FOXBOROUGH -- Eventually, 100 would come for Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis.
He had been sitting on 99 wins since March 31.
The Revolution slumped through April taking three straight losses to FC Dallas, DC United, and the New York Red Bulls.
They were killed by slow starts, they did themselves no favors by running on empty offensively.
But Wednesday, for a team of new pieces still trying mesh, it finally seemed to come together.
Reis joined a club of just five other goalkeepers with 100 wins.
All but 17 of Reis’s victories have come with Revolution. He was in net during the thick -- the three straight Finals appearances and the MLS championship in 2007 -- and the thin -- losing seasons the past two years. And now with the Revolution rebuilding, he’s still the rock between the uprights, picking up his third win of the season.
The Revolution helped themselves as much as they did Reis by getting on the board early.
The Revolution came in 2-5, sitting in the Eastern conference Cellar ahead of only winless Toronto FC, and after going 0-for-April, Revolution coach Jay Heaps stressed during the short week that the time had come to start turning progress into points.
All season the Revolution had been waiting for the floodgates to open.
They had fired 38 shots on goal coming in, but had just five goals to show for it.
When they gave up an early score to Jaime Castrillon in the 11th minute (their fifth goal they had allowed in the first 30 minutes this season), it looked like they’d have to again battle from behind.
Then, the offense finally ignited.
Saer Sene, the only Revolution with multiple goals this season, connected in the 27th minute, biking in Stephen McCarthy’s header for his third goal of the season.
From there, New England stayed on the attack.
AJ Soares nearly found the net, heading in a ball off Chris Tierney’s free kick that went wide right in the 32d minute.
But when Sene set up Fernando Cardenas with a nifty left-footed touch in the box, Cardenas finished it off, going high over Rapids keeper Matt Pickens, who got the finger tips on the ball but couldn’t keep it from sneaking under the crossbar.
The Revolution went into the intermission up, 2-1, and it was just the third time this season they went into the break with the lead.
Dueling with Matt Pickens, the league leader in saves, Reis did his best to gobble up the Rapids offerings.
He devoured Omar Cummings’s laser from straight on in the 11th minute, read Martin Rivero’s header the whole way in the 30th, and walled off a cannon ball from Tony Cascio in the 32d.
For a team that’s battled injuries all season, it looked like its biggest health issue Wednesdsay might have been a stomach bug.
In the 37th minute, after dropping to the ground briefly just seconds earlier, defender Kevin Alston went down to one knee, vomiting on the field. Darrius Barnes had to come on to replace him.
Alston didn’t return.
Shalrie Joseph took a spill in the 47th minute, going head-over-heels leaping for a 50/50 ball with Jaime Castrillon.
He was shaken, but stayed in the game.
The last time the Revolution pulled out a win over the Rapids was Sept. 29, 2007.
This is the only meeting of the season between the two clubs. Colorado will head to Dallas then return east to play DC United.
The Rapids snapped out of a three-game slide last week, scoring four goals against Chivas USA, an explosion for a team that had scored eight goals in their previous seven contests.
After a quick turnaround in Salt Lake this weekend, the Revolution get to settle in at Gillette Stadium for the first time all year. After playing four of their first five games one the road, they play eight of their next 11 games at home, a stretch that will take them into mid-July.
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