BOREHAMWOOD ENGLAND (3/4/08) - The Colorado Rapids went through their second consecutive two-a-day training today participating in both morning and afternoon sessions here in England where they are being hosted by their partner club Arsenal FC.
In order to get their work in the players battled the morning elements of some bitter cold weather. Following a few possession drills the team focused on their attack and finishing.
Once they concluded their morning two hour training the club was once again treated - like they have been their entire stay so far - to a first-class meal in the Arsenal Training Centre dining hall.
In the afternoon the team brought in the goals for some small field training. Dan Gargan Herculez Gomez and Mike Petke took rehabbing their injuries to a different level during the second session working out in the Training Centre's pool.
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Colorado Rapids vs. Ipswich
Wed. Mar. 5
5:00 a.m. MT
Arsenal Training Centre
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
Sat. March 29
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Mehdi Ballouchy (hamstring) Conor Casey (knee) Ugo Ihemelu (hip) and Pablo Mastroeni (abdominal) stayed in Colorado to continue their rehab.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quote comes from midfielder Terry Cooke:
"The hospitality here in London so far has been great. We have been welcomed by everyone at Arsenal with open arms. I think we are enjoying our time here and we are looking forward to playing some matches the next two days. The pitches at the Training Centre are tremendous."
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 Coloradorapids.com before it's too late to get yours!
Rapids vs. English Opponents: The Rapids will be playing two games later this week while they are in London. Tomorrow they will face Ipswich at noon local time and the next morning the team will face the Arsenal Reserves at 11 a.m. Look for results here at Coloradorapids.com following the games.
Jason Linscott on 'From the Pitch' Tonight: Rapids Senior Director of Ticket Sales Jason Linscott 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 last weekend against the Colorado Rush were postponed due to blowing snow at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. A make-up date for the matches is yet to be announced.
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.