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Rapids followers tailgate on Thanksgiving for first time

Rapids followers tailgate on Thanksgiving for first time

One group introduced 23 turkeys, 12 hams and a ton of gravy forward of the Colorado Rapids match towards the Portland Timbers.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Whether or not he is serving sides or cheering from behind sidelines, Draic Sacks brings the identical vitality to Dick’s Sporting Items Park. 

“I bought gravy!” Sacks shouted, ladle in hand and on the prepared. “We bought turkey over there and ham!”

Sacks and his pot filled with gravy have been arrange exterior the stadium Thursday forward of the MLS Western Convention Semifinal matchup between the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers.

“Me and my household, we cooked some turkeys, some hams, mashed potatoes all yesterday,” Sacks stated.

Thursday’s match was the primary ever Main League Soccer playoff recreation performed on Thanksgiving day, and the Colorado Rapids supporters group, Centennial 38, did issues proper.

“Often, we simply have pizza and hotdogs,” Sacks laughed.

Sacks ladled the gravy, however there have been additionally 23 smoked turkeys, 12 smoked hams, and too many sides to rely.

“It’s lots, nevertheless it’s nicely price it,” Sacks stated. “I really like seeing this many individuals right here.

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The Thanksgiving tailgate was distinctive not solely due to the meals, but in addition as a result of what was at stake for the Rapids and their followers.

“For lots of people, it may be simply one other recreation, however for us, it’s going to be a giant deal,” Miguel Sifuentes stated.

Sifuentes hardly ever misses a match. The season ticketholder has been going to Rapids video games since 2009. The Western Convention Semifinals would have felt like a vacation if Thursday hadn’t been one already.

“It’s household,” Sifuentes stated. “It’s a household factor proper right here.”

Sifuentes and members of the Mile Excessive Lokos supporters group arrange their grills and tables alongside Centennial 38.

“On this car parking zone, I do know a minimum of 75% of the folks,” Sifuentes stated. “You already know, it’s a superb day for all of us. For everyone in burgundy.”

Win or lose on Thursday, there was loads for followers to have a good time. 

“You guys have a superb tailgate, okay,” Draic Sacks stated, dumping a ladle filled with gravy onto a fan’s plate. “Pleased Thanksgiving!”

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