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#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)
  • Breezy with intervals of sun and clouds
  • Ref-Ted Unkel

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#NERevs looking to build off NYC win vs Chicago #cf97 #CHIvNE

After losing a season and league high five straight matches, the New England Revolution finally won a game.  Last week at home and in front of a record crowd, the Revs managed a 1-0 win over New York City FC.  The task at hand now for Heaps and company will be to build upon that win and get another against the Fire this Saturday, July 25th (8:30pm).

The Fire are currently 10th in the East (5W-11L-3T) and are coming off back to back losses against the Columbus Crew in league play.  They will be entering Saturdays game on short rest after having a midweek (Wednesday) match in Open Cup play against Orlando.  Head Coach and Director of Soccer, Frank Yallop will not be looking past New England despite the strong line up fielded against Orlando City and the importance of the Open Cup.  The Fire eliminated Orlando with a 3-1 home victory.  Patrick Nyarko opened the scoring with a 3′ goal and Kennedy Igboananike, who came off the bench, finished it with two late goals (87′ 90′) for the win.   Chicago will be without the services of Quincy Amarikwa who was traded to San Jose for defender Ty Harden (6/26/15) and Jason Johnson is suspended.  David Accam is the Fire’s leading scorer with five on the year.

In order to get points from the visit to Toyota Park in Bridgeview Illinois,  New England will have to rely on Lee Nguyen to put in another solid performance.  It was Nguyen who scored the game winner versus NYC after being set up nicely by Diego Fagundez (Replay).  The Rev’s are currently in 5th place (7W-9L-6T) and have struggled to score but especially defend.  The Rev’s have given up more goals this season then all but one other club.   Jermaine Jones is back with the team from injury but is unlikely to contribute.  Although, Jose Goncalves will be available after missing last week on a suspension.  Coach Jay Heaps will also be counting on Chris Tierney to put in another solid effort.  Tierney was named to the MLS All Star team and served as team captain in the victory last week against New York.

NE YC Watch: Nguyen and Woodberry

Ref: Salazar

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