The team bus will depart Gillette Stadium later today bound for Logan Airport and an afternoon flight to Colorado, where the Revs will meet the Rapids on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. It’s a little different flying out to Denver the day before the game, because this is normally one of the cities we arrive in two days early so the players can acclimate to the time change and that pesky altitude thing everybody seems to be talking about. However, with this already being a seven-day trip when combined with the upcoming journey from Denver to Dallas, I think everyone’s fine with heading toward the Rockies today.
Typically the task of packing for a road trip is pretty simple, because we usually arrive late Friday afternoon, play Saturday night and come home Sunday morning. But a week-long road trip provides unique challenges when you have to make sure you have work clothes, training clothes, casual clothes, etc. From a staff perspective, it’s easy to forget about each game as an individual match and view the entire road trip as one big journey.
Ironically, that’s precisely what the Revs must avoid doing as they prepare to face the Rapids on Saturday and FC Dallas on Wednesday.
There will be plenty of storylines next Wednesday night at Pizza Hut Park, as the Hoops will enter that match on a remarkable 15-game unbeaten run. You can be sure the Revs would love nothing more than to go into Frisco and be the first team to defeat FC Dallas since May 20.
But that’s a task for another day, because the sole focus heading into this weekend must be the Colorado Rapids. The Revs haven’t won in Colorado since 2002, going 0-5-3 in their last eight visits to the Centennial State, and the Rapids have lost just once at DSG Park this year. For the Revs to overcome the odds, they must put everything they have into Saturday night’s game and worry what’s on tap next when the time comes.
It’s true the Revs likely need to win at least six of their last seven games to have legitimate hopes of reaching the playoffs, but they can’t win the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth until they win the first. And the only way to do that is to beat the Rapids this weekend.
We’ll have full gameday coverage from Colorado on Saturday as the Revolution prepares to take on the Rapids, so be sure to stay with us …