A second half meltdown led to the Revolution losing 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo on Wednesday night. In addition to dropping their second consecutive game, the loss means that the Revolution (6-7-6, 24 points) extend their winless run in Colorado which dates back to 2002.
Juan Toja scored early for the Revolution, left-footing a direct shot off a freekick from just outside the penalty area inside the lower left corner of the net. On it's way in, the ball went through the legs of Jerry Bengston, who made a run across the penalty area after Toja took the shot to block Rapids' goalkeeper Clint Irwin's view.
The Revolution's one-goal advantage fell apart in the second half as Colorado stormed back. First, Nick LaBrocca equalized in the 62nd minute, cutting past Jose Goncalves before firing a low drive that sped into the back of the net past an outstretched Bobby Shuttleworth.
Jose Goncalves doomed the Revolution in the 68th minute when he redirected a cross from the right flank by Dillon Powers into his own goal. It was a rare slip-up for Goncalves, who also received his first yellow card of the season in the game, as he's been the key figure in what has been the league's best defense.
Despite leading for most of the game, the Revolution were rarely in control. They relied heavily on their back line and Bobby Shuttleworth, who finished the game with four saves.
Shuttleworth stopped Deshorn Brown from tying the game immediately after Toja scored, using his torso to block a point blank effort inside the penalty area. In the 55th minute, Shuttleworth punched away a driven cross from Brown out of the box and stopped him again in the 80th minute by sliding the ball off of Brown's cleats when he was in behind the defense.
Though Shuttleworth was equal to Brown every time he faced him, he nearly allowed a third Rapids goal in the 78th minute when LaBrocca had an effort from outside the penalty area that hit the post.
The Revolution will try to bounce back from this loss on Saturday night at Columbus in a game that has big playoff implications. A win against Columbus, who sit just behind the Revolution in seventh place, would bring the Revolution within two points of the Eastern Conference's last playoff place.
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