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The New England Revolution are on the verge of matching their longest losing streak in franchise history.

While things haven't gone their way of late, they could catch a break Wednesday night.

Looking to snap its lengthy skid, New England faces a road-challenged Colorado Rapids team that may be without three key players.

The Revolution (7-11-2) have followed a five-game winning streak with eight consecutive defeats, a stretch during which they've been outscored 19-4. New England's woes continued Saturday with a 2-1 defeat to Columbus, which scored the tiebreaking goal in the 84th minute.

"You have to roll up your sleeves and keep going forward," coach Jay Heaps said. "It's awful and tough, but at the same time, you have to keep a perspective and keep going forward. We have a really young team - and we know we can win games in this league, it's just a matter of finding a way."

New England, mired in its longest skid in the post-shootout era of MLS, dropped nine straight in both 1997 and '98.

"For us, it's just coming into training, keeping our head up knowing that there other games to play," forward Teal Bunbury said. "Knowing the season isn't over, pushing each other in training, being competitive, trying to be leaders out there and knowing that it's got to turn around. We're all professionals and we know what it comes down to."

The Revs will try to take advantage of short-handed Colorado (8-6-6), which is likely to be without striker Deshorn Brown (groin), defender Shane O'Neill (knee) and midfielder Jose Mari. Brown has scored a team-best seven of the Rapids' 31 goals in league play.

Colorado is looking to snap a six-game winless stretch away from home, its longest since 2012. The Rapids have gone 0-4-2 during their slide while allowing 14 goals.

"That's your business, that's not my business," coach Pablo Mastroeni told MLS' official website last week when asked about his club's road struggles. "That world doesn't exist to me. I don't look at it."

Colorado snapped an overall three-game winless funk with Friday's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA. Clint Irwin recorded his league best-tying seventh clean sheet, five of which have come at home.

"It was a very good performance from the guys," Mastroeni said. "I've been saying all year, if you're good defensively, you're going to get good attacking opportunities."

Nick LaBrocca and Gabriel Torres scored their first goals of the season while Drew Moor added his second.

"The most important thing is that the team won," Torres said. "We had three games without getting the full three points, so it was important to get the win. We won, and now we have to focus on a difficult game on Wednesday that we will hope to win as well."

The Rapids are 4-1-5 during a 10-game stretch against New England after taking last year's only meeting 2-1 at home.

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