2017.06.03 SOCO

Match Preview: Rapids Special Olympics Unified team open their 2017 season against Crew SC

This match preview for the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Unified Team was brought to you by Coca-Cola. 

The Colorado Rapids and Special Olympics Colorado will host their first match of 2017 this Saturday, June 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with the Special Olympics Rapids team taking on their counterparts from Special Olympics Ohio. The match will take place tentatively at 9 p.m. MT following the conclusion of the first team’s match.

Here are the rosters presented by adidas:

Rapids Unified Team Columbus Crew Unified Team
Mackenzie Beauvais-nikl, #0 Joe Conway, #43
Luke Davidson, #88 Craig Green, #3
Marie Egan, #6 Jacquelyn Green, #1
Vincent Egan, #11 Anna Haines, #5
Azur Ewari, #15 Malcom Hardy, #62
Enzo Ewari, #16 Kayla Kauzlarich, #9
Troy Fielder, #14 Sonya Massey-Juilen, #6
Michelle Figueroa, #18 Jason Miller, #4
Erik Franko, #21 John Morales-Ibarra, #10
Alie Goldblatt, #7 Olivia Perry, #14
Jason Horton, #12 Anthony Perry, #24
Michael Nakano, #8 Ryan Phillips, #4
Colton Rice, #2 Joseph Prempeh, #2
Paul Rojas, #5 Kathleen Sperling, #1
Jake Slater, #4 Andre Thomas, #7
Dominic Sisneros, #1 Alvin Tolliver, #1
Jonathan Stephens, #17  
Scotty Stephens, #32  
Lydia Treanor, #28  
Miles Wisner, #25  

The teams will play 11v11, with each half lasting 15 minutes. There will be a five minute halftime. The teams have received coaching, instruction, and mentoring from both Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew SC players.

This exchange program not only provides Special Olympics athletes with top-level training and competitive experiences, but also offers MLS fans an opportunity to witness the talents and abilities of Special Olympics Colorado soccer players’ first-hand.

The Rapids Special Olympics team held their tryouts on April 8 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and selected a 20-person roster, with several new faces this season. Only 16 of the 20 athletes will travel for their one road game, but all will be present for the two home matches.

Through the generosity and financial support of our corporate partners Adidas, Cardel Homes, Coca-Cola, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Transamerica, the program has continued to grow each year.

Before the Special Olympics game, the Rapids face Columbus Crew SC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Click HERE for tickets, or call 303-825-GOAL.

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