Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (5/20/08) – The Colorado Rapids will have a full week of practice as they prepare for the second of their first back-to-back home games of the season.
The Rapids travel to Boulder today to face the Rapids U-23s in a scrimmage at 5:30pm at the Pleasant View Soccer Complex.
*Update*- the Rapids Reserves pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Rapids U-23s Tuesday night. Conor Casey Mehdi Ballouchy and Terry Cooke all scored for the Rapids. Cooke's score was the highlight of the match as he sent a bending free kick into the right corner of the net from 23 yards out.

The early training sessions this week saw the first team working on short-sided fields with goals while the rest of the players worked on formations in preparation for the scrimmage.
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NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids vs. Chivas USA
Sat. May 24
7:30 p.m. MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park

LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 2 vs. Real Salt Lake 0
Thurs. May 15
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Tuesday's training saw a new addition return to the pitch as Mike Petke came out in support of the team. While he didn't participate in any drills Mike is continuing his rehab and is making great strides as he is down to just an ankle brace.
John DiRaimondo also took another step in his progress to get back to the pitch working in with the first team during certain drills on Tuesday.
Kosuke Kimura Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. Nico Colaluca and Justin Hughes each continued thier rehab.

TODAY'S QUOTE FROM TRAINING

Today's quote comes Pablo Mastroeni following the Rapids' 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake:

"These games against Salt Lake are always interesting. The team who imposes their will on the other has the better chances. We came out of half time and wanted to find Christian (Gomez) as much as we could. He finds spaces and it is our job to get him the ball. With Christian being man marked there is more space for me.
"It was a breath of fresh air it was liberating. We also came out and had some good combo passing. In this formation (the 3-5-2) you have to keep the ball and I felt like we did that."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids Youth Teams Update: The Rapids U16s and U18s will have a busy week with training Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Chicago for the Spring Showcase. Both clubs will play a series of games throughout the weekend and early part of next week ahead of returning to Denver.
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