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Rapids Blow Away Revs, Shock Everyone

Where or where did the Colorado Rapids' 3-0 win over the New England Revolution come from? The Denver Post says the odds were always stacked against the home side: top scorer Herculez Gomez was suspended, the team had only won one of its last 11 matches, and coming into Thursday's game, the Rapids were averaging less than a goal a game. To make matters worse, they were playing the league-leading Revs.

In the end, it wasn't even close: the Rapids thoroughly dominated the match, outshooting New England 9-1 in the first half, with striker Jovan Kirovski putting home two goals, including one from the penalty spot. Incidentally, the win was Colorado's second shutout in a row, signaling perhaps a return to form for Fernando Clavijo's men. Indeed, rumor had it last week that Clavijo was just one game away from getting the boot, but six points later, the Rapids (24 pts) have put some breathing room between themselves and the likes of Toronto (20 pts), Chicago (20 pts), L.A. (14 pts) and Real Salt Lake (12 pts).

"There are tough stretches for every team in a season, and the true color of a team shows when you're down," coach Clavijo said. "We've always had the mentality that we could turn things around. ...I thought we played our best soccer of the year tonight." He added that the back-to-back wins have given his team momentum at the right time of the season. "Never should anyone question our (desire) to make the playoffs."

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