Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - Flying high atop a 4-game undefeated streak your Rapids are set to train four times this week before departing for Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy this Saturday Sept. 8 with the Rapids Reserves set to play the following morning.
In their last match your Rapids came from behind to earn a pivotal point on the road in Columbus thanks to a late powerful header goal from Conor Casey that drew the match level at 1-1.
Your Rapids will next look to improve upon their 2-0-0 record on the season so far against the struggling LA Galaxy this Saturday with their fixture at the Home Depot Center.
NEXT MATCH
Rapids at LA Galaxy this Saturday Sept. 8
Kickoff: 8:30pm MT
TV: Fox Soccer Channel
Radi KNRV 1150am La Buena Onda
Official Away-Game Viewing Party: at Casey's Bistro & Pub located at Quebec and 29th in Stapleton featuring food and drink specials for fans wearing Rapids gear!
LAST MATCH
Rapids 1 Columbus Crew 1
Sun. Sept. 2 at Crew Stadium
UPDATES FROM THE TRAINING ROOM
Defender Dan Gargan is out for the rest of the season after tearing his right ACL in the match against the New England Revolution on August 16. Gargan underwent successful surgery to repair the knee on Wednesday August 29 and is currently recovering.
Midfielder Terry Cooke is listed as questionable for this weekend's game after suffering a groin strain right before the team's trip to Colombus. Cooke ended up not making the trip so he could concentrate on getting healthy.
Pablo Mastroeni was forced to leave the match vs. Columbus directly after halftime after battling severe nausea all that day.
Rapids Injury Report as of 9/4/07
Out: Dan Gargan (R ACL tear)
Doubtful: None
Questionable: Terry Cooke (L Groin Strain) Omar Cummings (L Shoulder Separation) Jordan Harvey (L Ankle Sprain) Pablo Mastroeni (Illness)
Probable: None
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids Shutout Streak: The Colorado Rapids are currently riding a 543 minute shutout streak against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The last time LA scored against the Rapids was an 87th minute penalty kick from Pando Ramirez on Sept. 10 2005. For his career Bouna Coundoul has not been scored on by LA a span of 360 minutes.
Pablo Won't Face Brazil: Despite being named by Bob Bradley to the US National Team earlier this week Pablo Mastroeni won't be making the trip to face Brazil this Sunday. Bradley has called in Kansas City Wizards midfielder Kerry Zavagnin to replace Mastroeni who is still recovering from an illness that forced him out at halftime of the Rapids' 1-1 draw at Columbus this past Sunday.
Reserves Pick up 4 Points: In the span of four days last week the Rapids Reserves picked up four points in two games to remain unbeaten. On Thursday Jose Cancela Nico Colaluca and Omar Cummings scored as the Reserves beat Toronto 3-2. The team then came back from a two-goal halftime deficit to tie the Crew Reserves 2-2 with Cancela and Cummings getting the goals. The Reserves will play their final road contest of the season when they take on the Galaxy Reserves this Sunday.
Rapids Pick up Wilmes: The Rapids signed Bear Creak High School graduate Cliff Wilmes to a developmental contract this week. Wilmes played for Fort Lewis College in Durango CO where he was roommates with Chivas USA’s John Cunliffe. Wilmes most recently played for the Colorado Rapids U-23’s in the PDL this summer. The team also upgraded Jordan Harvey to a senior developmental slot.
All Minutes All Games: Only one player on Fernando Clavijo’s team has played every minute of every game so far in the 2007 Major League Soccer regular season. Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul has currently accumulated a total of 2070 minutes in 23 matches.
Viewing Party for Saturday: Fans won't want to miss the Official Away-Game Viewing Party for Saturday's game at Los Angeles at 8:30 p.m. The Rapids encourage everyone to join other fans to watch the game live in a great soccer atmosphere at Casey’s Bistro and Pub located at 7301 E. 29th Street in Stapleton; there will be great drink specials for those fans wearing Rapids gear so remember to wear your Burgundy & Blue!
QUOTES FROM COACHING STAFF
Fernando Clavijo on the last game vs. Colombus:
"I thought we possessed the ball really well in the first half. We went forward with numbers and created opportunities but we need to finish them. I thought Conor Casey had two clear chances to score in the first have and it could have changed the momentum. In the 45th minute we allowed them to finish in their first chance to score. At the end of the day we kept pushing forward and sending numbers up and it paid off. We were not as good as previous games creating from the outsides. Overall I thought it was a great point on the road against a team that is directly challenging us for the playoffs."
Fernando Clavijo on Saturday's match-up vs. LA:
"We want to keep the momentum we have right now from not losing in four games. We have to make sure to keep adding points. We are not overlooking LA they are a very dangerous team. They are desperate and are looking for anything to turn things around. We have to be very careful. We have to make sure we are disciplined and keep attacking. We need to continue to create chances but we have to finish them something we didn’t do in the first half of the Columbus game. It will be a very difficult game so we have to be prepared. The attitude won’t change from our last four games."
TRAINING SCHEDULE
Colorado Rapids Training Schedule for week of September 4 2007:
Tuesday September 4- 11 a.m. MT Training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Wednesday September 5- 10 a.m. MT Training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Thursday September 6- 10 a.m. MT Training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Friday September 7- 9 a.m. MT Training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
***TRAVEL TO LOS ANGELES***
Saturday September 8- 8:30 p.m. MT Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center Live on Fox Soccer Channel
Sunday September 9- 11 a.m. MT Rapids Reserves vs. Galaxy Reserves Home Depot Center
Monday September 10- ***TRAVEL TO DENVER***