SUNRISE FL (2/19/08) - The Colorado Rapids are wrapping up their time here in Florida and have two more games this week before returning to the Mile High City.
On Wednesday the team will travel to Bradenton Fla. to take on the U.S. U-17 National Team in a split squad game and on Friday the Rapids will face Real Salt Lake as their Rocky Mountain rivalry hits South Florida.
After training sessions in the morning and games at night on both Friday and Saturday the Rapids had Sunday off.
Many of the players hit the beach before Head Coach Fernando Clavijo and his family hosted a Uruguayan barbeque for the whole team at their Florida home.
Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul also finally rejoined the team after his stint with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.
Yesterday the Rapids played a 90 minute scrimmage against a local select team and won 10-0. Colorado had six goal scorers on the day: Omar Cummings (3) Jovan Kirovski (2) Niko Hernandez (2) Colin Clark (1) Kosuke Kimura (1) and Scott Campbell (1).
Be sure to check back in with ColoradoRapids.com every Tuesday for continued updates and player blogs from spring training!
Colorado Rapids vs. US U-17s
Wed. Feb. 20
time & location tba
Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
Fri. Feb. 22
7:30 p.m. ET
Cricket Stadium at at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill Florida
Ticket prices: $10 for adults $5 for kids 18 & under
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Over the weekend the Rapids had a few injuries.
Supplemental draft pick Kevin Forrest traveled to his home in Washington to recover from an injury to his lower leg; the Rapids retain the option to bring him back to the team later this year.
Pablo Mastroeni (abdominal) and Mike Petke (ankle) were sent back to Colorado to see team doctor Wayne Gersoff about their injuries.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quote comes from Rapids striker Omar Cummings who scored for the Rapids in their 3-0 victory over Honduran club Marathon on Saturday about how the Rapids' preseason is progressing:
"I’m enjoying the weather. I’m from Jamaica so the Miami weather reminds me of home. It’s been going well. I feel a lot more confident than I did at this time last year. This year at this time I have more experience and know what I’m supposed to do. The guys around me know more about me too and that makes it better for all of us."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
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.
Youth Teams Update: The Colorado Rapids Youth Academy U16 and U18 teams competed this weekend at the US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. In games played at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas the U-18s won their first game and lost their second. The U-16s lost both of their games but only fell by a single goal in their second game. Check out ColoradoRapids.com for an exclusive in-depth journal from the weekend by Rapids U-18 coach Brian Crookham by clicking here.
Rapids Tryouts This Sunday: The deadline has now passed to apply for an invtiation to the Rapids' 2008 tryout taking place this Sunday Feb. 24. Thanks to everyone who applied for an invitation to attend; all applicants by this time have been notified if their application was accepted or not. The next chance prospective players will have to try out for the club will be March of next year.
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Rapids Launch Adult Soccer League: Looking for a new adult soccer league? Want to play on the best soccer fields complex in the nation? Then the new Colorado Rapids Adult Soccer League is perfect for you! It's an eight game 11 vs. 11 format with games beginning on Sunday March 2nd. Details
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.