Friday, October 15, 2010
Rapids add mental toughness to aid with playoff push
As has been the case the last two seasons, Colorado plays its final game against Real Salt Lake, and by any means possible the Rapids don't want to come down with another case of deja vu. After it was denied a playoff berth in 2008 and 2009 on the last day of the season, Coach Gary Smith has rebuilt Colorado into one of the most successful teams in MLS. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney talks to the Rapids' players and staff about all the change.
“Another thing we talked about during the offseason was adding that toughness, that strong mentality, and bringing in guys accustomed to winning and being in the playoffs,” says Bravo. “Getting Jeff [from the Revs, along with Thompson] was a big offseason move for us. He’s a great person off the field as well, but you see him in practice, getting after guys if they’re not sticking to the game plan. Those kind of guys are infectious and certainly been a positive influence on our group and the team in general.”
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 6:02 AM