COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - Fresh off their 1-0 win at New England on Saturday your Western-Conference leading Colorado Rapids look to continue their fine form this Saturday as they host ex-Rapids player Joe Cannon and the rest of the expansion side San Jose Earthquakes for the only time this season this Saturday night.
(To watch the Rapids All Access video with players and coaches previewing Saturday's match click here).
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Stadium gates will open at 6:30 p.m.
Colorado (2-1-0 6 points) enter the fourth week of MLS play as the #1 team in the West. Your Rapids have scored seven goals on the season to date from seven different players.
San Jose (0-2-0 0 points) currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference. In their first two matches of the season against LA and Chicago San Jose have yet to record a goal.
This will be the first encounter between the Rapids and the new expansion club this season. When last these two teams met in the Quakes' former incarnation before the franchise was relocated away from San Jose the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 13 2005 in San Jose.
The Rapids are 16-19-5 all time vs. the Quakes and hold a 9-9-2 all-time record vs. San Jose when hosting them in Colorado.
The Rapids' rookie midfielder Ciaran O'Brien who was handed down a two match suspension by MLS for his injurious tackle on LA forward Carlos Ruiz in the season opener is now cleared to be selected by Fernando Clavijo for Saturday's match.
For the full match preview of this game visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports by clicking here!
RAPIDS GAME PROMOTIONS FOR SATURDAY'S MATCH:
IT'S KIDS NIGHT!: Saturday's game is the first of the season that features the Rapids Kids Night promotion! This unbeatable deal gives kids ages 16 & under the chance to get a FREE ticket to the game with the purchase of every adult ticket. For more details and to take advantage of this special offer for Saturday's match click here or call the Rapids Ticket Hotline at (303) 825-GOAL.
RAPIDS FOUNDATION BANNER SALES: The Rapids Foundation the official non-profit charity of the club will be offering some unique pieces of the Rapids' 2008 advertising campaign for purchase at Saturday's game. Streetpole banners that were displayed around town before the start of the season featuring different Rapids stars can now be taken home by fans with a donation to the Rapids Foundation. This will be the first of 5 games where fans can take advantage of this opportunity and this match's offer features Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. For full details click here.
BYPASS GATE & CONCESSION LINES: The Rapids are giving their most loyal fans the chance to bypass lines with express entrances at stadium gates as well as designated personal lines at concession stands around Dick's Sporting Goods Park! Why wait in line when you can breeze into the stadium and directly up to the food counter? You can also get discounts at the team store and the Rapids will reward you with prize points every time you make a purchase at the stadium! It's all made possible with the Rapids Kickback Card! Don't have yours? To find out how to get a Kickback Card click here.
ARVADA EDGE YOUTH SOCCER NIGHT: Saturday's match is also the Spring Youth Soccer Club Night for the Arvada Edge! All teams staff and families of the Edge qualify for specially discounted tickets to this match! For details and to order tickets by phone Arvada Edge families can call the Rapids at 303-727-3538.
FIELDSIDE SEATS STILL AVAILABLE: Have you always wanted to sit down on the pitch during a Rapids game? See your heroes up close and personal from only feet away? Now you can with the Rapids' brand new fieldside seats located directly behind the fieldboards on the East sideline down on the field level! Fieldsie seat holders also get exclusive access to free food and drinks in the Rapids Pitch Club down on the NE corner of the field! Order your fieldside seats online by clicking here!