Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (11/6/07) - The Colorado Rapids yesterday started their second 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.
The team is enjoying the fantastic weather this week which has allowed for ideal trainings 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
Today's quotes come from Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul who leaves tonight on his way to join the Senegalese National Team in Paris his first-ever call-up for his country:
"I’m excited. It’s my first time getting called to the national team. I’ve been watching the national team for a long time. I remember seeing those guys and saying to myself that ‘one day I want to play with these guys.’ Right now is the moment for it and I’m real excited to go there and do my ‘Bouna Time’ stuff.
"Since I joined the Rapids I let everyone back home know that there is a Senegalese goalie in the MLS since everybody else plays in Europe. This year (the Senegal coaches) started to hear a lot about me and some of the games made the highlights. They saw me and they liked me. Right now the coaches are looking for goalies. The (starting goalkeeper) right now has been there for a while and there is no backup.
"When I sent them stuff this year they said to me: 'We really need someone to be the backup goalkeeper.' But as for me I’m not going to Paris to be the backup. They don’t know what I’ve got. I’m going to be that starting goalie."
'Bouna Time' Charity Donation: Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and the Rapids Foundation are attending an event today to put to good use the funds raised through sales of Coundoul's "Bouna Time" commemorative jerseys. This afternoon Bouna is using the monies raised to buy soccer supplies to ship to needy kids in his native Senegal. Visit for a recap from this event in the coming days.
Gomez Makes Final 10 Cut: Rapids striker Herculez Gomez has made the cut to the final 10 candidates up for the 2007 MLS Goal of the Year Award. Gomez is eligible for the award for his fantastic strike against Chicago in the Rapids' second game of the year. Fans are currently voting online for their favorite goal to win and Rapids fans can vote up to 10 times per day to help Herculez win the award online by clicking 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.

MLS Cup Viewing Party Nov. 18: The Rapids are planning to host an official MLS Cup viewing party on 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! Look for full details soon on the Rapids' website!
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 leaves tonight to join the team in Paris where they will face off against Mali and Morocco over the next few weeks.
Rapids Unveil Player Award Winners: At the final regular season home game of 2007 the Rapids unveiled the winners of the club's nine annual player awards. For the full recap of who won which award as well as video clips of each player's acceptance speeches click here.
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 with a deposit of only $50 per seat 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.