COMMERCE CITY CO (Tuesday December 2 2008) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that the team will open their 14th Major League Soccer season in 2009 on the road against Chivas USA on Saturday March 21 and will host the Kansas City Wizards in their home opener at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday March 28.
The complete Rapids 2009 schedule will be unveiled at a later date.
This will be the first time since 2006 that the club has opened the MLS season with a road match. After opening at home for the first game of the season the last two years the Rapids will open 2009 playing Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. The game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. It will be the fourth consecutive year that Colorado play their season opener on national television.
The following weekend the Rapids will return to the friendly confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to host the Kansas City Wizards at 7:30 p.m. MT. Colorado hold an 8-2-3 all-time record in home openers and are 2-0-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Last year the Rapids defeated the LA Galaxy 4-0 in front of a then-record crowd of 18713 fans.
Each MLS team will play a 30-game regular season in 2009. Of the 15 clubs that will compete seven will be in the Eastern Conference and eight will be in the Western Conference where Seattle Sounders FC is the newest addition. Each team will play every other MLS team home and away for a base of 28 games. Two additional games against intra-conference rivals will complete each team’s 30-game schedule. The regular season ends on Oct. 25 2009.
Single game tickets for the Rapids’ 2009 Opening Day will not go on sale until at least February of next year so the best way fans can assure their spot at the first major event of the Rapids’ next season in Colorado is by securing their season ticket plan or holiday package today by calling the Colorado Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL or by purchasing their season tickets online by clicking here.
The just-unveiled Rapids Holiday Pack is currently on sale now just in time for the holidays and feature tickets to both of the first two Rapids home games of the season as well a $50 gift card to any Dick’s Sporting Goods store all for only $99. The Rapids Holiday Pack can be purchased online by clicking here.