Rapids beat New England Revolution as Centennial 38, fans walk out en masse

COMMERCE CITY — On a night with so much angst inside Dick’s Sporting Goods Park from the fans, it was the players who kept their cool.

Colorado Rapids interim head coach Chris Little made his debut and got a win out of it, as the Rapids offense broke free from a goal-less drought in which the group was shut out in nine of its last 10 MLS games with a 2-1 win over New England Revolution Saturday night.

In the 20th minute, Centennial 38, the largest independent supporters group of the team, walked out en masse and left a message: “The badge, The Players, The fans deserve better.”

Still, Colorado (4-13-10, 22 points) erupted with a pair of second-half goals from Cole Bassett in the 48th minute and Calvin Harris in the 62nd minute as he cut inside and curled a left-footed shot into the left-hand corner. The Revs added one late, but it wasn’t enough as Colorado held on to win its second home game of the season, and first win across all competitions since July 8.

Even with the win, the Rapids are still 13 points below the playoff line.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

“It doesn’t seem to be between us and them”

Bassett, a Littleton native, reflected on the walkout, which extended to fans outside of C38 who also left the stadium. Others protested by wearing black within the stadium confines. He admitted Saturday the performances haven’t been good enough at home, but said he understands the fans’ frustrations.

“If we’re playing better, it makes this whole thing better,” Bassett said. “For us, all we can control is what happens on the field. From here on out we’ve been trying to put together wins and play for them, play for the badge. … We care about the club and we know they care about us. That’s their whole intention behind it.

“They care about the club. They care about us and ultimately, I’m curious to see what happens, but as players we can control what’s on the field.”

Little sees behaviors needed for points

Little knows there’s not much time to waste as Colorado will host second-place Seattle on Wednesday. Still, the three traits he said he needs to see from the group game in and game out — hard work, team-first attitude and being responsible for each other — he saw on Saturday.


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