putting both over the bar -- but only once in the opening half did Colorado actually get behind the Revs defense, Delgado's indecision in the box costing him a quality chance with 10 minutes to go until the break.
The story was very much the same in the second half, though the Rapids got the first chance of the second stanza when Henderson took a chance on a long-range shot. Revs 'keeper Matt Reis, who got the start with Adin Brown recovering from a concussion suffered last week, dove toward the far post to tip the effort wide.
But the Revolution continued their dominance of possession and chances. Noonan had a header from a free kick by Joey Franchino held by Cannon in the 53rd minute, and 11 minutes later Dempsey had a weak effort blocked by the Rapids 'keeper after a clever Noonan back-heel set the first-year man up six yards from goal.
The Revolution's inability to convert chances did not go unpunished, and the Rapids grabbed the winner in the 74th minute. Matt Crawford picked out Henderson with a cross from the left, and after Henderson's flick header was pushed onto the face of the bar by Reis, Delgado was there to provide the final touch over the fallen 'keeper and the line.
That was all the Rapids needed, keeping the visitors from any real threats over the final quarter-hour to secure a second consecutive victory and maintain contact with the top of the Western Conference.
The Rapids get back to conference play Saturday against the Galaxy in Los Angeles (10 p.m. ET; FSW/FSE), while the Revolution visit the Chicago Fire next Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET), the second half of a doubleheader featuring an international friendly between the U.S. men's national team and Poland.
MLSNet.com Man of the Match: Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids)
New England Revolution (3-8-3) vs. Colorado Rapids (5-3-6)
COL -- Alberto Delgado (Perez) 1 (unassisted) 75