So maybe “longest game of all time” is an exaggeration (although it might be the longest MLS game, I don’t actually know), but it was definitely a long night. After almost four hours of delays due to lightning, many of us assumed the game between the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution would be rescheduled. But once they made it to the half, they were able to finish the game.
It was tough to really get anything going in the first half, with delays at the 28th and 35th minutes, after starting about an hour late.
New England got on the board first in the 8th minute with a goal from Teal Bunbury, assisted by former Rapid Edgar Castillo. This was Bunbury’s 50th career goal.
By the time the second half started around 11:30 p.m., many fans had gone home. You could hear the coaching staff and fans on the TV feed because of how quiet it was there
Seven minutes into the half, Juan Fernando Caicedo got in between Kei Kamara and Lalas Abubakar on a free kick and headed the ball past Tim Howard.
It took the Rapids until the 71st minute to get on the scoreboard, but Diego Rubio put one in for the Burgundy Boys, with an assist from Nicolas Mezquida. Mezquida had subbed in for Cole Bassett right after the second New England goal.
Colorado had two excellent shots in the second half and New England goalkeeper Matt Turner saved both of them to keep the lead for his team.
Kellyn Acosta earned two yellows (and therefore a red) for a foul and then talking back to the referee with four minutes of stoppage time to go. Acosta would’ve missed next week at Portland for yellow card accumulation even with just the one.
Everyone was tired, but after giving out seven yellow cards in the second half, it would appear that the ref was not letting anything slide.
After a very long night, the Revs continue their unbeaten streak under new head coach Bruce Arena, while the Rapids’ unbeaten streak has been broken.
The fireworks that were cancelled on June 28th and tonight will be rescheduled.