COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - For the 11th time in their 14-year history the Colorado Rapids will begin a new Major League Soccer season on the road as they travel to the Home Depot Center to open the season with their match at Chivas USA this Saturday night.
Saturday's match kicks off at 8:30pm MT and the match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. For details on the official Rapids Away Game Viewing Party see the bottom of this page.
The Rapids are 2-9-2 all-time in season openers but are riding a two year streak of consecutive opening day victories.
Colorado have found recent success as the visiting team against Chivas USA claiming the last two meetings at The Home Depot Center with 2-1 wins on both Oct. 14 2007 and Oct. 19 2008.
Under the direction of new head coach Gary Smith whose interim tag was removed in November 2008 the Rapids will look to get back on track in 2009 and make a return to the postseason after missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history.
This will mark the 14th meeting between the Rapids and the Goats from California with Colorado holding a 5-4-4 all-time record against Chivas USA in four years of competition.
In California the Rapids are 4-3-0 and have won the last two match-up between the two clubs at The Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA finished the 2008 season with a 12-11-7 record good for second in the Western Conference. Their season ended with a semifinal playoff loss on aggregate goals to Real Salt Lake. The Red and White return forward Ante Razov who tied for the team lead with five goals last season and who has 10 goals and five assists in 25 career games against Colorado.
For the full match preview of this game visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports by clicking here!
Dedicated Rapids fans will be gathering for the Rapids Official Away-Game Viewing Party for this match at Sobo 151! The viewing party is free and open to fans of all ages to attend so wear your burgundy and come join other fans to watch the game live in a great soccer atmosphere on Saturday!
RAPIDS OFFICIAL AWAY-GAME VIEWING PARTY DETAILS FOR THIS MATCH:
WHERE:Sobo 151 located at 151 South Broadway in Denver.
WHEN: This Saturday March 21; kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. MT. Get there early to reserve a seat!
WHO: Open and free for fans of all ages to attend!
OTHER: Don't miss the great specials for the match including $2 PBR's and more as well as the greatest Czech food in Denver door prizes and more! Non-travelling players are also expected to be in attendance.
The Rapids look forward to seeing all fans for the viewing party on Saturday! Don't forget to wear your burgundy!