Coming off their worst loss of the season, the Revolution (2-3-3, 9 pts.) enter this weekend with a considerable task ahead of them as the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids (3-3-1, 10 pts.) arrive for an inter-conference showdown at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. Due to Comcast SportsNet New England’s pre-game coverage of the Celtics-Heat game Saturday night, the Revs broadcast will be joined in-progress at approximately 8:00pm. A full listing of alternate channels will be posted on revolutionsoccer.net as game day approaches. Additionally, the game will also be broadcast via radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
The Revs will hope to snap a six-game winless (0-3-3) streak against the Rapids, with New England's last victory over Colorado taking place on September 29, 2007. And the Revs may have the Rapids right where they want them, as Colorado enters the match winless (not to mention and goal-less) in its last three matches.
Here are some other notable facts surrounding the Revs first match against the Rapids this season:
-- The last time the Revs and Rapids battled, Colorado came away with a 3-0 whipping of New England back on September 18, 2010 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
-- The Rapids lead the all-time series against their original MLS club counterpart, boasting an 18-11-7 record against the Revs.
-- Despite the Rapids overall success against them, the Revs actually boast a winning record at home (8-6-4) against Colorado.
-- Two former Revolution players -- Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson -- will return to their old stomping grounds as members of the Rapids.
-- Saturday’s match will pit the Revs against their fifth different Western Conference opponent. So far, the Revs are winless (0-1-3) against the west.
-- The Rapids will be without midfield stalwart Brian Mullan, who was handed a 10-game suspension by MLS for his vicious tackle on Steve Zakuani during the club’s game against Seattle on April 22nd.
-- The Revs-Rapids tilt could mark the first time twin brothers Sainey and Sanna Nyassi square off on the field. Sainey, who's played for the Revs since 2007, has never played on the pitch against Sanna, who played in Seattle prior to arriving in Colorado this season, in MLS competition despite a handful of opportunities that saw their teams face each other during the past two seasons.
Revolution manager Steve Nicol will likely unleash the following lineup against the Rapids on Saturday:
GK Matt Reis
D Darrius Barnes
D A.J. Soares
D Franco Coria
D Kevin Alston
M Benny Feilhaber
M Stephen McCarthy
M Shalrie Joseph
M Zak Boggs
F Zack Schilawski
F Rajko Lekic
Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.