COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (July 4, 2019) – Ever play a soccer game that started on one day and ended in another? The New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids now have. In a 4th of July match that saw three lightning delays totally 3 hours and 42 minutes, Teal Bunbury and the Revs became literal midnight riders. They won 2-1 in a game that ended at 12:18 AM local time.
Soccer All Nighter: Teal Bunbury, Revs win Midnight Game at Colorado
The game, originally scheduled for 7:00 PM MST did not kick off till just after 8:00 due to a lightning delay. Rain and lightning started just as the players were coming out for pregame warm-ups.
Despite a slow start, the Revs got on the board first. In the 8th minute, they overloaded the box and got the ball out to former Rapid Edgar Castillo, who crossed the ball in. Teal Bunbury got space on Sam Vines, collected the ball off his chest and beat Tim Howard.
The match was again delayed in the 28th minute due to lighting for another hour and a half. The match resumed just after 10:10 PM MST. Just before the delay, Howard made great back-to-back saves on Juan Fernando Caicedo and Luis Caicedo. A third delay was called in the 35th minute lasting just under 48 minutes. The half ended 0-1.
After an eight minute halftime, the Revs asserted themselves. Juan Fernando Caicedo scored on an unchallenged header in the 52nd minute off a set piece from Carlos Gil.
The Pids made a game of it in the 71st minute. Just moments after Matt Turner denied Kei Kamara, Diego Rubio beat him on a header to the bottom corner.
Both sided had good chances in the final minutes but the match ended 2-1 to the visitors. Turner denied Lalas Abubakar point blank in the final minutes.
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) July 5, 2019
Blame it on the rain: This has to g down as one of the craziest weather delays in league history. The game had a delay time of over twice the length of a normal soccer match. It clearly disrupted rhythm and momentum for both sides.
Set pieces again: Two of the three goals were scored on restarts. Colorado continues to find success on corners while New England capitalized on some poor marking.
Rapids unbeaten streak ends at seven: In one of the weirdest games in MLS this season, the Colorado Rapids unbeaten streak ended. They went 5-0-2 in that stretch.