Special to CSNNE.com
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. Omar Cummings and Conor Casey scored first-half goals and former New England Revolution midfielder Wells Thompson added a late insurance tally as the Colorado Rapids rolled to a 3-0 win over the Revs on Saturday night at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
Jamie Smith had a pair of assists for the Rapids (10-7-7, 37 pts.), who have now won three consecutive home games by a score of 3-0. Meanwhile, the shutout loss was the second straight for the Revolution (7-14-3, 24 pts.), which now travels directly to Texas for a midweek meeting with FC Dallas.
Cummings opened the scoring in the fifth minute with his team-leading 10th goal of the season, but Casey matched him 30 minutes later as he joined his teammate by reaching double digits in goals scored. Thompson who spent three years with the Revs from 2007-09 rounded out the scoring in the 83rd minute with an assist from recently-acquired forward Macoumba Kandji.
The loss extended the Revolutions winless streak in Colorado to nine games (0-6-3) dating back to 2002.
There were three changes to the Revolution side which suffered a 2-0 loss to Chivas USA last weekend at The Home Depot Center. Marko Perovic, Sainey Nyassi and Seth Sinovic all returned to the starting lineup in place of Zack Schilawski, Kheli Dube and Darrius Barnes, respectively.
Colorado began the game entirely on the front foot and it took just five minutes for the hosts to take a deserved 1-0 lead, putting the Revolution a goal behind inside 10 minutes for the second straight week.
Smith, Casey and Brian Mullan all had early chances for the Rapids, but predictably it was the red-hot Cummings who scored his fifth goal in the last four games from an acute angle. Smith was the provider, intercepting a pass from Emmanuel Osei before slipping a clever pass to Cummings in the box. The Jamaican forward made no mistake, calmly slotting a low shot inside the far post.
The Rapids so nearly doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when the dynamic tandem of Casey and Cummings linked up for a one-two outside the box, but Caseys resulting 20-yard blast kicked off the left post and bounced clear.
Casey and Cummings combined again 12 minutes later, however, and this time to deadly effect as the Rapids did claim a 2-0 lead before the halftime break. Smith was again the orchestrator from the left wing, slotting a low pass inside to Cummings, who used his first touch to play Casey into the left side of the box. The hulking forward made no mistake with his effort, blasting a low shot inside the near post.
The Revs began the second half unchanged but immediately improved in possession following the halftime break, and Perovic registered New Englands first shot on goal in the 56th minute with a long-range drive which forced a diving save out of Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Nyassi then threatened in the 64th minute, blasting a tight-angle drive which Pickens could only punch away.
Just one minute later Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made a miraculous save to deny Casey, whose redirection from Cummings low driven cross appeared goal-bound. However, Reis reacted quickly and dove full-stretch to his right to push the effort away.
Reis was called into action once again in the 73rd minute as he denied Kandji, who was aiming for a debut goal after entering as a second-half substitute.
Wide open play continued and five minutes later it was the Revs who went close again, this time second-half substitute Kenny Mansally flashing a left-wing shot across the face of goal. In the 79th minute it was Colorados turn, as Quincy Amarikwa headed wide from six yards out.
The Rapids finally found the dagger in the 83rd minute when Thompson scored his first league goal for his new club against his former team. Thompson dribbled into the left side of the box and cut inside before guiding a low, right-footed shot inside the near post to provide the final score line of 3-0.
The Revs will conclude their two-game road trip on Wednesday, Sept. 22, when they visit FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.