Commerce City, Colo. - When the Colorado Rapids take the field against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, they should be well supported as they look to clinch a playoff berth. Nearly 300 players and their families from the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, the Rapids newest adidas Alliance partner, will be making the 4-5 drive to California to support their professional team, the Rapids.
Las Vegas Soccer Club president Roger Tabor helped organize the outing, which originally consisted of 200 U-6 to U-18 players and their families making the road trip. The LA Galaxy staff assisted in accommodating the group in section 135, which is opposite the benches, on the TV, at around the top of the box closest to the player tunnel at the Home Depot Center. However, as the group kept growing, more space was needed so section 235 became the overflow area.
Rapids Academy Director of Operations, Brian Crookham, and Alliance Technical Director, Steve Cooke, are traveling from Colorado and will meet the Las Vegas group outside the stadium, where they will provide the entire traveling party burgundy Rapids T-shirts at the pre-game tailgate.
"This is their team," said Crookham. "Through the alliance, they are connected with what we are doing on a daily basis. For them to have this opportunity to see their home pro team is exciting."
The Vegas club joined the Rapids adidas Alliance in April 2010, becoming the fifth club to partner with the Rapids and the first outside of Colorado. In July, the Rapids U-17 team that participated in the 2010 SUM Cup in Houston included three players from the Vegas club - Andrew Rodrigues, Matt Polster, and Juan Carlos Regalado - as well as technical director, Dan Stone.