Monday, January 16, 2012

Palm Trees And Sand For Rapids Preseason

The Rapids released their preseason plans today. They'll be making two trips, first to Oxnard and San Luis Obispo in California and second to Hawai'i for the Hawaiian Islands Invitational Tournament. In between the trips they'll be training out at the Dick. The first day of training is a week from today, though players report on Thursday for physicals and fitness assessments.

While in California they'll have matches against Chivas USA and the Earthquakes. In Hawai'i they'll play Yokohama FC of the Japanese J-League Division 2 and the winner of the match between the Melbourne Victory of the Australian A-League and Busan I'Park of the South Korean K-League.

Here's the full schedule for preseason and the match schedule:

Jan.19: Players report, physical examinations
Jan. 20-21: Fitness assessment and testing
Jan. 22: Day off
Jan. 23: First day of training, 10:00 a.m., Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (open to media)
Jan. 24-Feb. 3: Training in Denver
Feb. 4-12: Training in California (Oxnard, San Luis Obispo)
Feb.13-18: Training in Denver
Feb.19-27: Training in Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaiian Islands Invitational)
Feb. 28-March 9: Training in Denver
Sat., March 10: First Kick: Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew, 4:00 p.m. MT, Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park

Tue., Feb 7: vs Chivas USA (TBD)
Fri., Feb. 10: vs San Jose Earthquakes (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Thu., Feb. 23: vs Yokohama FC (Honolulu, HI), 8:30 p.m. HST
Sat., Feb. 25: vs Busan I’Park/Melbourne Heart (Honolulu, HI), TBD

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