Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (5/13/08) – The Colorado Rapids have a short turn-around between matches as the team has four days to prepare for their nationally televised ESPN2 contest against Real Salt Lake this Thursday May 15 at 7:30 pm MT.
The team practiced on Monday (which is typically a day off for the players) and Tuesday on small field set-ups working on pace spacing and technique.
At the end of Monday's session the club worked on penalty kicks with all the players given one opportunity. With a high success rate all but three players were able to rip the back of the nets. Even Assistant Coach Gary Smith Strength and Conditioning Coach Jamie Heiner and Equipment Manager Carlos Garcia stepped up to the challenge and came through.
The players are also gearing up for their first ESPN2 Primetime Thursday match of the season with all the behind-the-scenes responsibilites that come with a nationally-televised game. On Wednesday each player will do a video ID after practice for the network to use during intros of the broadcast.
For the full match preview of Thursday's game featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports as well as a look at all the promotions surrounding the match click here!

NEXT MATCH
Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
Thurs. May 15
7:30 p.m. MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park

LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 1 at Houston Dynamo 2
Sat. May 10
6:30 p.m. MT
Robertson Stadium
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Justin Hughes and Nico Colaluca both continued their rehab on their groin injuries with the training staff today.
John DiRaimondo took another step in his progress to get back on the field doing some ball drills for the first time in weeks.
Terry Cooke who injured his hamstring in training on Friday and did not play against Houston has been practicing this week and should be available for selection in Thursday night's match.

WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids U-23s to Be Put to Test: The Colorado Rapids will travel to Boulder next Tuesday May 20th to face the Rapids U-23s in a scrimmage at 5pm at the Pleasant View Soccer Complex. Adult tickets are $10 and tickets for children 5-15 will be $5. All children under 5 are free. The Rapids Soccer Tour will be on-hand and food will be available for sale so bring the whole family out and support your Rapids and future Rapids stars down in Boulder!
Disciplinary Summary: Following his red card ejection in the 89th minute at Houston Tom McManus received a one-game suspension and a fine from MLS. Assistant coach Gary Smith also received a one game suspension and a fine after his dismissal against the Dynamo in the 69th minute. Both McManus and Smith will serve their suspensions during the Rapids' Thursday night match vs. Real Salt Lake.
Rapids' New Facebook Page: Your Colorado Rapids have a brand-new updated home on Facebook.com! Check out the Rapids' brand new page on Facebook featuring music videos interviews notices news discussions photos and more! Now you have a new friend in cyberspace! Visit the Rapids' Facebook page by clicking here.
Stay Sharp with Sharpe: Keep up with all the latest Rapids news from an inside perspective as Rapids back-up goalkeeper Chris Sharpe gives fans a look from the player’s side in his regular column on www.tribalfootbll.com. Sharpe who is with the Rapids as an MLS pool goalkeeper due to the injury to Justin Hughes has been training with the team since the preseason. Follow Chris’s journey as he looks to become the first Australian to ever play in MLS.
Help the Rapids Make a Difference: The Colorado Rapids the US Soccer Foundation Passback program and Soccer Dreams Without Borders will be collecting slightly used soccer gear during the Rapids' three home games in May (May 4 15 and 24) outside gates B and G an hour and a half prior to kickoff.Every family donating will receive a buy-one get-one-free ticket voucher to the Rapids vs. Columbus Crew game on Sunday July 27. All equipment collected will be sent to Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul’s home country of Senegal as well as to South America and Mexico.

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Check Out the Kickback Program: The Rapids have introduced a brand new rewards program for their most loyal fans! It's the Rapids Kickback Card which fans can use at the stadium to bypass concession lines get express entry thru gates discounts at the team store and prizes from the Rapids. Get your Kickback Card today! Details
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