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Preview: Colorado @ New England

Posted on 06 May 2011 by Matty Jollie

After a dreadful trip out to Carson, CA that resulted in a 3-0 defeat to Chivas USA, the New England Revolution (2-3-3, 9pts) return home to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night to face the defending MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids (4-3-1, 13pts). New England finds themselves amidst an incredibly tumultuous stretch of play, going 2-3-0 in their last five matches in all competitions. It’s a stretch that has had it all: wins, losses, new player acquisitions, the addition of a jersey sponsor, and yet another trip out to the West Coast. If the Revolution are to return to winning ways in the league, coming home to Foxboro is definitely a good start as they enter the third month of the season. Colorado has had an inconsistent start to the season, producing good victories, and some rough losses, but have found better form as of late, and are coming off a come-from-behind victory over Houston Dynamo at mid-week. Can New England overcome the injury bug and produce a result at home against the champs? Let’s see how they match up:


GOALKEEPERS – New England looks like it will have Matt Reis available for the match after overcoming a little discomfort in his strained shoulder, giving the Revs a huge boost at the back. It’s been evident that New England does in fact lose a little organization and cohesion without their #1 keeper, and just his presence at the back increases the level of play at the back. For Colorado, there may not be a keeper playing better than Matt Pickens at the moment. Pickens made several key saves in preserving the Rapids 2-1 victory on Wednesday night, and has come up big for the Rocky Mountain club all season long. ADVANTAGE: COLORADO. Pickens is arguably the best up and coming keeper in the league, and Matt Reis’s shoulder still causes concern.

DEFENDERS – It’s been a difficult go for New England at the back recently, surrendering 7 goals in their last 3 matches in all competitions, and it can be attributed to a few factors, most glaringly, the massive injury bug that has plagued the defense all season.  Didier Domi was added to the injury report this week and will not play, Franco Coria is listed as questionable and most likely will take one more week to heal, which leaves the Revs with a hole at left back (Ryan Cochrane should fill in for Coria at CB) and it will be either Chris Tierney or Darrius Barnes sliding into Domi’s place at LB. The addition of Reis helps the Revs defensively, but a patchwork back four will have to play extremely well against the talented Rapids attack. Colorado has more than enough talent in their back line, with veterans like Drew Moor, Kosuke Kimura, and Tyrone Marshall, and have recently found a good run of form as of late. Colorado has yet to concede multiple goals in their last four matches and with Pickens’ great play in net, look for Colorado to stifle the paltry Revs attack. ADVANTAGE: COLORADO. Until New England gets healthy, they’re going to have to find ways to put together a solid defensive effort, and with Colorado playing well, it’s difficult to see New England posting a clean sheet.

MIDFIELDERS – Quite possibly the best matchup on the field Saturday night will be found in the center of the park. New England and Colorado both boast great midfield leadership, and it is more than likely the match will be won and lost in central midfield. For New England, it may be the first time you see the three-headed monster of Ousmane Dabo, Shalrie Joseph, and Benny Feilhaber, a trio that has excited Revs’ fans since the acquisition of Feilhaber two weeks ago. There will be no lack of talent in that group, so one has to wonder how well they can mesh together and create chemistry. The Revolution will likely again be without Marko Perovic, who continues to battle a knee strain, which will most likely keep Zak Boggs in the starting eleven for Steve Nicol.  Colorado has a great midfield of its own, with World Cup veteran Pablo Mastroeni, and former Revolution standout Jeff Larentowicz.  The pair have patrolled the Rapids midfield well all season, and are joined by talented wingers as well in Jamie Smith and Wells Thomspon (another former Revs player). Thompson has thrived in the Colorado system, given more freedom to flow and create, and teammate Jamie Smith found the back of the net on Wednesday night and continues to improve his form with each match. ADVANTAGE: EVEN. Dead Even. There’s talent all over the midfield for both sides, and each club has its own strength. New England is slightly better in the midfield at full strength, while Colorado will have the better wing play and service.

FORWARDS – Since the acquisition of Danish League star Rajko Lekic, New England has had little question as to who their top choice striker is. Lekic hasn’t produced multiple goals, but most of that can fall upon the lack of service given to him from his teammates. Lekic is a target striker, which means he needs proper service to thrive, and he is still struggling to find the right chemistry with his new teammates. Look for Lekic to be joined by Zack Schilawski, who has seen a drop in form lately, but given the Revs’ lack of depth at the forward position, it’s difficult to see Steve Nicol leave him out of the lineup.  Colorado boasts a wealth of talent up top, however, will be without USA international Conor Casey, who will most likely need one more week to recover from his left hamstring strain. The striker responsibilities have fallen upon MLS veteran Omar Cummings, who has always played well against New England, however, Cummings picked up a knock on Wednesday night and had to be subbed off. Without Cummings, it will be a combination of Caleb Folan (Folan came on for Cummings at halftime on Wednesday) Quincy Amrikwa or Andre Akpan, who have each done a decent job of filling in. For all of the talent up top, Colorado hasn’t scored many goals as of late, and if that trend continues, New England will have a chance to steal a result. ADVANTAGE: EVEN. Believe it or not, neither team is lighting up the scoreboard. Colorado may have more talent and depth, but they’ve only scored 3 goals in their last 5 league matches, and if there is one thing New England has done this season, it’s finding ways to score goals in any way possible.

PREDICTION – At first glance, you would think Colorado would handle New England and come away with three points. However, with two matches in four days coupled with a cross country trip, Colorado just may be ripe enough for the Revs’ to pick.  Neither side is scoring goals at an alarming rate, and the midfield battle is an absolute push. It’s going to be exciting, incredibly physical, and a stalemate. Look for both sides to come away with a point. SCORE: NEW ENGAND 1 – COLORADO 1.



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Rocky Mountain clash ends in dismal 1-1 draw

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Patrick McShane

It was another fascinating installment of the Rocky Mountain Cup Saturday night, as Real Salt Lake came back in added time to steal a 1-1 draw from the Colorado Rapids. It has been a contentious relationship between both rivals over the years, particularly last season as RSL eliminated Colorado’s playoff hopes on the final match of the season while simultaneously sealing their own playoff dreams. Add to the equation that many key RSL players used to ply their trade with the Rapids, and it makes every meeting between both teams personal and filled with bad blood.

Thanks to the sordid history between both clubs, matches are typically not very entertaining and often end up being a physical, scattered affair. Saturday night was no different, as neither team could get any sort of rhythm early in the match and both were trying to play chances over the top with the long ball. RSL in particular appeared to struggle with their tactics as they fielded a largely unconventional lineup of role players in order to rest their starters for their CONCACAF meeting between Toronto FC on Tuesday. This meant that usual starters Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Alvaro Saborío, and Robbie Findley were all watching the match from the bench, while Javier Morales and Jamison Olave weren’t featured in the game day 18.

Because of the lack of cohesion between teammates, the match had little-to-no offensive production, with much of the match being played in the middle of the pitch. While RSL produced a couple of chances early on, it was Colorado that struck first with Conor Casey heading home the opening goal off of a brilliant cross from Kosuke Kimura. While the finish was class and Casey easily beat stand-in center defender Rauwshan McKenzie, the goal was completely against the run of play and surprised both the Rio Tinto fans and RSL. Noted RSL coach Jason Kreis after the match: “I’m pleased with everything except for 15 seconds in the first half when we gave away that goal. I thought that was a play completely against the run of play.”

Hoping that the infusion of typical starters would jumpstart a rally, Kreis inserted Beckerman, Saborío, and Johnson early in the second half. Though these substitutions produced a better looking display of soccer, both teams continued to struggle to create substantial chances in the final third. As regular time came to an end, it appeared that Colorado defender Marvell Wynne committed a blatant handball in the box. While referee Ramon Hernandez initially awarded the penalty kick to RSL, he later changed his call after consulting with his linesman and instead ruled a surprising drop ball. With the reversed call it felt like RSL’s lone chance to earn an underwhelming draw had passed, until Borchers came to the rescue with an unexpected goal off the back of his head to secure the 1-1 draw and the continuity of RSL’s undefeated home streak.

RSL will now turn their attention to a chaotic upcoming schedule, playing 6 matches in 18 days between MLS and CONCACAF Champions League play. While the draw to Colorado is disappointing, the possible positive outcome of resting so many starters could be actualized on Tuesday if RSL were to beat or tie Toronto FC and earn their way into the Championship Stage. “We’re going to put all our cards on the table for [the game in Toronto],” noted Kreis. “I feel like that is the one we have to get a result in to wrap up this Champions League stuff so that we can turn our focus to the Supporters Shield and the playoffs.”

REAL SALT LAKE (13-4-9, 48 pts.) v. COLORADO RAPIDS (10-7-8, 38 pts.)

Scoring Summary:
COL — Conor Casey 11 (Kosuke Kimura 1, Brian Mullan 1) 36
RSL — Nat Borchers 1 (Andy Williams 6) 93+

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Conor Casey (caution; Reckless Foul) 10
COL — Marvell Wynne (caution; Reckless Foul) 16
RSL — Pablo Campos (caution; Tactical Foul) 32
RSL — Fabian Espindola (caution; Dissent) 66
RSL — Collen Warner (caution; Dissent) 78
COL — Anthony Wallace (caution; Delaying a Restart) 82

Colorado Rapids — Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace (Scott Palguta 89), Brian Mullan (Wells Thompson 63), Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Jamie Smith, Macoumba Kandji (Ross LaBauex 73), Conor Casey. ?

Real Salt Lake — Kyle Reynish, Tony Beltran, Rauwshan McKenzie, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams, Jean Alexandre (Kyle Beckerman 56), Collen Warner, Ned Grabavoy (Will Johnson 70), Pablo Campos (Alvaro Saborío 62), Fabian Espindola.

Referee: Ramon Hernandez?
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson; Paul Scott?
4th Official: Yader Reyes?
Weather: Clear and 76 degrees / ?Attendance: 18,317

All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

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Colorado Spoils Revs’ Return Home

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

It was a battle against old teammates tonight for both sides as the New England Revolution faced off against the Colorado Rapids.

Former Revs-now-Rapids Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson started against their former team in the two clubs first match up of the season.  Preston Burpo and Cory Gibbs, acquired by the Revs in the trade that sent Thompson and Larentowicz to Colorado, made their fourth consecutive starts for the Revs.

Captain Joseph is sorely missed by the Revs ©ASN

The Revs, without the services of their captain Shalrie Joseph once again, looked to assert themselves in the center of the field with Pat Phelan partnering up with Joseph Niouky.  However, Colorado quickly put their stamp on the game and took control early.

After some back and forth play in the opening minutes,  the Revolution looked likely to be the first to find the back of the net with.  Phelan played the ball out to the left side to a wide open Seth Sinovic, who sent a perfect cross into the Colorado box for Kheli Dube.  Dube’s first touch sent the ball skyward however, and it was easily collected by Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Colorado was quick to counter however with some quick distribution from Pickens, and Rapids midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy capitalized with his first goal of the season.  Finding plenty of room in the midfield, Ballouchy ran past Pat Phelan and unleashed a strike that swerved to the right of Preston Burpo. “I was trying to peek left,” said Burpo. “As soon as he hit it, the ball was swerving to my right, and I was way off of it.”

But the Revolution soon equalized. Sainey Nyassi was brought down outside the box and referee Jair Maruffo awared the free kick.  Marko Perovic who started at left midfield for Chris Tierney tonight took the kick and curled a beautiful,    well-struck ball into the back of the net in the 18th Minute.

Colorado had the majority of the chances in the first half, and nearly scored on multiple occassions.  After Jeff Larentowicz failed to capitalize on a free kick, Ballouchy found himself again with the ball.  With his back to goal, Ballouchy turned a bicycle kick over the Revs’ defense but found woodwork.  The ball fell to the feet of Conor Casey, who struck but was blocked by Burpo.  Casey tried to capitalize on the rebound but the ball was cleared away.

The first half ended with both sides at one, with the Revolution finding some success moving the ball down the flanks, but unable to connect in front of the goal.

The second half, the Revs again came out strong, and looked to gain the advantage.  The Revs stepped up their play and did well to win the ball in the midfield, thanks to stronger play from Joseph Niouky and Pat Phelan.  Phelan nearly found net with a blistering strike on goal, but Pickens was well positioned to make the save.

In an attempt to shake up the defense, Steve Nicol shuffled the lineup by taking off rookie Zack Schilawski in the 62nd minute in favor of Edgaras Jankauskas, who made his first appearance of the season.  In the 70th minute, Khano Smith came on for Kheli Dube, sliding Marko Perovic more to the middle of the field.

The Revs started to press more, with both Phelan and Niouky getting into the attack.  However, it was Colorado that would finally win the upper hand.  Wells Thompson did well down the left side to win the ball and find Conor Casey in front of the net.  He held the ball up long enough to find Pablo Mastroeni, who struck the ball perfectly past the Revs defense and into the back of the net.

In an attempt to salvage a draw, Steve Nicol subbed off defender Seth Sinovic in favor of forward Kenny Mansally, and switched to a 3-5-2 formation.  The Revs, however, despite their efforts, failed to find any kind of chemistry and left the field on the wrong end of the score sheet.

The Revs have two more games at home before they head out on the road.  They host FC Dallas next Saturday, and Chivas USA just 4 days later on the following Wednesday.  Steve Nicol will most definitely be looking forward to the return of Shalrie Joseph to the lineup, and pressuring his side to bring home maximum points over the next 10 days before they head to Columbus on May 8th.

Match Facts

Scoring Summary:
COL — Mehdi Ballouchy 1 (unassisted) 14’
NE — Marko Perovic 1 (unassisted) 18’
COL — Pablo Mastroeni 1 (Conor Casey 1) 73’

Misconduct Summary:
NE — Pat Phelan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 48’
COL — Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Foul) 66’
COL — Conor Casey (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 90’

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; Brian Poeschel
4th Official: David Gantar
Attendance: 8,142

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