COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - Your Colorado Rapids will look to repeat their home result against DC United from last season as they host the Eastern Conference club for the only time in Colorado this Sunday May 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
(To watch the Rapids All Access video with a preview of Sunday's match click here).
D.C. United have not won in Colorado since May 6 2000 a span now of eight visits to the Centennial State. The Rapids have won the last four matches at home between the teams dating back to the 2004 season and five of the eight encounters since a 5-2 United victory on May 6 2000.
Kickoff is set for a special mid-day start time of 1:00pm MT at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids are also celebrating the Cinco de Mayo weekend with their "FutboLucha" festival which will begin at 10am in the stadium's VIP parking lots south of the stadium (details below).
Colorado (2-3-0 6 points) enter this week of MLS play as the #3 team in the West. DC are sitting on the same record as the Rapids (2-3-0 6 points) but currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
This will be the first encounter between the Rapids and DC in Colorado since the grand opening of Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 7 of last year. In that match the Rapids christened their new jewel of a stadium with a 2-1 victory over DC with Herculez Gomez recording that historic inaugural goal in the Rapids' new home.
When last these two teams met it was at RFK Stadium in the nation's capital and the Rapids dropped a 4-1 road loss to United on June 28 2007.
The Rapids are 9-13-6 all-time vs. United and hold a 7-5-2 advantage when hosting them in Colorado.
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:
"FUTBOLUCHA" CELEBRATIONS!: The Rapids are offering up an entertainment spectacle of unprecedented proportions this Sunday as the club hosts for the first time ever in the USA a joint major league soccer & wrestling event: Fubol & Lucha together for the first time! Following the Rapids' match vs DC the stadium will host the first-ever official Lucha Libre wrestling event ever held in America featuring 12 of the biggest stars in the sport including the legendary El Hijo de Santo taking on Blue Demon in the marquee match-up. The day will also include live bands food vendors a Tecate beer garden & an interactive festival in the south VIP parking lots outside the stadium from 10am-7pm. The outside festival is free to attend. Combo tickets for the Rapids & Lucha Libre matches start at only $30. For full information on the Rapids FutboLucha celebrations click here.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY: Fans looking to attend both the Rapids game and the Lucha Libre event will need to hold 2 separate tickets on Sunday as the stadium will be cleared between events; fans can purchase combination tickets for $30. Combo tickets are available for purchase by clicking here. Tickets to just the Rapids vs. DC United game itself minus the Lucha Libre event can be purchased online by clicking here. For Rapids season ticket holders and other fans already holding Rapids tickets who wish to attend the Lucha Libre match as well tickets can be purchased for an additional $15. To order yours contact the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL.
IT'S A DAYTIME FAMILY NIGHT!: Sunday's game also features the Rocky Mountain News Rapids Family Night promotion! Fans can get 4 tickets 4 Cokes and 4 hot dogs starting at only $69! Don't miss this unbeatable value for the whole family! Call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL to order yours today or to order your Family Night package online click here!
DONATE SOCCER GEAR ON SUNDAY: The Rapids Foundation is hosting a monthlong soccer equipment drive during the month of May! Starting with this Sunday's game vs. DC fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used soccer gear to donate to needy kids around the world! Bring items to donate and the Rapids will even reward you with tickets! For full details on the Rapids' May Equipment Drive click here.
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 second of 5 games where fans can take advantage of this opportunity and this match's banner offer features Rapids midfielder Christian Gomez. 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.
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!