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When both teams took the field on Saturday night, it was evident that they had their sights set on future games. Despite taking the half, the Rumble fell to the Whitecaps 24-17.
New York and Boston played loose lines, missing stars such as Jeff Graham and Chris Mazur. For Boston, this game was about getting everyone playing time and staying healthy in order to best prepare for their playoff game. For the Rumble, it was all about mentally preparing for Sunday’s game with the DC Current.
The NY Rumble traded points with Boston for most of the first half. During the second quarter, the Rumble took a lead on Boston by forcing turnovers and patiently moving the disc and finding the right time to score. With the help of Austin Raymond, who was injured most of the early part of the season the Rumble took half 12-11.
In the second half, the Whitecaps came out refreshed and hungry to maintain a perfect season. Their defense capitalized on Rumble mistakes, and the Whitecaps eventually outscored the Rumble in the half, 12-6.
With Whitecaps star Brandon “Muffin” Malecek returning in the second half, Boston’s offense started to click and with a few unfortunate drops from the Rumble’s offense, Boston was able to pull out the win 24-17.