Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (5/27/08) – The Colorado Rapids will play two matches in the course of six days this week as the team competes in a US Open Cup "play-in" game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center tonight at 8:30 pm MT and then completes a three-game regular season home stand by hosting FC Dallas this Sunday June 1 at 1pm MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Should Colorado win their match-up with Los Angeles tonight then the Rapids would advance to a second Open Cup "play-in" match against the Kansas City Wizards next Wednesday June 4 at Shawnee Mission North High School in Kansas City at 6 pm MT. The winner of that game will qualify for the 2008 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and enter into the Round of 16.
Rapids fans can follow tonight’s action via matchtracker at The LA Galaxy are also planning to provide a live English broadcast radio feed on their website as well; click here.
Here is a list of the 18 Rapids players that traveled to Los Angeles: Mehdi Ballouchy Herculez Gomez Preston Burpo Conor Casey Terry Cooke Colin Clark Ciaran O’Brien Tom McManus Omar Cummings Kosuke Kimura Rafael Gomes Cesar Zambrano Mike Graczyk Tim Ward Jordan Harvey Brian Grazier Stephen Keel and Nick LaBrocca.
For the full match preview of Sunday’s game featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports as well as a look at all the promotions surrounding the match click here!
US Open Cup Play-In:
Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy
Tonight Tues. May 27
8:30pm MT
Home Depot Center
MLS Regular Season:
Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas
Sun. June 1
1:00 p.m. MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Colorado Rapids 1 vs. Chivas USA 2
Sat. May 24
7:30 p.m. MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Match recap
Video highlights
This week’s injury report has no big shake-ups with only one addition and no one removed from the list.
Defender Mike Petke has been able to add some running exercises to his rehab and midfielder John DiRaimondo looks stronger and stronger and closer to returning each day.
Team Captain Pablo Mastroeni was added to this week’s injury list as questionable with an illness that forced him to come out of last Saturday’s match.

Today's quote comes Fernando Clavijo following the Rapids' 2-1 loss to Chivas USA:
"(Chivas USA) clearly slowed the game down from the beginning. In the first 25 minutes I thought they were a team ready to be beat. We just didn’t do anything to beat them. We were very poor there was no energy and our passing was horrible.
"It just reminded me of (the) San Jose (game) all over again. It seems like we are overlooking teams in distress. It wasn’t what Chivas did it was what we didn’t do. We put on pressure in the last 10 minutes but should have put it the first 80."
Vote for McManus: Rapids fans make sure to vote for Tom McManus’ 40-yard strike against Chivas USA for the best goal in MLS this week. Click here to cast your vote. The weekly winner will vie for the honor of Sierra Mist Goal of the Year.
USA vs. England Viewing Party Tomorrow: Join other Rapids fans for tomorrow's USA vs. England official viewing party at the British Bulldog! Kickoff is set for 1pm MT so come on down to the Bulldog located at Broadway and Stout Streets in Lodo to watch the game live! Details
Rapids Food Drive this Sunday: The Colorado Rapids and Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) will be collecting non-perishable food items prior to the Rapids vs. FC Dallas game from 11:00am-1:00pm outside Gates B and G. Every fan who donates at least one food item on Sunday will receive a Buy One Get One Free ticket voucher to the Rapids vs. Columbus Crew game on Sunday July 27 2008 at 7:30pm.
Rapids Reserve Schedule Changes: The Rapids Reserves' game against the FC Dallas Reserves previously scheduled to be played immediately following the first team's match on Sunday June 1 has been postponed to a later date. Also the Rapids Reserve game versus Los Angeles on June 8th has been moved to occur in conjunction with the teams' October match-up. These moves were made to accomodate future US Open Cup matches.
Hittin' The Road: The Colorado Soccer Tour will be stopping by the Kelvin Norman Memorial Tournament in Aurora as well as the Rock Cup in Castle Rock this Saturday May 31. Looking ahead the Colorado Soccer Tour will be at the Colorado Rush Open on June 6th and the Thornton Soccer Fest on Sunday June 8th. Also don’t forget to stop by the Colorado Soccer Tour at every Rapids home game between Gates B & C on the East side of the stadium! At each event on the schedule the Colorado Soccer Tour promotional team will pull up in the Rapids Mobile Marketing Unit which is packed full of activities prizes and giveaways! The Colorado Soccer Tour is guaranteed to be the star attraction and bring instant excitement to any event or festival! If your organization is interested in having the Colorado Soccer Tour make your community event or festival even more entertaining call the Colorado Soccer Tour hotline today to check availability at 303-727-3506!
Time is Running Out For Half-Season Tix: This week is your last chance to purchase 2008 Rapids Half Season Tickets and 5 Game Packs! Don’t miss out on the great benefits of being a partial season ticket holder like guaranteed seating discounts on Rapids merchandise at Altitude Authentics access to the exclusive Season Ticket Holder Website 50% discounts on half season tickets for kids ages 3-16 and more! Call the Rapids at 303-825-GOAL to order your package today or click here!
Busy Weekend: Over the Memorial Day holiday Dick’s Sporting Goods Park played host to the 14th annual Real Colorado Cup and 2008 Colorado Showcase youth soccer tournaments. With over 400 teams from all over the country participating in both events the world’s largest professional stadium & soccer complex was the center of attention for Colorado youth soccer. To check the results of both tournaments click here.