Weekly Update: Rapids Return to Denver, Look to March 10 First KickFebruary 27, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Colorado Rapids
KROENKE SPORTS CHARITIES HOSTS MILE HIGH DREAMS GALA ON TUESDAY: Several Colorado Rapids players will attend this year's Mile High Dreams Gala on Tuesday, February 28 at the Pepsi Center, joining other athletes from the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth at the annual event, which gives fans the opportunity to interact with their favorite players, coaches, alumni, dancers and mascots. Rapids players that will be present are Andre Akpan, Quincy Amarikwa, Stew Ceus, Omar Cummings, Steven Emory, Kosuke Kimura, Ross LaBauex, Wells Thompson and Marvell Wynne. All proceeds benefit education, health and fitness programs supported by Kroenke Sports Charities. For more information or to order tickets, call 303-405-1166 or click here.
MARTIN RIVERO ARRIVES IN DENVER: The Rapids new Argentinian attacking midfielder MartÃ-n Rivero arrived in Denver on Monday morning, and will begin training with his teammates on Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The 22-year-old had spent his entire club career with Rosario Central in Argentina before joining the Rapids, and could see his first time with his new club in Saturday's scrimmage.
OMAR CUMMINGS WITH JAMAICAN NATIONAL TEAM: Rapids forward Omar Cummings has joined the Jamaican National Team for their upcoming friendly against New Zealand in Auckland this Wednesday, February 29. He departed from the Rapids on Friday after playing in Thursday's match against Yokohama FC in Hawaii, and will return to Denver at the end of the week. Cummings has 27 career caps with the Reggae Boyz and eight goals in international competition, having most recently appeared with the team against Honduras on Oct. 11.
RAPIDS HOST 2012 KICKOFF LUNCHEON ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7: The Colorado Rapids will host their annual Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Denver Marriott City Center. The event, from which proceeds will benefit Kroenke Sports Charities, offers fans the opportunity to meet the team and hear from club executives and Head Coach Oscar Pareja. Interested fans can purchase a table for $1,000 (nine guests and one Rapids player or coach) or an individual ticket for $100. For more information or to purchase a table or ticket, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-727-3517.
RAPIDS GO 1-1-0 IN FIRST ANNUAL HAWAIIAN ISLANDS INVITATIONAL: The Colorado Rapids finished third in the inaugural Hawaiian Islands Invitational, held last week. They opened the tournament with a 2-1 loss against Japanese side Yokohama FC, giving up two goals early in the second half before defender Drew Moor scored his first of the preseason. In the next match, against Melbourne Heart of Australia, rookie Tony Cascio scored on a beautiful strike to earn the team a 1-0 win. For full recaps or more information on the Hawaiian Islands Invitational, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com and www.HawaiianIslandsInvitational.com .
RAPIDS PLAY FINAL MATCH OF PRESEASON ON SATURDAY: The Colorado Rapids have just one match remaining in their 2012 Preseason schedule: a scrimmage against the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, March 3 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. This will be their last competitive match before kicking off the 2012 MLS season against Columbus Crew on Saturday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. at home. The schedule of the team's preseason competitions are below:
COLORADO RAPIDS - PRESEASON MATCHES 2012
DAY DATE OPPONENT (LOCATION) RESULT (SCORERS)/TIME*
Sun Feb 5 Ventura County Fusion (Oxnard, CA) 0-0 T
Tue Feb 7 Chivas USA (Carson, CA) 1-0 W (Amarikwa)
Fri Feb 10 San Jose Earthquakes (San Luis Obispo, CA) 2-1 L (Castrill"n)
Sat Feb 11 San Jose (35-min game, San Luis Obispo, CA) 1-0 W (Cascio)
Sat Feb 11 Cal Poly (35-min game, San Luis Obispo, CA) 1-0 W (Akpan)
Tue Feb 21 Hawaii Pacific U (60-min game, Honolulu, HI) 2-1 W (Akpan, Palguta)
Thu Feb 23 Yokohama FC (Honolulu, HI) 2-1 L (Moor)
Sat Feb 25 Melbourne Heart (Honolulu, HI) 1-0 W (Cascio)
Sat Mar 3 Colorado School of Mines (DSGP) TBD
SAT MAR 10 COLUMBUS CREW (OPENING DAY) 4:00 p.m. MT
RAPIDS OPEN SEASON ON MARCH 10 AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK: The Colorado Rapids kick off the 2012 regular season on Saturday, March 10 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, hosting the Columbus Crew. For more information on season tickets and advance ticket sales, call (303) 825-GOAL or visit www.ColoradoRapids.com.
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