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Nicol's star was in alignment

FOXBOROUGH -- Revolution coach Steve Nicol had no doubts about playing Taylor Twellman in a 0-0 tie with Colorado last night, though Twellman had been out of action since Aug. 23, had not scored a goal since Aug. 16, and had only received medical clearance to play Sunday.

"[Twellman] did his usual," Nicol said. "He worked his tail off, he gave them trouble, he defended. The penalty kick was disappointing but that's the way it goes.

"He was missing a wee bit of sharpness here and there but when you are out three or four weeks, you expect that."

Twellman was 4 for 4 on penalties in all competitions for the Revolution before misfiring in the 67th minute against the Rapids. Twellman went down hard after being sandwiched in the penalty area, and said his molars were numbed by the contact.

"I was off a centimeter or two," Twellman said. "I was a little off but that comes when you are out four weeks.

"Hopefully, I will get it back sooner or later. From the first minute I was up on the ball, I had a good attitude, I felt good.

"This was by far our best game this year; unfortunately, we don't have 3 points to show for it, but it'll come."

Iron man

Jose "Pepe" Cancela has played 840 consecutive minutes since being replaced late in the Revolution's 4-2 loss to D.C. United July 27. The Revolution squandered a two-goal advantage in that match. Cancela was treated roughly by the Rapids, Kyle Beckerman getting ejected after fouling Cancela from behind in the 43d minute. . . . Rusty Pierce, who returned to central defense after a one-game suspension, was cautioned for a foul on John Spencer in the 45th minute. The Revolution are 5-6-2 in all games with Daouda Kante, who replaced Pierce in a 2-1 win over the MetroStars last week, in the starting lineup . . . Efrain "Chico" Chacurian, formerly of Racing Club in Argentina and the US national team, will be inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Riviera Inn Restaurant in East Providence. Also named will be John Kowalski, former US national team coach; Richard Lawrence, former Mount St. Charles High School coach; Alda Marques, founder of the Uniao Portuguesa Benficente; Vincent Mauro, who refereed in the 1990 World Cup; David Pacheco, a former American Soccer League player; Michael Rogers, a former University of Rhode Island and Pawtucket Rangers player, and the 2002 national champion Community College of Rhode Island team.

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