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.
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.
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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- Breezy with intervals of sun and clouds
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