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New look Rapids take on the Revs

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This guy is not new at all.
This guy is not new at all.

The Colorado Rapids - still deeply entrenched in the playoff race - have three of their next four games at home. If they want to make the playoffs, points from all the rest of their games at The Dick are important. They can start by continuing their annual dominance of the New England Revolution at altitude today. Since 1996 when the MLS was formed, the Revolution have only managed a paltry 11 wins against the Rapids. They also haven't lost a game at home since May when they dropped 1-0 to the Galaxy.

Since their 3-1 stinker of a loss against New York last Saturday the Rapids have added a couple of new faces. Striker Macoumba Kandji was traded from the Red Bulls for Mehdi Ballouchy and midfielder Brain Mullan was traded from the Dynamo for cash and Colin Clark. The general consensus of the Burgundy Wave reader base seems to be that these were pretty good trades, we'll see today. Gary Smith has stated that both Kandji and Mullan are likely to see some playing time, although he didn't elaborate far enough to imply that both would be starting.

The starting line up should have an interesting look to it either way. Like I said before, I'm not even going to attempt to guess what it will look like since I'll most likely be dead wrong.

Omar Cummings will go into the game trying to keep his red hot streak going of four goals in the Rapids' last three games. Conor Casey can tie the record for most goals ever scored by a Rapids player with 39 if he scores today. Kandji and Mullan can obviously make some noise by scoring on their debuts as well, but that's another story. Go Rapids!

UZ'S PREDICTION: 2-0 RAPIDS