MLS Regular Season
Funny how, in the space of five days, we went from watching open, expansive, free-flowing football (in the 3-0 home win over Chivas USA), to a match so turgid and fragmented that it may well have tested the resolve of even the most ardent fan of the game.
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni
What do I take away? Just everything. Everything from the preparation, the mindset, the desire to compete – none of it was there from top to bottom today. I never felt like we looked dangerous, always looked like we were on the back foot instead of the front. But obviously there are games that you have to take something from, they’re going to happen, especially with a relatively young group. We just have to take our lumps and move on.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Heading to a team which had lost eight games in a row, it was the Colorado Rapids who emerged defeated as the New England Revolution hurled the monkey off their back with a 3-0 victory at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night.
Two second-half goals – just three minutes apart – by Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe put New England in the most comfortable position they have enjoyed in over two months.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs COLORADO RAPIDS
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
July 30, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #190)
5:30 p.m. MT (Altitude)
Fitness tests later in the week could determine whether both leading scorer Deshorn Brown and influential Spanish midfielder José Mari are available for selection for Saturday's home game with Real Salt Lake, and the second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup (TICKETS).
Those who came out to honor club legend Pablo Mastroeni on Friday night were rewarded with a treat. Not only did they get to share a special evening with one of the club’s most loyal servants, but they then witnessed three cracking goals as the Rapids players applied the icing to the Mastroeni celebratory cake with a 3-0 win over Chivas USA.