It's been a nice 10-day break for the Rapids since that awful 0-0 draw against DC United, a game that most people were expecting would be a Rapids romp. Joe Willis prevented that from happening, but the Rapids are still on a nice little unbeaten streak going into Wednesday, when they face the New England Revolution.
New England is essentially in exactly the same boat as the Rapids are right now, floating right behind the top five playoff positioning, and coasting on a very good defense along with an offense that has misfired a bit at times. Saer Sene and Diego Fagundez have been the main stars of the show on the attack, with Juan Agudelo being added to the show from Chivas USA earlier. It's Jay Heap's new defense, featuring rookie star Andrew Farrell, which has been the big story for them though, as their team has only allowed 16 goals against, the best number in MLS.
That doesn't bode particularly well for a Rapids team that has struggled to find consistency, confidence and chemistry on the attack. Deshorn Brown may have had his best game as a Rapid against DC, but it went unnoticed because of the keeper's heroics, and his confidence has always been shaky. On the bright side, Colorado may be getting back Martin Rivero, which has always been a boost to their attack. Having Shane O'Neill back makes the Rapids defense very formidable as well.
It's two teams that have very similar make-ups, will home field advantage be enough to give the Rapids the boost they need to make this unbeaten streak four games?