Sounders Insider

Sounders to play charity friendly in Colorado

Seattle Sounders FC will provide the opposition as the Colorado Rapids hold their inaugural “Charity Shield” match Friday, March 19 at 6 p.m. PT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Here are highlights of the press release from the Rapids:

Proceeds from the match this year will be donated to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) to aid relief efforts in Haiti.

The model for the Rapids Charity Shield is based upon Charity or Community Shield games in England, where they are a long standing tradition, annually having the champions of the FA Premier League face the winners of the FA Cup with all proceeds going to charity.

The Colorado Rapids 2010 Charity Shield will be the first of its kind in the history of Major League Soccer.

The Rapids 2010 Charity Shield will also help kick off the club’s 2010 season and generate excitement as the Rapids approach their regular season opener on the road against Chivas USA on Sunday, March 28 at The Home Depot Center.

The Sounders open the MLS regular season at home March 25 against the Philadelphia Union.