Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (10/30/07) - The Colorado Rapids started the first of the team's off-season training sessions yesterday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Even though the 2007 season is over for the Rapids the team is committed to improving for next year. On Monday the push toward those improvements began as the Rapids practiced hard for nearly two hours with this year's untimely finish to the season fresh in their minds.

The Rapids had been given last week off from training and starting this week the team will resume their daily training sessions which will continue every day throughout the coming weeks. All post-season training sessions will be closed to the public.
NEXT MATCH
None currently scheduled
LAST MATCH
Rapids 0 Real Salt Lake 1
Sat. Oct. 20 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quote comes from Rapids Assistant Coach John Murphy on what the club is focusing on as the Rapids' off-season training regimen kicks off:
"Right now we are focusing on different things for different players. One of the things we don’t want to do is overwork players who are coming off of injuries or who have just played a very long season.
"I think there are some younger players that we can spike the amount of work that they are doing. It is slightly different for everybody. We are going to have specific training for specific individual players and for groups of players – defenders midfielders and strikers – and we will just try to tighten up some things.
"We are going to use this time in a positive way rather than just keeping everyone back and going through the motions. There is going to be more specific training to address strengths and weaknesses as individuals groups and as a team."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids Unveil Player Award Winners: At the final regular season home game of 2007 the Rapids unveiled the winners of the club's nine annual player awards. For the full recap of who won which award as well as video clips of each player's acceptance speeches click here.
Bouna Time Senegal Donation: Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and the Rapids Foundation are planning an event early next week to put to good use the funds raised through sales of Coundoul's "Bouna Time" commemorative jerseys. Bouna will use the monies raised to buy supplies to ship to needy kids in his native Senegal. Visit ColoradoRapids.com for more information on this event in the coming days.

MLS Cup Viewing Party: The Rapids are planning to host an official MLS Cup viewing party on Sunday November 18 at 9 a.m. at the Cantina at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for fans to gather and watch the game live in a great atmosphere with other fans. This special breakfast-hour event will feature great food and drink specials as well as free stadium tours! Look for full details soon on the Rapids' website!
Bouna is Class VI Player of the Year: At the last Rapids home game of 2007 the Class VI supporter's group presented their 2007 Player of the Year Award to goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Bouna came over to their seating section to receive the trophy following the match. For the full story click 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 with a deposit of only $50 per seat 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.