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Revolution-Rapids Lineups and Open Thread

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It's a midweek game from Gillette Stadium, can the Revs break their current 8-game losing streak tonight against the visiting Rapids or will they take their long skid into a weekend match at the Red Bulls?

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The New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids meet for their only regular season meeting of 2014. The lineups are out and while it's a familiar Revs lineup, coach Jay Heaps has made a few changes.

REVOLUTION LINEUP (4-1-4-1)

Bobby Shuttleworth; Kevin Alston, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell; Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Teal Bunbury; Charlie Davies

Bench: Knighton, Barnes, McCarthy, Kobayashi, Neumann, Mullins, Imbongo

RAPIDS LINEUP (4-4-2)

Irwin; Klute, Piermayr, Moor, Wynne; Hill, Hairston, LaBrocca, Watts; Buddle, Torres

Bench: Berner, Burch, Neeskens, Powers, Alvarez, Serna, Sanchez

Alston takes over at left back for the injured Chris Tierney and makes his first start since early May. This isn't a surprise given that Tierney's replacement Darrius Barnes was responsible for both goals against Columbus but Alston has had fitness issues of his own recently. Davies makes his second start in three weeks replacing Patrick Mullins up top and it will be interesting to see if Davies can go the distance in this one. His first start only lasted an hour but he was lively playing the lone striker role and fans saw a wide variety of the skills made him a United States MNT regular several years ago.

My knowledge on the Rapids midfield is a bit rusty, but I've alway's like Nick LaBrocca. The striker pairing of Edson Buddle and Gabriel Torres up top is very threatening as are a lot of the options the Rapids have on the bench including Dillon Powers and former University of Connecticut midfielder and 2nd overall 2013 SuperDraft pick Carlos Alvarez.

Coverage begins on CSNNE or MLS Live at 730 so feel free to discuss the lineups and follow us for the entire game with all the action and hopefully Revolution goals and even better, a Revolution result.