Weekly Notes: Rapids Announce Preseason Match vs. Real Salt Lake in Las Vegas

DENVER (ColoradoRapids.com)- The Colorado Rapids announced today the team’s 2007 final preseason match which will take place on Saturday March 31 at 8:30 (MT) in Las Vegas NV against their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake.

Newly-acquired Rapids forward Herculez Gomez who grew up in Las Vegas will face off against his first MLS team defending the Colorado uniform.

The match will be played at Peter Johann Memorial Field located on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and it will kick off at 7:30pm local time.

To order tickets to this game fans can CLICK HERE or contact Real Salt Lake at 866-9-SOCCER. Adult tickets are $20 and youth 15 and under can get in for $15.

The complete 2007 Rapids preseason schedule will be released on a future date.

OTHER WEEKLY TEAM NOTES:

MLS SUPERDRAFT FRIDAY: The 2007 MLS SuperDraft will take place Friday afternoon in Indianapolis as part of the annual NSCAA convention. The first hour of the draft will be televised live on ESPN2 from 10-11 a.m. The rest can be seen live at MLSnet.com. Currently the Rapids have six picks including the #6 overall selection. Fans can view Rapids Assistant Coach John Murphy's exclusive insights on the Draft online at www.ColoradoRapids.com.

TRITT MOVES ON: Former Colorado Rapids Assistant Coach Steve Trittschuh has accepted a position with the Colorado Rush Youth Soccer Club. The Rapids parted ways with their assistant coach and former team captain this off-season and he is now the Director of Coaching-Academy for one of the state’s top soccer organizations. Last year Trittschuh led the Rapids Reserves to the MLS Reserve Division championship in their second year of existence. Since 1998 Rush competitive teams have won an unprecedented 12 United States Youth Soccer National Championships and one US Club Soccer National Championship.

SEE THE RAPIDS AND SKI FREE: Due to popular demand the Colorado Rapids announced today that they are offering a new package just in time for the kickoff of the 2007 MLS season that is perfect for both soccer lovers and skiers or snowboarders: The Colorado Rapids Opening Day & Ski Free Pack! The Opening Day & Ski Free Package includes 5 tickets to the Rapids' inaugural match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park vs. DC United on Sat. April 7 as well as one free lift ticket to Winter Park Ski Resort. This entire package is priced at only $89 an unbelievable value considering the face value of all the game tickets and the lift ticket! Fans should call (303) 825- GOAL or log onto www.ColoradoRapids.com for more information on this great deal as well as for season ticket packages.

FRONT RANGE HAPPY HOUR NEXT THURSDAY: The Colorado Rapids announced today that the club will host the next Front Range Supporters Club exclusive happy hour event on Thursday January 18th at Sobo 151. Colorado Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo will be the featured guest at this happy hour and will discuss the Rapids' 2007 draft class and upcoming preseason training! Rapids staff will also be on hand to mingle and hang out with Front Range members on an informal basis.