Revolution

Midweek Kick: Prepare for Colorado to utilize the long ball a lot Thursday

Adam Richins for BSJ

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Admit it: when the 2019 Major League Soccer schedule came out back in February, you penciled Thursday, July 4 into your datebook as a Must Watch soccer game for the Revolution. After all, it’s the Colorado Rapids. And sure, it was on the road in Commerce City, at elevation, and that poses problems of their own.

But I repeat … it’s the Rapids. A bottom-feeder team with bottom-feeder players — to paraphrase from Anthony Hudson, natch — on the national holiday, and you root for a team alluding to the fact that our general region got the Revolutionary War started.

And when the season started so poorly for Colorado — the Rapids couldn’t get out of their own way, two points out of their first nine before Hudson found himself jettisoned, replaced by Conor Casey — you figured that even with all the Revs’ problems, regardless of altitude, they could solve whatever issues they had and put a hurting on them.

The Casey Era in the Denver area started out slow, with two losses in his first two. Yet something happened, the switch flipped on, and since May 19, the Rapids have not tasted defeat in seven outings — 5-0-2 — leading into Thursday night’s soiree with New England (9 p.m.).

That tighten y’all up a little bit?

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