Colorado Rapids Tickets for Sale
One sign of hope for 2010 is that there is probably no way that the Rapids will fall victim to the injury bug as much as in 2009, but in addition to forwards Omar Cummings (28 games, 8 goals, 10 assists) and Conor Casey (24 games, 16 goals, 2 assists) providing a potent attack, new additions like mid-fielders Jeff Larentowicz (30 games started, 1 goal, 1 assist for New England) and Wells Thompson (17 games started, 1 goal for New England) will help provide cover in case the injuries begin to pile up once again. A healthy Colorado team should contend for a spot in the postseason.
The Rapids have earned a couple of championship runners-up awards for their trophy case in their fourteen-year history, but, with an MLS Cup runner-up (1997) and a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup runner-up (1999) under their belts, you can bet that Colorado is far from satisfied and will be looking to add some more hardware to their collection in 2010.
This is a team that brings a lot of positive energy into the new season, so order your Colorado Rapids tickets right away and take your seat to share all of this season's excitement at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
The Colorado Rapids were one of the ten founding clubs of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1996, but that inaugural season was probably better off a forgotten one for Colorado. Despite fielding experienced players like Shaun Bartlett (9 goals in 1996-97), Chris Henderson, Chris Woods, Roy Wegerle, and American-born defender Marcelo Balboa (151 games and 24 goals from 1996-2001), as well as English Head Coach Bobby Houghton at the time, the team finished dead last in the Western Conference with the worst record in the league. Balboa went down in Rapids history as the first player ever to score for the franchise and also the first player to ever record a goal at their home of Mile High Stadium in their first home match in 1996.
With a beautiful new stadium and a number of new players, the Colorado Rapids still find themselves competing in a changed and more competitive league than back in 1996 when they joined as one of the original clubs. Although Colorado's solid play has regularly kept them in contention in the past, it just hasn't been enough when going up against some of the newer clubs, who may just be a bit hungrier than the Rapids, and looking to make their mark in the MLS.
The Rapids need to regain the mental toughness and drive to compete well with everything on the line, something which has seemingly eluded Colorado recently, and it will be up to veteran team captain Pablo Mastroeni (25 games, 1 goal, 2 assists) to be the glue that holds this squad together as they try to reverse their fortunes. While it has been bad enough that the Colorado Rapids keep missing out on the postseason, after having formerly been regulars in the MLS playoffs, but what makes it worse for their loyal fans, however, is how the Rapids keep on slipping out of the playoffs at the very last minute, leaving only deep disappointment on the final weekend of play.