Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (3/26/08) -

NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
Sat. March 29
7:30pm MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
LAST MATCH
Preseason:
Colorado Rapids 1 Chicago Fire 0
March 22
M&F Bank Stadium
Ridgeland Mississippi
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Injury report for the Rapids' season opener vs. Los Angeles as reported to the league on Tuesday:

OUT: Conor Casey (L knee) Ugo Ihemelu (R hip) Mike Petke (R foot)
DOUBTFUL: Mehdi Ballouchy (L hamstring) Jovan Kirovski (R hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE: Rafael Gomes (L Hamstring); Colin Clark (L hamstring); Nico Colaluca (L groin)

PROBABLE: Omar Cummings (R ankle)
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quote comes from Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo speaking after Tuesday's training session about what fans can hope to see at Saturday's Home Opener vs. the LA Galaxy:
"I think they will see three points for the Rapids a very attractive game a very energetic game.....I am excited I think the guys are ready everyone's trying to get healthy and get ready to be in the lineup. We have control of our own destiny in 2008 and that's what we are focuing on right now getting three points to start the season."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES

Rapids Season Preview Show Debuts Thursday: Can't wait till the game on Saturday! Satisfy your Rapids fix with the 2008 Colorado Rapids Season Preview show debuting Thursday at 9:30 pm on Altitude. Take an exclusive first-look at new midfielder Christian Gomez and examine how his style of play and credentials will add depth to the Rapids roster. Also catch an in-depth interviews with Head Coach Fernando Clavijo and Managing Director Jeff Plush.

Upcoming air schedule of the 2008 Colorado Rapids Season Preview:
Thursday March 27 at 9:30 pm
Saturday March 29 at 12:30 and 5:00 pm
Monday March 31 at 6:00 pm
Tuesday April 1 at 10:00 pm
Wednesday April 2 at 6:30 pm
Friday April 4 at 1:30 pm
Home Opener Selling Fast: The Rapids have released a limited number of standing room-only tickets for their 2008 season opener versus the Los Angeles Galaxy. Priced at $15 per ticket these standing room-only tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday March 26 at 12 p.m. MT and are a final opportunity for fans to secure their place for the Rapids’ season opener this Saturday. Fans interested in purchasing standing room-only tickets may do so at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park Box Office or via phone by calling 303-825-GOAL (4625).
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!
Rapids Youth Academy Update:
The Colorado Rapids Academy will once again be kicking off their highly successful camp program on March 31 with the Summit Select Camp. The Academy offers programs for players 5-18 and several specialized camps. Please see the camp brochure at www.coloradorapids.com/FanCenter/SoccerAcademy.aspx for a complete list of offerings in 2008.
In other news Rapids U18 Academy player Omar Haner was called up by Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo for the team’s Burgundy & Blue intra-squad scrimmage last Wednesday. Haner was called into action for Jovan Kirovski late in the second half.
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.