Rapid Reaction: Rapids 2, Revolution 1

July, 18, 2013
7/18/13
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A pair of second-half goals from the Colorado Rapids (8-7-6, 30 points) sank the New England Revolution (6-7-6, 24 points) to a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Juan Toja gave the Revolution an early lead when he struck a 15th-minute free kick past Clint Irwin. But Nick LaBrocca responded in the 62nd minute on a blast from distance before a Jose Goncalves own goal in the 67th minute sealed the victory for the Rapids.

With the loss, the Revolution have now dropped two in a row and are winless in their past three on the road. The Rapids' win extended their unbeaten streak to four.

What it means: At best, the 2-1 loss in Colorado sharpens the sting of last week's 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of Houston. At worst, the loss -- which now puts the Revolution at 0-2 during the second half of the season -- conjures up scenes from last year's historic late slide, which saw the Revolution go winless in 10 straight. Yes, it may be too soon to start comparing this year's funk to last year's embarrassing streak. But with two straight road games ahead of them, and a busy August waiting in the wings, the Revolution's playoff chances aren't looking as promising as they did earlier this month.

Stat of the game: Despite holding the lead for the bulk of the first half, the Revolution earned only 34 percent of the possession at the interval.

McCarthy comes off with injury: In the 57th minute, center back Stephen McCarthy had to come out of the game after he suffered a second blow to the head on a Colorado corner kick. AJ Soares, who hadn't seen action since April 20, came on for McCarthy a minute later.

Revolution rue the Rockies: Wednesday's loss extends the Revolution's winless streak in Colorado to 12 straight (0-8-4), a mark that dates back to 2002. In fact, the last Revolution win in Colorado came in a 2-1 win over the Rapids on June 15, 2002.

Lineup changes aplenty: Jay Heaps made four changes to his lineup from Saturday's XI against Houston. Darrius Barnes, Juan Toja, Ryan Guy and Jerry Bengtson all slid into the spots occupied by Chris Tierney, Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene and Chad Barrett. According to the club's official Twitter account, injuries to Tierney (left knee) and Sene (right hip) kept them from making the trip to Colorado. However, Rowe came on for Barnes in the 69th minute, while Barrett came on for Bengtson in the 72nd minute.

Next up: The second game of the Revolution's three-game road trip is set for Saturday, when the Revolution head to Columbus to play the Crew for the first time this season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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