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Rapids face second conference-leader in five days

Posted on 15 August 2007 by Jeff Cann

Revolution look to dominate Colorado

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO August 15, 2007 — (ASN) The Colorado Rapids [5-9-6; 21 points] host the New England Revolution [10-4-6] on Thursday night at 7 PM MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

The Rapids need help to get into the MLS playoffs as they sit six points behind the Crew. New England looks to add distance to the highly competitive MLS Eastern Conference, with what could be an easy win for them against the offensively anemic Rapids. The Revolution are six points clear of DC United.

The Rapids have won once in their last eleven matches. Last week, they beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0, when Houston midfielder Wayne DeRosario scored an own goal. The Rapids returned to their familiar 4-4-2 formation after several attempts at the popular 3-5-2 formation. Playing the 3-5-2 did not help the Rapids goalscoring – they average less than 0.5 goals per match.

This is the first regular season match between the two teams. Colorado is 14-10-4 all-time against New England.

Facts and Figures

  • Revolution striker Taylor Twellman has scored 9 goals in his career against the Rapids.
  • Rapids Goal Keeper Bouna Coundoul is on pace to set the record for season saves for the Rapids. He has 82 saves this season and allows 1.25 goals per match.
  • New England has advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship game each of the past four years.
  • In Colorado, the Rapids have not lost to New England since 2002.
  • New England begins a two-game road trip in Commerce City.

Injury Report Colorado

OUT: MF Nico Colacula (R hip);
DOUBTFUL: DF Mike Petke (L quadriceps);
PROBABLE: DF Dan Gargan (L shoulder)

New England

OUT: MF Joe Franchino (R peroneal tendon surgery);
DOUBTFUL: FW Arsene Oka (R MCL sprain);
QUESTIONABLE: Chris Loftus (L quadriceps strain);
PROBABLE: GK Doug Warren (concussion

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© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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