Game Preview: Rapids at NE
COMMERCE CITY, CO - Fresh off their 3-1 victory over Toronto on Sunday, the Colorado Rapids travel to the East Coast to face the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 24 at Gillette Stadium at 5:30 pm MT (KWGN-Channel 2).
The Rapids go in with a record of 2-1-1 (7 points) and in a second place tie with three other teams in the Western Conference. The Revolution is 2-2-0 (6 points) and currently sit in third place in the East.
- *Colorado is 16-11-7 all time against New England. Since 1996, the Rapids are 5-8-4 in Foxborough but a dominating 11-3-3 in Colorado.
- *The teams have played to 1-1 draws in each of their last three meetings. The Rapids were the last team to post a win in the series, a 1-0 win on April 12, 2008 at Gillette Stadium.
- *Colorado has the edge over the past 10 meetings against New England, posting a 4-2-4 record since 2005.
- *This will be Colorado's third MLS road game and fourth overall away from home this year. The team is 1-1 in MLS road games, but also won a U.S. Open Cup Qualifier at Kansas City on April 13.
- *New England won their only home game to date, defeating Toronto 4-1 on April 10 behind three goals from rookie forward Zach Schilawski.
- *Several players are set to face off against their former sides on Saturday; midfielders Wells Thompson and Jeff Larentowicz will face New England for the first time since being acquired by Colorado in January, while Revs players Preston Burpo, Nico Colaluca and Cory Gibbs all have traded in their burgundy for New England kits.
- *The Revolution's other off-season moves involved the release of veteran leader Steve Ralston, the retirement of defender Jay Heaps, and the departure of Chris Albright.
- *New England are coming off a 2-0 loss to San Jose last weekend. They were without influential midfielder Shalrie Joseph for the third time in four games due to a hip flexor strain, and continue to be without star forward Taylor Twellman who is still out with concussion symptoms. Another key player in years past, goalkeeper Matt Reis, is still out while rehabbing from off-season surgery. Marko Perovic made his MLS debut Saturday in a withdrawn forward role.
- *Did You Know: Rapids forward Conor Casey's last six goals have all come on penalty kicks: all three this season, plus the final three tallies of his 16-goal campaign last year. This stretch ties the all-time league mark for consecutive goals from the penalty spot before scoring in any other manner. From September 1999 to July 2000, LA Galaxy defender Greg Vanney scored six straight goals all from PKs. He ended his streak on August 16, 2000 when he tapped in a loose ball in an overtime 1-0 win over the Rapids.
COLORADO: OUT: MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain), FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)…DOUBTFUL: None…QUESTIONABLE: None..PROBABLE: None.
NEW ENGLAND: OUT: MID Mauricio Castro (R ankle pain), GK Matt Reis (L shoulder/knee surgeries), FWD Taylor Twellman (concussion)…DOUBTFUL: MID Nico Colaluca (L knee sprain), FWD Edgaras Jankauskas (R calf strain), MID Shalrie Joseph (R hip flexor strain)…QUESTIONABLE: None…PROBABLE: None
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RAPIDS VS. NEW ENGLAND HEAD-TO-HEAD:
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English Television: KWGN-Channel 2
RAPIDS OFFICIAL AWAY-GAME VIEWING PARTY
WHERE: The British Bulldog, located at the intersection of Broadway and Stout Streets in Lodo
WHEN: This Saturday, April 24. Kickoff is at 5:30pm MT. Get there early to reserve a seat!
WHO: Open and free for fans of all ages to attend!
Colorado make their return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, May 5 when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30pm MT. Tickets are still available for the next home match by clicking here.