FOXBORO, MA - MAY 7: Rajko Lekic #10 of New England Revolution reacts after he was elbowed in the face by Drew Moor #3 of the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium on May 7, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Four points on the road in two games is just what the doctor ordered for the Colorado Rapids, but that prescription is only good for solving the problem of their positioning on the standings. We're going to need a whole separate crew of doctors to figure out what on earth is going on with the injury situation on this team. Another injured Rapids striker will undoubtedly be the story of this game as it ended in Foxboro against the New England Revolution 0-0 with very little fanfare from either side.
The first half wasn't exactly as boring as that Houston game the other day was, but it still lacked a ton of chances for either side. A patchwork side sent out featured Kosuke Kimura at right midfielder and a pairing up top that we hadn't seen since the Chivas USA match two games into the season, Caleb Folan and Quincy Amarikwa. Scott Palguta got his second start in a row after playing the unlikely goalscoring hero against Houston and fortunately was kept away from the ball most of the evening, as he had one of his usually below-average days at the office at left back.
The best chance of the first half came quickly as Ryan Cochrane hit the crossbar in the 15th minute but no other real developments happened until Caleb Folan limped off the field grabbing his groin. No word yet on the severity of the groin injury to Folan but losing another striker is not what the Rapids need right now. Andre Akpan came into the game for him and created several great chances of his own, being the only Rapid that seemed unafraid to let loose from outside the box. Only one of his shots was on target though and the game was scoreless and mostly actionless as they went into halftime.
Sainey Nyassi came in at halftime for New England to try and insert some fresh blood into the midfield, and it very nearly worked several times. The Revolution had a decent amount of possession in the second half compared to the first but both teams played fantastically until they reached their respective final thirds. Shalrie Joesph could have made it 1-0 thanks to a Tyrone Marshall slip up in the 57th minute but Matt Pickens was there to make the best save of the game. Benny Feilhaber had probably the best chance for either team in the game as a fantastic pass from Nyassi hit a wide open Feilhaber who put it centimeters away from the net as it clobbered the post instead, the second woodwork the Revs hit on the evening.
As it neared stoppage time the action shifted to being all Revs. Nyassi had a brilliant chance to get the ball to Rajko Lekic in the dying moments but Tyrone Marshall slid onto the line to clear it away and keep the game drawn. A point on the road is never a bad thing, especially for a team as historically terrible away from home as the Rapids are, so this is a fine result for them despite the Revs controlling large portions of the game. This patchwork squad will need to work as many points as they can in these situations until everyone is back healthy again.
They have now not lost to the Revs in seven games, keeping the all-time ownage of the team going. Coach Gary Smith now is 2-0-3 against the Revs, never having lost a game.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Marvell Wynne. Close race between him and Pickens, but Wynne was just flat out dominant at right back tonight.
GOAT OF THE MATCH: Quincy Amarikwa. He looked completely ineffective out there no matter who he was paired with, looking more concerned with getting into the box than he was actually shooting the ball. Several brilliant chances to score were ruined by Quincy overthinking himself.