Rapids fans head to Toronto to support the team
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Section 134 at BMO Field will be rocking with Colorado
Rapids fans this Sunday for MLS Cup.
About 80 Rapids fans are digging deep into their savings and
making the trip from Denver to Toronto for the big game. While the team, front
office staff and players’ friends and families travel in style on a charter
plane, Colorado fans will be making their way to Buffalo, N.Y., to stay the
night before taking the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Toronto in a variety of
buses and minivans.
Once there, they will be hosted by Toronto FC fans as well
as attending the Supporters’ Summit, which will include a State of the League
presentation by MLS Commissioner, Don Garber.
Jon Forget, president of the British Bulldog Supporters’
Group, said the U-Sector – one of several TFC supporters’ groups – would be
hosting the traveling fans in a downtown bar about ten minutes walk from the
stadium. He added that another group, the Red Patch Boys, would be doing their
bit to welcome FC Dallas fans.
“This has been excellent; it couldn’t be any better,” Forget
said of the group, which was only formed this year and is based out of The
British Bulldog soccer bar in downtown Denver. “We are having a ball and I am
really pleased such a great group of people have devoted their efforts,
especially as the team is playing so well.”
Josh Vaisman, a committee member of the Class VI supporters’
group, said he has been attending Rapids games since relocating to Colorado
from Wisconsin in 1997. That year marked the first and only time that Colorado
has reached MLS Cup, but another appearance in the final makes the 13 year
drought worth it.
“I’ve never been to a championship game in any sport and I
am beyond excited,” he told MLSsoccer.com. “One of the most exciting things
about moving to Denver was that they had a professional soccer team.”
Vaisman said he expects the Rapids to prevail 2-1 with Drew
Moor notching the winner on a set piece against his old team. Forget said he
also expects the Rapids to win through a combination of sturdy defense, strong
attacking and better suitability to the cold temperatures.
“Our defense has enough speed and strength to deal with
Dallas and we are creating a ton of chances,” he said. “The way the chances are
being created by Omar (Cummings) and Conor (Casey) and the hunger in the team,
I think is going to surprise a lot of people.”
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