MLS Regular Season
Pablo Mastroeni - Head Coach
Colorado Rapids have announced today that Joe Greenspan has been added to their roster and is eligible to play in MLS games after this weekend.
The 22-year-old, an ensign in the US Navy, was recently given an assignment in the Denver area and, this week, was granted permission to train at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with the team.
Following negotiations between both parties, his position has now been formalized so the six foot six inch center back will be able to play and train with the Rapids this season around the fulfillment of his Naval duties.
Matches with rivals Real Salt Lake often have an added edge to them. You just had to witness the flurry of cards shown in the preseason meeting in Tucson, during the Desert Diamond Cup.
Major League Soccer has this season introduced hydration breaks, as recommended by the FIFA Football Medicine Manual.
The League, in line with the sport's governing body, uses the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) index, which factors in - amongst other elements - wind, cloud cover and time of day.
As the weather warms up, hydration breaks may be brought into play, so here are a few things to note:
As Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids prepare to resume hostilities this Sunday, here is a summarized review of the Rocky Mountain Cup history, which began with a meeting at Rice-Eccles Stadium, on April 16, 2005.
Played out in front of more than 25,000 fans, Real Salt Lake snatched a late winner in a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a rare goal from Brian Dunseth. The Rapids team that day included three players who would represent both clubs - Ritchie Kotschau, Nat Borchers (now at Portland Timbers) and Kyle Beckerman.
The Rapids lineup for that opening contest was as follows:
Altitude TV is this year broadcasting 28 of the Colorado Rapids' 34 matches throughout the regular season, 14 home and 14 away, with the other six being picked up on national stations including ESPN, Fox and Univision.
Richard Fleming has returned for a third season and will call play-by-play, while former Rapids and U.S. international Marcelo Balboa provides color analysis.
Welcome Rapids Fans:
This evening we play our third match in the space of a week, and I know that the players are determined to build on last Saturday's battling 1-0 home win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.