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Drilling down on: at New England 2, Colorado 1

Saer Sene

New England Revolution forward Saer Sene (39) scores his team’s first goal on a leaping shot against the Colorado Rapids during the first half of their MLS soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Rapids midfielders Bryan Leyva (21) and Andrew Jacobson (4) watch the ball sail into the net. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Man of the Match: First-year New England striker Saer Sene is finding his way quite nicely around MLS now. He was dangerous but ultimately unproductive over the weekend against New York. Wednesday’s night was consummately productive, however, as the big Frenchman set up one goal and providing the surest of finishes on New England’s other.

Packaged for take-away:

  • Everyone along the Revs’ back line had a pretty good night, but both center backs were especially hardy, Stephen McCarthy and A.J. Soars. McCarthy is a bit feast or famine back there, still prone to mistake borne of defensive inexperience but otherwise looking comfortable in his new position.
  • The best chances went Colorado’s way early; proving once again that visitors squander chances at their own peril. Because Colorado’s defense, missing center back Marvell Wynne, soon cratered. The Rapids’ lost a 1-0 lead and trailed 2-1 at the half.
  • Colorado lined up in the 4-4-2 once again. One problem is Brian Mullan on the right; he’s a dependable two-way midfielder but just not enough of a one-on-one threat to be a true winger in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3.
  • Benny Feilhaber was in the Revolution starting lineup for the first time since his early season injury. New England’s passing game is better for it. The U.S. international started nominally wide left, usually tucking inside.
  • Speaking of Feilhaber, he really must get tired of maneuvering into good spots in the midfield and then and watching as teammates kick it past him, somewhat curiously.
  • Luis Zapata continues to be a solid find at left back for Colorado. His good work up the flank led to the corner kick that preceded the Rapids’ goal.
  • For the second consecutive game, botched positioning from Revs veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis cost a goal. He came off the line on Martin Rivero’s corner kick but never got into the scrum and was lost in proverbial “no-man’s land” when Jaime Castrillon headed into goal.
  • Never mind that, however. This was win No. 100 for Reis. Congrats.
  • Sene’s finish for New England’s first goal was athletic and strong, but it was abetted by Rapids marking that could only be termed like this: absolutely brutal.
  • Darrius Barnes came in for the ill Kevin Alston (and I do mean, visibly and unmistakably ill, if you know what I mean) and did quite well at right back for New England.