The Colorado Rapids are now on a winning streak (one game, baby!) for the first time in quite a while after that awful three game stretch against Real Salt Lake, Seattle and LA. Those games were quickly forgotten when the Rapids switched up to an attacking 4-4-2 and piled four goals onto Chivas USA.
Now, they go from facing one of the lower tier teams in the West to one of the lower tier teams in the East, and a team that the Rapids have always done quite well against, the New England Revolution.
Here's three keys for the Rapids if they want to get their second road win of the season.
Score Quickly - We've discussed the inability to score in the first half of this Rapids squad before, it's a very strange problem that they've had. On the road specifically, they have not yet put together a clean sheet so they're probably going to need to score a couple of goals if they want to pick up the win. Those goals should come in the first half as well, they've allowed teams to sneak up on them with first half goals early this year and that's no good especially away from home.
Stick To What's Worked - The biggest mistake that the Rapids could make after getting such success out of that 4-4-2 against Chivas would be to try and shift that back to the 4-3-3, assuming that the problems would be solved. This could also mean that Hunter Freeman should get the start at right back, but that's more up to Oscar Pareja to decide obviously. The most important thing is Omar Cummings getting a strike partner up top to let the offense flow more freely. Of course, when you think of a strike partner for Omar Cummings, there's usually only one name that comes to mind...
Kamani Hill - You thought I was gonna say Conor Casey, didn'tcha? Didn'tcha? Well, unfortunately Casey won't be available for the game against the Revs because they don't want to risk him on that field turf. The next best thing right now seems to be Kamani Hill, who has started to light aflame on the Rapids with three goals already since joining the team.
Next week, Conor. Next week...