rapids' 2008 single game schedule also welcomes the return of two fan-favorite ticket packages: the Rapids' Family Night packs and the Rapids Kids Night packs. Rapids Family Night and Rapids Kids Night packages can be purchased online by clicking here.

2008 Season Tickets on Sale: The Colorado Rapids are currently taking reservations for season tickets for the 2008 Rapids season at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Fans can reserve their seats now and can pick from 3 options of either 18-game 9-game or 5-game packages. For more information to put down a deposit and to pick their seat location fans can click here.