COMMERCE CITY CO (3/11/08) - With less than three weeks before their first regular season game the Colorado Rapids are squeezing as much as possible into their preseason training.
Just fresh back from their preseason trip to London where the Rapids were hosted in grand fashion by their partner club Arsenal the Rapids arrived back in Denver on Sunday.
An impromptu meeting between two MLS clubs happened in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday on the Rapids' way back from England. As the Rapids were retrieving their luggage in order to go through customs the Columbus Crew fresh from their flight from England found themselves standing next to the Rapids at the next baggage claim.
Colorado will get only one day of training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this week before they then head back to the airport for another international excursion.
The Rapids recently announced that they will be taking on the Bermuda National Team at the National Sports Center in Bermuda this Friday March 14 at 5 p.m. MT. The team will be in Bermuda from this Thursday March 13 through this Sunday March 16.
The Rapids will then conclude their preseason training with an exhibition match vs. the Chicago Fire in Jackson Mississippi on Saturday March 22.
Colorado Rapids vs. Bermuda National Team
Fri. Mar. 14
5:00 p.m. MT
National Sports Center
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
Sat. March 29
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Mehdi Ballouchy (hamstring) Conor Casey (knee) Dan Gargan (knee) Herculez Gomez (knee) Ugo Ihemelu (hip) Pablo Mastroeni (abdominal) and Mike Petke (ankle) worked with the Rapids' training staff during the player's off-days on Monday and Tuesday.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quote comes from forward Herculez Gomez speaking on the experience of playing against the Arsenal Reserves in their encounter at the Rapids' partner club's training center last week:
"2-1 in favor of the Gunners was the final score but we left with many positives. You see when you play a team of this quality you have to take care of the ball possessing and picking and choosing when to attack. I felt we did just that and we were rewarded with a goal late in the match by Colin Clark. The outcome was secondary to the valuable lessons that the match provided to our young team."
Read Herculez's entire blog from the preseason trip online by clicking here.
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Home Opener Selling Fast: If you don’t have your tickets to the Colorado Rapids' 2008 home opener against the LA Galaxy you are running out of time. The only tickets left available are in the south stands and the premium seating areas. VIP midfield tickets are completely sold out. Call (303) 825-GOAL or visit www.TicketHorse.com before it's too late to get yours!
Fernando Clavijo on 'From the Pitch' Tonight: Rapids Head Coach Fernando Clavijo will be the featured guest on tonight's "From the Pitch" radio show hosted by Rapids Alumni Player Marcelo Balboa. Fans can tune in live tonight starting at 6pm on KRCN 1060am or listen online via the internet by clicking here!
Rapids Youth Academy Update: The Colorado Rapids Youth Academy's games against the Colorado Rush are being rescheduled. The U16s will play on Wednesday March 19 at 6:30 p.m. on Field 8 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and the U18s will play during the week of March 24 likely on Wednesday March 26.
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.
Rapids Schedule Change: Due to scheduling conflicts the Rapids' previously scheduled home game on Saturday June 14 versus Toronto FC has now been moved to an away contest at BMO Field with a 5pm MT kickoff. Conversely Colorado’s previously scheduled road game against Toronto FC on August 9 is now a home match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with kickoff at 2pm MT.
The Rapids Six Pack: Pure Refreshment! The Colorado Rapids are offering a brand new package: The Rapids Six Pack! Don't miss your chance to guarantee your spot at Opening Day vs. the LA Galaxy plus get 5 other Rapids home games and a free lift ticket to Winter Park or Copper Mountain! It's the Rapids 6-Pack starting at only $129! Order the Rapids Six-Pack today 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.