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Colorado Rapids vs. New England game preview

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The Colorado Rapids have managed to get out of that funk that had them down with the three straight losses in April with a quick start to May, grabbing 4 points from their last two games including a hard-earned - and a bit lucky - 2-1 win against the Houston Dynamo on the road courtesy of a surprisingly classy goal from oft discouraging defender Scott Palguta. The Rapids can continue their two game point streak with a win or draw on their second straight road game against the New England Revolution today.

Once again, the starting XI for the Rapids looks to be formed via injuries to players, but it's surely not going to be as bad as the Houston game where Palguta and Tyrone Marshall were both forced to start on the back-line. Marvell Wynne should get his start today after playing only a couple of minutes against Houston and Anthony Wallace may be in the health to come back onto the starting squad as well. A full back four should help and ease the blow of the striker duo up top, which for the second time this season will be without both usual starters Omar Cummings and Conor Casey. Casey is still recovering from a Hamstring injury suffered against DC United while Cummings sprained his ankle on a tough challenge with Lovell Palmer against the Dynamo, flying back to Colorado the next day. Caleb Folan and Andre Akpan will most likely get the starts up top.

If there's any team that the Rapids have 'owned' throughout the history of Major League Soccer, it's probably the Revs. The Rapids are 18-11-7 against New England all time in MLS history which includes two wins over them last year, by a 2-1 score at Gillette stadium and a lopsided 3-0 victory in Commerce City. Two former Revolution players will be starting for the Rapids in Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson, so if there's a likely source for some surprise goals, check on those two. Wells in particular played very well against his former team last time they met. The crowd at Gillette is rarely incredibly intimidating and the Revs have had some very bad showings this year - last week's loss to Chivas USA being their worst yet - so this is one of the easier shots that the Rapids have of digging out points on the road here in the early 1/3 of the season. 

Go Rapids!