Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (10/2/07) - After two straight road games played on artificial surfaces the Rapids return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the nicest pitch in the league as they host Toronto FC for the first time ever in Colorado.

In their last match the Rapids held New England one MLS’ most potent offenses scoreless for 88 minutes. Unfortunately for Colorado Khano Smith latched onto a Shalrie Joseph pass two minutes from time and slotted it past Bouna Coundoul to give the Revs their first win of the year against the Rapids.

This Sunday the Rapids will look to avenge the 2-1 loss they suffered to Toronto in early June at BMO Field and defeat the Canadians to pick up a much-needed victory as well as a pivotal three points that will help to propel them towards the 8th and final MLS playoff spot.
Fans will also have the exclusive opportunity to stick around inside the stadium after the first team match to watch their MLS Reserve Division-leading Rapids Reserves take on the Toronto FC Reserves as part of Sunday's doubleheader; the second game of the evening will kick off at approximately 8:30pm.
NEXT MATCH
Toronto FC at Colorado Rapids
This Sunday Oct. 7 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Kickoff: 6:00pm MT
TV: Altitude
Radi KNRV 1150am La Buena Onda
LAST MATCH
Rapids 0 New England Revolution 1
Sat. Sept. 29 at Gillette Stadium
UPDATES FROM THE RAPIDS' TRAINING ROOM
The Rapids picked up a couple of knocks in their game at New England on Saturday.
Tony Sanneh was replaced in the first half after he strained his hamstring. He will not be available for the match this Sunday.
Ugo Ihemelu finished the game with a right ankle sprain but is now listed as doubtful and will be closely evaluated this week to determine if we will be able to play on Sunday.

Rapids Injury Report as of 10/2/07
Out: Dan Gargan (R ACL tear); Herculez Gomez (R ACL and Lateral Meniscus Tears); Tony Sanneh (R Hamstring Strain)
Doubtful: Conor Casey (R MCL Sprain); Ugo Ihemelu (R Ankle Sprain)
Questionable: None
Probable: None
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Fernando Clavijo on the effort against New England:
"I thought our effort was tremendous. It was a tale of two halves; when Tony Sanneh was playing we were winning the midfield and we created chances. When he left the game with an injury we lost the midfield and lost the ball in transition many times. That gave New England a chance to push forward. Overall it was a good effort. It wasn’t what they did to score the goal it was what we didn’t do. We gave up the ball and it unfortunately cost us the game."
Clavijo on preparing for Sunday’s game vs. Toront
"The most important thing to work on is the mental part of the game. The team was pretty down and devastated about Saturday’s loss. We are trying to bring the team back to the situation we face. We have two more home games and we believe we still have a good chance of making the playoffs. We have an opportunity to win this home game on Sunday. It is a must-win situation for us against Toronto."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Sunday's Game a Doubleheader: The Rapids Reserves game against the Toronto FC Reserves originally scheduled for Oct. 8 has been moved. The match will now be played approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first team game this Sunday October 7 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. All fans are encouraged to stay and cheer for the undefeated Rapids Reserves as they attempt to defend their MLS Reserve Division Championship! Entry is free to the reserve game for fans holding a ticket to the first game.
Rapids on Altitude-2 Sunday: Because of a scheduling conflict with the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday the Rapids vs. Toronto FC game will be switched to Altitude 2. Altitude 2 can be seen on Comcast Denver channel 5 Comcast Colorado Springs channel 4 Dish Network channel 447 and DirecTv Channel 661. Other cable viewers can contact their providers to find what channel Altitude 2 is in their area.

Rapids Oktoberfest!: Don't miss the Rapids' Oktoberfest Celebration this Sun. Oct. 7 before your Rapids host Toronto FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Get to the stadium early for German food & drink and live music in the Rapids Beer Hall starting at 4pm on the south end of the stadium! Celebrate Oktoberfest in style with your Rapids!
Kids Get in Free on Sunday: Sunday's home game is also the Rapids' Youth Night! Kids 16 & under can get a free ticket to the game with the purchase of an adult ticket! Don't let your kids miss out on their last chance to get into the stadium for FREE! For details call (303) 825-GOAL.
"Bouna Time" Jerseys are Back: Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and the Rapids Foundation teamed up to help needy kids in Bouna's native Senegal by selling "Bouna Time" commemorative jerseys! More have arrived just in time for Sunday's game! Bouna will autograph yours personally after the game if you buy one!
Crested Butte Lift Tickets Oct. 20: As part of the Rapids' Fan Appreciation Night festivities at their home game on Oct. 20 the Rapids are distributing FREE lift tickets to Crested Butte Mountain Resort to the first 5000 fans into the stadium! Don't miss this fantastic giveaway just in time for ski season! Buy your game tickets today at www.TicketHorse.com!
THIS WEEK'S TRAINING SCHEDULE
Colorado Rapids Training Schedule for week of October 1st 2007:
Monday October 1 - Day Off
Tuesday October 2- 10 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Wednesday October 3- 10 a.m. MT closed training session
Thursday October 4 - 10 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Friday October 5- 10 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Saturday October 6 - 10 a.m. MT closed training session
Sunday October 7 - GAME vs. Toronto FC 6:00pm Dick's Sporting Goods Park followed by RESERVE GAME 8:30pm Dick's Sporting Goods Park