Tim Hinchey

Matchday Welcome: Rapids host Chivas USA

Rapids Fans:

Welcome to Pablo Mastroeni Night here at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park! Tonight’s game, presented by MetroPCS, is a great chance to celebrate the career of one of the best American players ever, and a true Rapids legend. We are glad that so many of you have come out to enjoy the pregame ceremony with Pablo and his family, and see the unveiling of his name in our Gallery of Honor. For somebody who has meant so much to this club and this state, it’s wonderful that we’re able to recognize his achievements on the field for the Rapids.

This match tonight will be difficult, but we’re excited for the opportunity to get a little revenge against Chivas USA. They’ve been one of the better teams in MLS recently, and while we’re happy to see our former assistant coach Wilmer Cabrera doing well in his role as head coach with Chivas, we hope their run of good form doesn’t continue tonight! It will be great to have some players back from suspension, including Vicente Sánchez and Nick LaBrocca, and we’ll be looking for all three points.

I have a couple of notes on some exciting upcoming events with the Rapids. First, remember that our next home game is a week away, on Saturday, August 2, when we host Real Salt Lake. We were so proud to win back the Rocky Mountain Cup last year, and we will need a result to have a chance to keep hold of the Cup. Our supporters, who first created this competition, play such a big role in making Dick’s Sporting Goods Park a fortress, and we need all of your support cheering the team on!

Also, our fifth annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament is taking place on Monday, August 25, at The Club at Pradera in Parker, Colo. I’ll be out there, along with Rapids players and coaches, and all the money that we raise that day will go to Kroenke Sports Charities. It’s a great cause and a lot of fun, so I hope to see many of you out there! For more information, or find out how to register, follow this link.

Thanks again for coming out to tonight’s match! If you happen to be reading this and don’t yet have tickets, be sure to click here or call 303-825-GOAL, as we hope to have everyone out here celebrating the career of Pablo Mastroeni. As always, if you need anything, please speak to a Rapids Customer Service Representative, and I’m always available on Twitter at @tkhinchey3.

Come on you Rapids!

Tim Hinchey

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