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Revolution vs. Rapids: How to Watch Saturday’s Desert Diamond Cup Showdown

Afternoon matchup to provide sneak peek of March 4 season opener.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution
Andrew Farrell and the Revolution first team should see an increased role this afternoon.
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In two short weeks, the Revolution and Rapids will kick off the 2017 MLS season in Commerce City, Colo. This afternoon, the two clubs will square off in a tune-up match during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

Both teams have already played an inaugural match in the tournament, with the Revolution falling to the Houston Dynamo and the Rapids drawing with Sporting Kansas City.

Throughout the Revolution’s midweek match, the club struggled to contain the Dynamo attack while fielding a trialist-heavy lineup. This time around, Jay Heaps’ roster should more closely resemble a gameday lineup, with defenders Antonio Mlinar Delamea and Benjamin Angoua set to make their Diamond Cup debuts. Midfielder Xavier Kouassi, who played just 17 minutes last week while recovering from an ACL tear, should player deeper into the first half.

Newly re-acquired forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen will not feature in the match while nursing a minor injury.

Much like the Revolution, the Rapids fielded a lineup of several unproven players during its opening match draw vs. Kansas City. The club saw the debut of homegrown talent Kortne Ford and SuperDraft picks Sam Hamilton and Liam Callahan, as well as offseason signee Bismark Adjei-Boateng, a Ghanian midfielder.

A win this afternoon will put the Rapids near the top of the Desert Diamond Cup table, while a loss will stifle the Revs’ bid to repeat as Cup champions.

Match Details

Matchup: New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Venue: Kino Veterans Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
Streaming: revolutionsoccer.net, YouTube