COMMERCE CITY CO (2/5/08) -Many times the thoughts of training camp for Colorado sports teams brings to mind images of sweltering heat as the Broncos run through drills at Dove Valley or the warmth of the Arizona sunshine as the Rockies break out their bats but for the last two weeks of Rapids preseason training the images have been much different.
While the intensity of each practice is the same the Rapids have had to deal with everything from high winds to bitter temperatures and mounds of snow to get their preseason work in. The fields crew at Dick’s SportingGoodsPark has done a tremendous job keeping the turf fields in top condition as the team works through their training exercises outdoors at the park.
This time next week Rapids players and coaches will hopefully see some more sunshine of their own. The team recently announced their full preseason schedule which includes three trips: to Florida Mississippi and England. This is currently the last full week of training at DSG Park before the club leaves for Florida.
With 28 days of planned training outside of Colorado in the coming weeks be sure to check in with ColoradoRapids.com for continued updates and player blogs from the road!
Preseason: Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
Fri. Feb. 22
Fort Lauderdale Florida
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Ugo Ihemelu (hip) and Conor Casey (ACL) continued their rehab this week with the Rapids training staff following their respective surgeries this winter.
No other injuries to report.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quotes come from Head Coach Fernando Clavijo.
On the first two weeks of preseason training:
"I think even with the weather situation I thought everything went very well. We were able to really focus on some of the new guys and younger players and get a good look at them and really take advantage of the incredible facilities we have here at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to get a good foundation and start to our preseason training."
On looking forward to the team’s upcoming preseason trips:
"As a coach I am looking forward to the games and seeing our players in game situations. Unfortunately due to the weather we have not been able to have those situations here in Colorado yet. These trips will give us an opportunity to work some of these new players into the lineup so we are very excited about that."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Preseason Schedule Unveiled:
The Rapids have announced the club's 2008 preseason schedule which will see the team travelling to locations such as London Mississippi and Florida. For the complete schedule of Colorado's preseason plans click here
Rapids Launch Adult Soccer League:
Looking for a new adult soccer league? Want to play on the best soccer fields complex in the nation? Then the new Colorado Rapids Adult Soccer League is perfect for you! It's an eight game 11 vs. 11 format with games beginning on Sunday March 2nd. Details
Coach and Ex-coach on 'From the Pitch' Tonight:
Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo will be the featured guest tonight on Marcelo Balboa's 'From the Pitch' radio program. Joining him will be ex-Rapids head coach Tim Hankinson. Fans can tune in live tonight starting at 6pm on KRCN 1060am or listen online via the internet by clicking here
Rapids USA Viewing Party Tomorrow:
Rapids fans are invited to come meet midfielder Terry Cooke at the Rapids' official US vs. Mexico Men's National Team Viewing Party tomorrow evening at GB Fish & Chips! Cooke will be guest bartending so join him and the other Rapids fans to watch the game live! Details
Friday is Deadline to Apply for Tryouts:
Attention soccer players: don't miss your once-per-year chance to apply to be invited in for a tryout with the Colorado Rapids! The club's annual tryout takes place on Feb. 24 and the deadline to apply for an invitation is this Friday at 5pm! Details and Application
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