Monthly Archives: April 2017

#CHIvNE An old clash with a new twist

The New England Revolution will be taking the field at Toyota Park in Bridgeview Ill. in just a few hours to take on the Chicago Fire (4/15 5pm et). This is an old Eastern Conference MLS clash with a new twist. The Fire are 23-21-11 all time versus New England in the regular season and 14-5-8 at home.  Both teams will be fielding very different teams compared to 2016, with new styles, new expectations and an eye on 1st place.

The Fire

Chicago enter the match at 2-1-1, (8pts) and in 5th place. The big story out of Chicago has been the blockbuster signing of German international Bastian Schweinsteiger.  However, the club had a pretty big off-season that shouldn’t be overlooked, including the acquisitions of Nemanja Niolic, who leads the team in scoring and MLS veteran Dax McCarty. Despite having a solid roster for 2017, the Fire aren’t without losses, including potentially Solignac and Accam who are listed as questionable. Goossens will not being available to coach Veljko Paunovic as he’s still recovering from injury. Chicago are coming off a 1-0 win versus the Crew and also have a win versus Real Salt Lake. They’ll be trying to get a 3rd victory vs New England as they close out a three game home stand. The Fire are an impressive 3rd in MLS on shot accuracy and may be once again using the 3-4-3 formation that lead them to triumph last week.

The Revolution 

New England currently sit in 6th place on 7pts with a record of 2-2-1 and enter the match in solid form looking to extend a  three game unbeaten run that includes wins versus Minnesota, Houston, and a draw in Portland. The last match was a home win versus Houston where the Rev’s not only scored a pair but also pitched a shutout. The Revolution entered the season with a re-tooled defense anchored by the addition of Antonio Mlinar Delamea.  Coach Heaps and company will be looking to end a poor run of results in Chicago (0-3-2 in last 5) which includes a result in 2016 that ended his teams hope of a playoff birth.

 

 

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WEATHER FORECAST

  • High Temperature: 79 degrees (Real Feel: 78 degrees)
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The Blitzz is back! #PORvNE Style…

The Revolution are taking on the Timbers tonight in Providence Park, Portland OR, at 9pmEST on EPSN2. The Revs are coming off their 1st win while the Timbers are coming off their 1st loss of the still very young 2017 campaign. Four out of the seven matches between the two sides has ended in a draw, with a slight edge going to Portland with 2 wins to New England’s 1.

Portland enter the match with an impressive record of 3-1 (9pts) with a league high twelve goals scored and in is 1st place. The Timbers have wins versus Minnesota, LA, and Houston. However, they did suffer defeat last week in Columbus, falling to the Crew 3-2. Despite conceding six goals, the Timbers still boast the Western Conferences best GD at +6. This mainly due to the fearsome attacking duo of Adi and Valari who have 4 goals each. Portland are also expecting the return of both Nagbe (USA) and Guzman (Costa Rica) from international duty but it’s not all good news for the 2015 MLS  Champions. The defense is dealing with some injuries, both Ridgewell and Vytas are nursing injuries and could miss out on the action tonight.

New England  might be able to exploit a weakened Portland defense if they can replicate the explosive offensive performance from last weeks 5-2 home victory over Minnesota United. After failing to win in the two first games of 2017 (away at COL and FCD), the Revolution got it done in their home opener, scoring five goal with four different goalscorers. New England enter the match in 9th place on 3pts with just 3 games played (League Table). After missing last weeks match Xavier Kouassi will offer some much needed defensive support if New England is too get a result tonight and limit Valeri’s impact.

  • Referee: Kevin Stott
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