COMMERCE CITY CO (2/5/08) - The Colorado Rapids announced today their 2008 preseason plans which are highlighted by three trips to Florida Mississippi and England.
After two weeks of training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park the team will get their first taste of training outside of Colorado when they travel to Fort Lauderdale Florida for 13 days from February 11-23. The Rapids coaching staff will intensify the practices with two-a-day sessions as they continue to evaluate the players currently in camp. The club’s Florida excursion will conclude with an exhibition match against Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake on Friday February 22.
The Rapids will conduct two practices at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park upon returning from Florida before heading back on the road for another 11 days.
For a second consecutive year the Rapids’ preseason plans will include a trip over 4600 miles away to London England. The team will be hosted by their partner club and perennial English Premier League contender Arsenal FC. The partnership between the Rapids and Arsenal which was formed last year allows the Rapids to practice at Arsenal’s facilities and exchange best practices in their club-to-club relationship. The team’s England trip will be from February 28 through March 9.
The trip to England will be followed by 10 days back at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after which the club will travel out for their last trip of the preseason this time to Jackson Mississippi from March 20 to 23. As part of their Southern training sessions the Rapids will take on the Chicago Fire in an exhibition on Saturday March 22.
COLORADO RAPIDS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
February 5 – 9 Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
February 10 Players Day Off
February 11 – 23 Training in Ft. Lauderdale Florida
February 24 – 25 Players Days Off
February 26 – 27 Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Feb. 28 – March 9 Training in London England
March 10 – 11 Players Days Off
March 12 – 15 Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
March 16 Players Day Off
March 17 – 19 Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
March 20 – 23 Training in Jackson Mississippi
March 24- 28 Training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
March 29 Opening Day vs. LA Galaxy at Dick's Sporting Goods Park