Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (4/1/08) – The Colorado Rapids will train four times at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this week before heading to Kansas City for their first road match of the season on Saturday April 5. The Rapids are coming off a huge season opening home win which saw Colorado hand the Los Angeles Galaxy a 4-0 loss in front of the largest crowd in Dick’s Sporting Good Park history of 18713.

Colorado enter the second week of MLS play as the highest-scoring team in the league. Midfielder Terry Cooke who was named MLS Player of the Week also leads the league in assists following his stellar performance Saturday night in which he registered a goal and two assists.

For the second consecutive year both Colorado and Kansas City won their opening games and will be looking to continue their hot starts. Last year the Rapids and Wizards tied both contests they played sharing a 1-1 result on May 19 at Arrowhead Stadium and a 2-2 draw on July 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
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 by clicking here!

The Rapids-Wizards match-up will be broadcast regionally on Altitude (not Altitude 2 as orignally scheduled) and Metro Sports/TWC-5. Calling the game for Altitude will be Jason Kosmicki (play-by-play). Sean Wheelock will fly solo for Metro Sports/TWC-5.

Check back to ColoradoRapids.com for the full match preview of Saturday's game here soon!

NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids at Kansas City Wizards
Sat. April 5
3:00pm MT
CommunityAmerica Ballpark

LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 4 vs. LA Galaxy 0
Sat. March 29
7:30pm MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Match Recap

LATEST INJURY UPDATES

Here is the injury report for the Rapids vs. Kansas City as reported to the league on Tuesday:
Out: Conor Casey (L knee) Ugo Ihemelu (R hip) Mike Petke (R foot) Justin Hughes (L groin)
Doubtful:None
Questionable: None
Probable: Mehdi Ballouchy (L hamstring) Jovan Kirovski (R hamstring) Nico Colaluca (L groin)

TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING

Today's quote comes from Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul following the Rapids' season opening victory over Los Angeles:

"It’s one of thirty games. It’s a great win that we had especially at home. You always want to start the season off with a strong showing. Beating them 4-0 boosted the team’s energy and now we have to worry about next week again because this one is gone. The past is past. We have to work to get better because before teams did not know much about us but after beating L.A. we opened up the league’s eyes on Colorado as we mean business. We do mean business this year."

WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Time Change For Saturday's Match: The Rapids game this Saturday against the Kansas City Wizards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark has changed times. The game which was originally scheduled for 6:00 pm MT will now be played at 3:00 pm MT. With the Final Four game featuring the University of Kansas tipping off in the evening the Wizards organization is moving their kickoff time up three hours to accommodate sports fans. In addition to the time change the Rapids’ local television broadcast of the match has been moved to Altitude from Altitude 2.
Opening Day Photo Gallery: The Rapids have posted the club's official photo gallery from Opening Day's win over the LA Galaxy. Re-live all the excitement pageantry and celebrations online by clicking here!

Official Viewing Party at Sobo on Saturday: The official Rapids Away-Game Viewing Party for Saturday's match at Kansas City will be held at Sobo 151 located at 151 South Broadway in Denver. Specials for the Rapids game will include $2 Bud Light Drafts $3 Hot Wings $4 180 Drop Shots and a Czech Dinner Special! The viewing party is free and open to fans of all ages to attend so wear your Rapids jersey and come join other fans to watch the game live in a great soccer atmosphere on Saturday!
Fernando Clavijo and Nick LaBrocca on 'From the Pitch' Tonight: Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo and midfielder Nick LaBrocca will be the featured guests on tonight's "From the Pitch" radio show hosted by Rapids Alumni Player Marcelo Balboa. Fans can tune in live tonight starting at 6pm on KRCN 1060am or listen online via the internet by clicking here!
Rapids to Play Galaxy in U.S. Open Cup: The Rapids journey for a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title will begin on Tuesday May 27 when they travel to Los Angeles to meet the Galaxy in an Open Cup Play-In Game at The Home Depot Center. The game will kick-off at 6:30 pm MT. If they win this game the Rapids will then need to win one more Play-In Game against a yet to be determined MLS opponent in order to qualify for the Third Round of the Open Cup. Dating back to 1914 the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and among the oldest in the world. The Rapids reached the U.S. Open Cup Finals in 1999.

Rapids Youth Academy Update: The Rapids Youth Academy teams will train Tuesday through Thursday this week at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in preparation for matches against Crossfire on Saturday. The U16s will play at 1 pm while the U18s will start at 3:30 pm on Field 8 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Share Your Opening Day Experience With Other Fans: ColoradoRapids.com wants to hear from fans who had an unforgettable experience on Opening Night! Send us your stories about your trip to Opening Night and tell us why you had such a great time during the event so we can post them here to share with other fans! Send your entries to ColoradoRapids.com by clicking here and write OPENING DAYin the subject line. Remember to include your hometown and how you would like your name displayed. The Rapids reserve the right to edit submissions for length content and clarity. The best entries will be selected to be posted.

Rapids Fieldside Seats Now Available: The Rapids have announced the return of the fan-favorite fieldside seats! 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 now 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.