With Centennial 38's Keep Fighting Tifo covering the west stands, a couple thousand Colorado Rapids season ticket holders welcomed Tim Howard at an open practice at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The first player out for practice was Zac MacMath. He was shortly followed by the rest of the squad as the all earned a round of applause from the crowd.
One of the good things about the Rapids is they also included some members of the academy. They were out there getting some experience with the first team. It also helps the first team by having a good number of players fit practice.
The players began practice with a dynamic warm-up and then separated in not field players and goalkeepers. They slowly progressed into more intensive drills. Just like any soccer practice, from U5 on up.
The players finished with a small field scrimmage with close passing and shots, it was 7v7. For the academy players it was good experience, the veterans were talking and coaching them through it. All for a better club.
The players who started the US Open Cup match on Wednesday went in before the scrimmage.
In addition to the practice, Bobby Burling was getting his work in to recover from knee surgery. Hoping for a quick recovery.
After practice was over the players signed balls and threw them up into the crowd. It was a really nice event for the Rapids and its fans.