COMMERCE CITY CO (10/9/07) - With two games left to go in the MLS regular season your Colorado Rapids are still fighting for one of the last two playoff spots in the chase for the MLS Cup.
In their last match the Rapids were reduced to ten men just after the half-hour mark but a Jovan Kirovski penalty gave the Rapids the lead in the 43rd minute. Colorado would never relinquish that lead despite finishing the game with 9 men on the field.
This coming weekend the Rapids look to stay alive in the playoff hunt when they visit Chivas USA at 1 p.m. MT at the Home Depot Center. The Rapids cannot afford to do anything but win; with a tie they could still stay in playoff contention but would be forced to rely upon Chicago and Kansas City losing.
Colorado Rapids at Chivas USA
This Sunday Oct. 14 at Home Depot Ctr.
Kickoff: 1:00pm MT
Radi KNRV 1150am La Buena Onda
Rapids 1 Toronto FC 0
Sun. Oct. 7 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
UPDATES FROM THE RAPIDS' TRAINING ROOM
The Rapids picked up no new injuries during their last game against Toronto FC either in the first team game or the reserve championship game as part of the night's doubleheader.
Defenders Tony Sanneh and Ugo Ihemelu are both working closer to being able to play this weekend after missing the last game with injuries. Their status will be updated after evaluations at the end of this week.
Rapids Injury Report as of 10/9/07
Out: Dan Gargan (R ACL tear); Herculez Gomez (R ACL and Lateral Meniscus Tears)
Doubtful: Ugo Ihemelu (R Ankle Sprain); Tony Sanneh (R Hamstring strain)
Probable: Conor Casey (R MCL Sprain)
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM COACHING STAFF
Head Coach Fernando Clavijo on the effort of his team against Toront
"I can’t complain with the team's effort against Toronto. However the discipline is something we should do better. Pablo (Mastroeni) and Medhi (Ballouchy) need to do better. Both players are keys to our success and not having them against one of the hottest teams in the league is a letdown for us. Whoever steps onto the field (Sunday vs. Chivas) needs to perform and we need to get a result. We need to win games and put games away. Even though we beat Toronto we put ourselves in a tough spot earlier in the year."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Playoff Scenarios: The Colorado Rapids are one of five teams fighting for the final two playoff spots. Currently the Kansas City Wizards and Chicago Fire hold those spots with the Rapids Columbus Crew and Los Angeles Galaxy on the outside looking in. Should the Wizards and Fire win on Saturday then Colorado would be eliminated. The Rapids also can not lose either of their last two games.
Reserve Champions: For the second straight year the Colorado Rapids Reserves are the MLS Reserve Division Champions. With are record of 7-0-3 the Rapids Reserves captured the crown with two games still to play. On Sunday night the team defeated the Toronto FC Reserves 3-0 behind goals from Jordan Harvey Jose Cancela and Nico Colaluca.
Rapids Helicopter Trips Start Monday: Starting this coming Monday the Rapids organization will take to the skies dropping in on area elementary schools via military helicopter to warn kids about the dangers of drug abuse. It's all part of the Rapids' Red Ribbon campaign and it marks the 7th straight year the Rapids have partnered with the National Guard on this community program. For details call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL!
Take a Photo With the Rocky Mtn. Cup!: At the 2007 Rocky Mountain Cup Championship Match on Sat. Oct. 20 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park the Rapids are giving fans the chance to get their photo taken with the trophy! The "Rocky Mtn. Cup Pack" includes 4 tickets to the game plus a commemorative photo and starts at only $49! Book your pack now before they sell out! For details call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL!
Free Crested Butte Lift Tix Oct. 20!: As part of the Rapids' Fan Appreciation Night festivities at their home game on Oct. 20 the Rapids are distributing FREE lift tickets to Crested Butte Mountain Resort to the first 5000 fans into the stadium! Don't miss this fantastic giveaway just in time for ski season! Get your tickets to the game now! For details call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL!
Oct. 20 Fan Appreciation Pack: Don't miss this great offer for the last Rapids regular-season home game of 2007! On Oct. 20 vs. Real Salt Lake it's the Rapids Fan Appreciation Pack presented by the Rocky Mountain News featuring 4 tickets for only $49! It's a way to say thanks to our fans for their support all year! Get yours while supplies last! For details call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL!
THIS WEEK'S TRAINING SCHEDULE
Colorado Rapids Training Schedule for week of October 8th 2007:
Monday October 8 - Day Off
Tuesday October 9- 10 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Wednesday October 10- 10 a.m. MT closed training session
Thursday October 11 - 10 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Friday October 12 - 10 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Saturday October 13 - 9 a.m. MT training at Rapids Practice Field Dick’s Sporting Goods Park followed by travel to Los Angeles
Sunday October 14 - 1:00pm GAME vs. Chivas USA Home Depot Center followed by travel back to Denver