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RAPIDS TRAINING REPORT: PREPARING FOR CHICAGO

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Colin, Wells, and Andy

Training Observations:

  • The players did some fitness today before playing short sided games
  • Ross LaBauex was one of the top performers in the fitness drills.
  • Andy Lorei is still training with the team. So far, the coaching staff likes what they see.
  • Nick Cardenas is on a one week trial with the Rapids. Cardenas, a Colorado native, was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 Superdraft by the Kansas City Wizards. He’s a 6’5 center defender out of San Diego State University. He scored 10 goals for the Aztecs mainly off of set pieces. He was named First Team All-Pac 10 in 2009 and was the 2006 Pac 10 Freshman of the Year. He also spent a little time with the US U20′s. He looked ok at training today, he’s a big guy.
  • Marvell Wynne wasn’t at training he’s back in Toronto getting his things.
  • Colin Clark is looking sharper.
  • Jaime Smith still has a sore hamstring but the staff is hoping he’ll train at full speed later this week.
  • Oscar Murillo has some great skill but bad habits. I think Coach Smith wants him to simplify his game a little.
  • Baudet is healthy.
  • Kimura and Cummings, as always, were the last two players to leave training.

Notes:

  • The Rapids face the Chicago Fire in their home opener this Saturday, April 3 at 2pm.
  • Coach Smith and Paul Bravo have reiterated their desire to bring in an attacking or creative player.

Final Thoughts:

It is easy to see that morale is good at the moment. The win on Friday was their first win since September 5th and I know it must be a relief to get back to winning ways.

Although everyone is happy with the win, the coaching staff knows the team has more to offer.  Coach Smith is still waiting to get the best out of players like Larentwoicz, Mastroeni, and Clark.  All three missed a large portion of preseason with injury. Baudet and Smith are shaking of their injuries and hoping to debut this weekend against Chicago.  Newcomers, LaBauex, Earls, and Akpan are still finding their feet at the professional level.  In addition, the staff knows they are missing a creative player up top or on the wings.

The Rapids aren’t there yet, but they are taking steps forward.  Hopefully the team peaks at the right time and they end this playoffs drought.

FC DENVER SELLING $14 TICKETS TO RAPIDS HOME OPENER

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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FC Denver and the Green Army are selling $14 tickets on the terrace for the Rapids home opener against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, April 3 at 2pm.  The Rapids started the season on a high note, defeating Chivas USA on the road. The Fire, led by three time World Cup veteran Brian Mcbride, is looking for their first win of the season after falling to NY in the season opener.

Contact us at: dvalenzuela13@gmail.com if you are interested in tickets. Please contact us by Wednesday.

FC Denver is providing tickets at a low price because we want all the soccer fans in Denver to join us for a memorable afternoon of soccer.  Here is what people have said about the Supporters Terrace:

“The Rapids’ Supporters Terrace will be a perfect opportunity for us to take our fan experience to a new level,” said Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush. “We believe that through our supporters groups and those most dedicated Rapids fans, the Supporters Terrace will create that truly authentic soccer experience at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.”

The new Supporters Terrace will allow each of the Rapids’ various supporters groups and other rabid fans a place to call their own in the stadium. Flags, banners, instruments, singing and other passionate support of the team at home games will all be encouraged, making the Supporters Terrance the place to be for Colorado’s most enthusiastic soccer fans. Special vending options will also only be available for Terrace fans.

“The Rapids have proved with the creation of the Rapids Supporters Terrace that their main focus is building an atmosphere that all supporters can be proud of,” said Mark Bodmer, Founder of Rapids Supporters Club Class VI. “The Supporters Terrace will allow Rapids fans to now become an influencing twelfth man. This move speaks loudly and shows the Rapids’ commitment to soccer fans.”

“What makes this such a big announcement is that the Rapids are involving the fans in the decision-making process,” added Patrick Quinn, president of the Centennial Firm Rapids Supporters Club. “The organization is showing that they are supportive of us and want to help us create an environment where we as supporters can grow and be successful.”

“The Bobbies are thrilled to join the other Rapids Supporters Groups in the newly-commissioned Supporters Terrace at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park,” said Jon Forget, President of the newly formed Bulldog Rapids Supporters Group, also known as The Bobbies. “The Rapids organization has put their best foot forward to help improve the gameday atmosphere at the stadium, and our group is looking forward to joining the other Rapids Supporters Groups in making the Terrace the epicenter of an elevated atmosphere at the park.”

I hope everyone can make it out to the big match.

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