COMMERCE CITY CO (11/13/07) - The Colorado Rapids this week are continuing with their third week of the team's off-season training sessions in Colorado.
Each day this week from Monday-Friday the Rapids will be continuing their daily sessions of conditioning skills sessions and scrimmages on the club's official practice field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Today the team encountered a particularly blustery day out on the practice field as the extreme high winds made today's skills sessions difficult a marked change from the ideal weather the Rapids have experienced at their training sessions so far this off-season.
All post-season training sessions are closed to the public.
None currently scheduled
Rapids 0 Real Salt Lake 1
Sat. Oct. 20 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
Rapids forward Conor Casey underwent successful surgery to repair a ruptured ACL in his right knee last week. He is expected to be out 6-9 months for recovery.
Just yesterday defender Facundo Erpen had abdominal surgery to repair a sports hernia. His recovery is expected to take 2-4 weeks.
Both players suffered their injuries during the 2007 season and played through them before now getting the chance to get them repaired.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quotes come from Rapids Assistant Coach John Murphy with his take on the progress of the club's postseason training sessions now in their third week:
"I have to give full credit to the players they have been absolutely fantastic and professional. While there is a general attitude of disappointment that we were not in the playoffs and did not reach our goals this year it has not carried over to the practice field.
"The support staff also deserves credit. Our team administrator Erik Carlson our athletic trainers Theron Enns and Craig Magri and our equipment manager Carlos Garcia people you don’t hear a lot about it’s important that they have a positive attitude and they have had that.
"Overall we are using the situation we are in as a stepping stone to get better during this time. The problem this time of year is getting 11-a-side training. College teams are in season and professional teams are shutting down.
"Individual and small group training has been addressed and we have definitely seen improvement in certain players. I can’t say enough about everyone’s attitude they have done very well with what we have asked them to do."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
MLS Cup Viewing Party on Sunday: The Rapids are planning to host an official MLS Cup viewing party this Sunday November 18 at 9 a.m. at the Cantina at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for fans to gather and watch the game live in a great atmosphere with other fans. This special breakfast-hour event will feature great food and drink specials as well as free stadium tours! For full details click here!
Petke on 'From the Pitch' Tonight: Rapids defender Mike Petke will be the featured guest on the "From the Pitch" radio show this Tuesday night November 13th. "From the Pitch" is a radio show devoted entirely to soccer hosted by Rapids alumni player Marcelo Balboa every Tuesday night at 6:00pm MT. "From the Pitch" features all the latest soccer news and commentary regarding your Colorado Rapids as well as news from around the world and fans can hear from special live guests and interviews with players coaches executives and fans from around the soccer world. Fans can listen in live every Tuesday night at 6:00pm on 1060am KRCN radio or listen live via the internet on the Rapids' website.
Altitude's Rapids Year in Review: Today the Rapids' official TV partner Altitude Sports & Entertainment finished filming the network's "Colorado Rapids 2007 Year in Review" show. Hosted by the Rapids' broadcast team of Marc Stout and Brian Crookham the special 30-minute feature show will start running next week in rotation on Altitude.
'Bouna Time' Charity Donation: Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and the Rapids Foundation put to good use the funds raised through sales of Coundoul's "Bouna Time" commemorative jerseys. Bouna used the monies raised to buy soccer supplies from Dick's Sporting Goods to ship to needy kids in his native Senegal. For the recap of the event as well as to check out exclusive photos click here!
Rapids Team Store Off-season Hours: The Colorado Rapids Official Team Store Altitude Authentics at Dick's Sporting Goods Park has announced the store's off-season operating hours. Get your Rapids gear just in time for the holidays at Altitude Authentics at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and plan your visit during their new opening times! For the full schedule and more details click here.
Bouna to Senegalese National Team: Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul has been called up to the Senegal National Team for the first time in his career. He left last week to join the team in Paris where they will face off against Mali on November 17th and Morocco on November 21st both in France. There are no plans for the matches to be televised in the US.
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.