Altitude Proves To Be No Problem As Revolution Drop Rapids
After a slow start to the season, the New England Revolution have begun a winning streak with their 2-0 away victory over the struggling Colorado Rapids last night. Colorado, which had started the season with three 0-0 draws, have not had a win in its past eighteen matches and have still yet to find the back of the net in 2015.
Midfielder Kelyn Rowe built upon his excellent start to the season in the 18th minute with a perfect long ball cross to forward Juan Agudelo. Agudelo brought it down and took a lovely touch on goal, poking the ball over Rapids keeper Clint Irwin to open the scoring.
The rest of the first half saw a Rapids attack that looked dangerous but was thwarted by New England’s Bobby Shuttleworth, who eventually earned Man of the Match honors from the Revolution fans. Colorado probably deserved a goal or two from their performance.
The second half was fraught with questionable decisions by referee Fotis Bazakos, beginning with a soft penalty call on Charlie Davies in the 54th minute, who appeared to be taken down in the box by Colorado’s Jared Watts. The contact was minimal but one could argue for a penalty, and New England didn’t complain, as midfielder Lee Nguyen easily sent the penalty kick home to open his account for the season and put the Revolution up 2-0.
The questionable decisions and no-calls continued throughout the rest of the match, eventually culminating in Rapids manager Pablo Mastroeni being sent off for dissent when he argued a disallowed penalty due to an offside call. The Revs were able to finish the match at 2-0, securing their first clean sheet victory of the season.
Defensive midfielder Andy Dorman filled in for the injured Daigo Kobayashi, while Teal Bunbury made his first appearance (as a substitute) since being injured in the opener. Captain Jose Gonçalves did leave the match with an apparently mild injury probably due to the high-altitude, and should be back in time for next week’s game.
Attacking players Charlie Davies and Juan Agudelo finally showed some promising chemistry and followed through on a goalscoring opportunity, which is something that the Revs haven’t had yet this season. A real test is coming next Saturday when New England plays at home against the Columbus Crew, an Eastern Conference rival. With Bunbury’s return and the anticipated season debut of star midfielder Jermaine Jones, things are looking up for the Revs as they look to build on their recent run of good form.