Rapids Weekly Team Update - Opening Week Edition!

COMMERCE CITY CO (3/26/08) – The Colorado Rapids kick off their 13th season as they take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in their season opener at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this Saturday night.
The players are spending the week training on their training field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in preparation for Saturday with morning sessions from 10am-noon each day. On Friday the club will train inside Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the first time this year as part of the Rapids' team photo & media day.
The players and coaches are also spending their afternoons participating in various community and fan events every day this week as part of the club's annual Rapids Opening Week festivities; for the full list of all the daily events taking place this week click here.
Both teams are looking for a quick start to the season after failing to make the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2007. For Colorado it was the first time since the 2001 season that the club failed to make the postseason.
For the full match preview of Saturday's Opening Day event click here!
Saturday's game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel and HDNet. In the booth for FSC will be Max Bretos (play-by-play) and Christopher Sullivan (analyst) with Brian Dunseth roaming the sideline. Rapids alumni player Marcelo Balboa (analyst) and Glenn Davis (play-by-play) will be calling the action for HDNet.

NEXT MATCH
Regular season:
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
Sat. March 29
7:30pm MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park

LAST MATCH
Preseason:
Colorado Rapids 1 Chicago Fire 0
Sat. Mar. 22
Ridgeland Mississippi
M&F Bank Stadium
Match Recap

LATEST INJURY UPDATES

Here is the injury report for the Rapids season opener vs. Los Angeles as reported to the league on Tuesday:

OUT: Conor Casey (L knee) Ugo Ihemelu (R hip) Mike Petke (R foot)
DOUBTFUL: Mehdi Ballouchy (L hamstring) Jovan Kirovski (R hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: Rafael Gomes (L Hamstring); Colin Clark (L hamstring); Nico Colaluca (L groin)
PROBABLE: Omar Cummings (R ankle)

TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING

Today's quote comes from Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo speaking after Tuesday’s training session about what fans can hope to see at Saturday's Home Opener vs. the LA Galaxy:

"I think they will see three points for the Rapids a very attractive game a very energetic game.....I am excited I think the guys are ready everyone's trying to get healthy and get ready to be in the lineup. We have control of our own destiny in 2008 and that's what we are focusing on right now getting three points to start the season."

WEEKLY TEAM NOTES

Rapids Season Preview Show Starts Tomorrow: Can’t wait till Saturday need to satisfy that Rapids fix? Don't miss the 2008 Colorado Rapids Season Preview show debuting Thursday at 9:30pm on Altitude. Take an exclusive first look at new midfielder Christian Gomez and examine how his style of play and credentials will add depth to the Rapids roster. Also catch in-depth interviews with Head Coach Fernando Clavijo and Managing Director Jeff Plush.

Upcoming air schedule of the 2008 Colorado Rapids Season Altitude Preview:
Thursday March 27 at 9:30 pm
Saturday March 29 at 12:30 and 5:00 pm
Monday March 31 at 6:00 pm
Tuesday April 1 at 10:00 pm
Wednesday April 2 at 6:30 pm
Friday April 4 at 1:30 pm

Tickets Almost Gone For Opening Day: The Rapids have released a limited number of standing room-only tickets for Saturday's 2008 season opener versus the Los Angeles Galaxy. Priced at $15 per ticket these standing room-only tickets went on sale Wednesday March 26 at 12 p.m. MT and are a final opportunity for fans to secure their place for the Rapids’ season opener this Saturday. Fans interested in purchasing standing room-only tickets may do so at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park Box Office or via phone by calling 303-825-GOAL (4625)!

Rapids Fieldside Seats Now Available: The Rapids have announced the return of the fan-favorite fieldside seats! Sit down on the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for all Rapids home games and see your favorite players up close from inches away. Fieldside seats are now available for the public to purchase for the first time in 2008. Not only do you get to sit down on the actual field level at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the entire match but you also get pre-game hospitality area offering food & drinks and fieldside seat holders also get first right of refusal to purchase seats for DSG Park concerts & special events. Get in the spotlight! Order your fieldside seats now and don't just be a spectator....be a part of the action! Details

Introducing 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

View The E-Brochure Win Fabulous Prizes: It's the Rapids' 13th MLS season…get an exclusive inside video look at the club for this year with the team's e-brochure. You can also enter to win a trip to a Rapids 2008 road game or win any of 100 pairs of tickets to a 2008 home game when you forward it to friends! View it NOW!

Rapids Youth Academy Update: The Academy’s successful camp program kicks off again on March 31 with the Summit Select Camp. The Academy offers programs for players 5-18 and several specialized camps. Please see the camp brochure for a complete list of offerings in 2008.
A Youth Player Makes His Name Known: In other Academy news Rapids U18 Academy player Omar Haner was called up by Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo for the Burgundy & Blue game the team’s intra-squad scrimmage last Wednesday. Haner was called into action coming in for Jovan Kirovski in the closing minutes of the second half.

2008 Single Game Tickets on Sale: Rapids single game tickets are now available for purchase for any home game via phone by calling 1-866-461-6556 at the kiosks located inside every Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods store location or online at TicketHorse.com. Single game tickets start at just $12. The Rapids' 2008 single game schedule also welcomes the return of two fan-favorite ticket packages: the Rapids' Family Night packs and the Rapids Kids Night packs. Rapids Family Night and Rapids Kids Night packages can be purchased online by clicking 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 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.