The New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids don’t have a storied rivalry. The two MLS originals have only met 41 times and not once outside of the regular season. The Revs are 13-19-9 against the Rapids, showing that their history has been relatively balanced. Regardless, Saturday’s match will be a historic one, and here’s why:
- Saturday’s game will be the 600th in Revolution history. The Revs played their 500th match nearly three years ago with current players Kevin Alston, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney seeing minutes. Additionally, Darrius Barnes and Bobby Shuttleworth were on the bench. The Revolution are 226-257-116 all-time in the regular season, scoring 831 goals while allowing 905. How will Saturday’s game affect these numbers?
- The Rapids could tie the record for longest winless streak in MLS history. Heading into this weekend’s match, the Rapids are 0-12-5 in their last 17 outings. This abysmal record is only bested (worsted?) by Real Salt Lake, who went 0-16-2 between August 10, 2005 and May 6, 2006. The Rapids, who haven’t scored or conceded a goal this year, are on the verge of making history that they surely want to avoid.
- The Revolution could grab their first ever win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Revs have gone 0-3-3 since the stadium opened in Commerce City, CO in 2007. This disappointing record is partially influenced by the cross-country travel, as well as the high altitude. The hex could be broken this Saturday when the Revs face a weak Rapids team.