SUNRISE FL (2/12/08) - After arriving in Florida last night as part of the club's first leg of preseason training the Rapids got to work this morning in the first of two training sessions on the day.
The coaches ran the team through some warm-ups and fitness drills during the first hour of practice. Following that the team was split with the first team playing keep away.
On the other side of the pitch the rookies took on the reserves in a couple of possession games. In the first game they had to play the ball to the ‘keeper’s feet and retain possession to earn a point.
During the second the goalkeepers had to remain in a triangle as they caught a ball played to them in the air to score.
Rapids fans will be pleased to hear that despite their injuries at the end of the last season both Dan Gargan and Herculez Gomez were playing all out in today's training sessions.
The Rapids who had been scheduled to be back on the field this afternoon will instead be going to a nearby gym to do some weightlifting due to a waterlogged pitch.
Be sure to check back in with ColoradoRapids.com every Tuesday for continued updates and player blogs from spring training!
Preseason: Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
Fri. Feb. 22
7:30 p.m. ET
Cricket Stadium at at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill Florida
Ticket prices: $10 for adults $5 for kids 18 & under
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
The entire team made the preseason trip to Florida. Conor Casey (ACL) Kevin Forrest (lower leg) and Ugo Ihemelu (hip) were the only three not fully participating in training sessions.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Head Coach Fernando Clavijo on the first day of the Flordia training camp:
"We were looking to come to South Florida to get outdoors and on grass. Unfortunately the bad weather has followed from Denver as it is pouring rain and we aren’t going to be able to do what we wanted to this afternoon. It was great for the guys this morning to get back on grass and to get playing. We had a long journey yesterday but the guys are excited. Even though it is raining they are happy to finally see some 75-degree weather."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES
Rapids Hire Chris Litt as Head Athletic Trainer: Chris Litt joins the Rapids just in time for spring training coming to the team from the Colorado Crush where he served in the same capacity for the last two years. His background includes working with the Jacksonville Jaguars and serving as the head athletic trainer for the men’s basketball team and assistant football athletic trainer for Jacksonville University. Chris has also worked with the San Diego Chargers and Padres. A graduate of San Diego State University he earned his bachelors of science in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training.
Rapids Academy Update: This past weekend the Rapids Academy's U-16 & U-18 youth teams officially started their season as the two teams traveled to California for two matches each. Against the Irvine Strikers the Rapids U-18's tied 3-3 and the U-16's suffered their first loss 5-0. The following day vs. traditional Southern California power Pateadores who produced this year's #1 MLS SuperDraft pick Chance Meyers the U-18's won 2-1 and the U-16's tied 2-2. Both groups will continue training all this week at Dick's Sporting Goods Park before departing for Frisco TX this weekend where they will play Carmel Indiana and Illinois' Metro United.
Rapids Launch Adult Soccer League: Looking for a new adult soccer league? Want to play on the best soccer fields complex in the nation? Then the new Colorado Rapids Adult Soccer League is perfect for you! It's an eight game 11 vs. 11 format with games beginning on Sunday March 2nd. Details
Gargan on 'From the Pitch' Tonight: Rapids defender Dan Gargan will be the featured guest tonight on Marcelo Balboa's 'From the Pitch' radio program live from spring training in Florida. Fans can tune in live tonight starting at 6pm on KRCN 1060am or listen online via the internet by clicking here!
Tryouts Now Closed: The deadline has now passed to apply for an invtiation to the Rapids' 2008 tryout taking place on Feb. 24. Thanks to everyone who applied for an invitation to attend; all applicants by this time have been notified if their application was accepted or not. The next chance prospective players will have to try out for the club will be March of next year.
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 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.