Revs-Rapids showdown ends in scoreless draw

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Foxborough, MASS, United States (4E Sports) – Injury-plagued teams the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids finished their match with a scoreless draw at Gillette Stadium Saturday.

Both teams were forced to make changes in their line-ups due to player injuries.

The squads had a hard time trying to score on a slick field. Although both teams were able to find scoring chances before the half ended.

At the 15-minute mark, Cochrane almost scored for the Revolution with a header which hit the top of the crossbar.

A free kick by Chris Tierney from the left wing sparked the Revolution’s effort to score a goal.

Andre Akpan, who replaced Caleb Folan after straining his right groin, prevented an attempt from Matt Reis to end the half in a 0-0 draw.

New England had a number of attempts during the second half but botched their opportunities.

A corner kick from Sharlie Jospeh in the 57th minute failed to find its mark.

Joseph found himself open and tried to score again as he headed straight at Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Pickens was able to stop the attempt and prevented Joseph from giving his team a 1-0 lead.

Sainey Nyassi, who came in at halftime, connected with a service to Benny Feilhaber.

The midfileder tried to score but his attempt hit the crossbar, the second of the match for New England.

Nyassi tried to score the win for New England in his last effort. But Tyrone Marshall was there to stop Rajko Lekic’s cross attempt.

Pickens then covered the ball along the end line sealing a point for the visitors.

New England will be hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 14 for their next game, while Colorado will visit D.C. United on the same date.

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