The Colorado Rapids used a strong second half to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 Wednesday night

His eyes looking more red than an angry-hot iron, Rapids coach Oscar Pareja stalked Colorado's sideline. His team was trailing a New England side that hadn't won in Colorado in more than a decade.

Pareja, though, didn't have to say much to turn the game around. Just wait for Nick LaBrocca.


The Rapids' veteran midfielder calmly came through for Colorado, faking New England captain Jose Goncalves off his feet, then turning for a left-footed whizzer from 25 yards to the right corner that tied the game in the 62nd minute.


LaBrocca's first goal of the season kicked off an avalanche of a second half for the Rapids, who rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Revolution in front of 13,833 mid-week fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Four minutes later, with the Rapids piling on pressure in New England's defensive third, Colorado rookie Dillon Powers moved around Darrius Barnes on the right side, then sent a cross to the Revolution's near post. Goncalves faltered again, deflecting the cross past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth for an own goal.


The key for the Rapids seemed to be in staying away from Revolution rookie right back Andrew Farrell, the No. 1 pick in this year's MLS draft. Farrell effectively shut down Rapids rookie Deshorn Brown (the No. 6 pick).

But Powers (No. 11) got a leg up on Farrell in rookie of the year voting after causing the game-winner.

New England hasn't won in Colorado in more than a decade. The Revs' 2-1 victory in 2002 came with Jay Heaps (he's now their coach) and Taylor Twellman (now ESPN soccer analyst) on the roster.


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