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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(All times Eastern)
Colorado (8-6-6) at New England (7-11-2), 7:30 p.m.
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Revolution will aim to
put the brakes on a lengthy losing streak on Wednesday when the clubs returns
home to face the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium.
There was a time, earlier in the season, when the Revs were on top of the
Eastern Conference with 23 points following a 2-1 victory over D.C. United on
But since then, Jay Heaps' club has not earned a single point in league play
and is stuck in a potentially season-crippling eight-match losing streak
which dropped the club down to sixth place in the East -- outside the playoff
Last week's loss to Columbus was just the latest in the Revs extraordinary run
of futility. Columbus struck first just moments before the intermission when
Federico Higuain curled home an excellent free kick, putting the Revs behind
the eight-ball by conceding the first goal for the eighth time this season.
But Heaps' team found an equalizer five minutes into the second half which
provided some renewed life, but Columbus snatched all three points four
minutes from time when Ethan Finlay latched onto Justin Meram's chipped pass
and buried his shot.
"As much as the play is in the middle of the field and back and forth, it
comes down to what happens at each end of the field," said Scott Caldwell.
"We're not doing well enough at each end. We've got to change that."
"You've got to roll up your sleeves and keep going forward," said Heaps. "It's
awful. It's really tough, but at the same time, you've got to keep perspective
and keep digging. I think our guys, we've got to keep going. We have a really
young team and we know we can win games in this league, and we've got to find
a way quick."
Colorado, meanwhile, is coming off a comfortable 3-0 drubbing of Chivas USA
last week, to move into third place in the Western Conference with 30 points
from 20 matches.
Midfielder Nick LaBrocca?s 16th minute off-balance curler and Drew Moor?s
header off a corner 10 minutes later gave the Rapids a comfortable 2-0 lead,
while Gabriel Torres cemented the result with his first goal of the season 15
minutes from time.
It was a fitting way for the Rapids to pay homage to head coach Pablo
Mastroeni, who was honored for his exceptional playing career prior to the
"It was a beautiful evening," Mastroeni said. "It was great to have my family
and friends in town and cap it off with a wonderful performance from the
"It was a very good performance from the guys. I think defensively we were
really tight and didn't allow anything. I've been saying all year, if you're
good defensively, you're going to get good attacking opportunities. I think we
relished those moments in the first half going forward, and could have had a
few more. But again, the defensive effort, the mindset, the mentality - it was
spot on tonight."
Wednesday's match will be the first of the season between the clubs, which
last met on July 17, 2013 -- a 2-1 win for the Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods
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