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Revolution vs. Fire: New England Looks To Finish Strong At Home Against Chicago

The New England Revolution will close out the home portion of their 2012 campaign with a clash against their heated rivals, the second-placed Chicago Fire. With a roster torn apart by injuries and suspensions, head coach Jay Heaps will be doing his best to put out a lineup capable of salvaging some pride from what should prove to be a tough matchup.

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Revs 1-0 Fire: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

After a disappointing season peppered with poor results, the New England Revolution left their largest home crowd of 2012 with something to be happy about as they dismantled a potent Chicago Fire team, earning a 1-0 victory in their home finale. It was a complete team performance in defense and midfield, with a moment of sheer brilliance to seal the win.


The Couch Captain: Revs 1, Fire 0

In their home finale, Jay Heaps and the Revs served up a stellar performance in front of a spirited crowd. With 5 players out injured and Benny Feilhaber suspended, it was some new blood that came up with the huge performance.


Revs Lead at Half Against Chicago Fire

The Revolution managed to put in a solid first 45 minutes thus far, and look eager for more goals to add to Diego Fagundez's 17th minute cracker. The most encouraging effort came from a 33rd minute Kevin Alston shot. Alston did well to work his way up the left side of the pitch and pass to Dimitry Imbongo who was waiting, back-to-goal, at the top of the box. Imbongo played Alston into the box from there but Kevin was unable to get a good enough angle and the shot sailed above the crossbar.

Blair Gavin has had perhaps the most notable performance so far. The newcomer has made some impressive runs to help the Revs push forward on coutner attacks and has been crucial in breaking up the Fire's passes in the center of the pitch. On top of that, Gavin has also been a contributor defensively as well as on free kicks.

If the Revs can hold onto this lead, they may just be able to tally their 9th win of the season, something the fans will surely be happy to witness being that tonight is fan appreciation night at Gillette Stadium. Fun fact: the Revs are 5-1-1 when leading at the half.


Revs Goal! Fagundez Opens Scoring in 17th Minute

After a lackluster opening to the match by both sides, the New England Revolution opened the scoring by way of an absolute howler from boy wonder Diego Fagundez in the 17th minute. The shot, from 25 yards out, was assisted by Kelyn Rowe.

The Revolution's opening goal seemed to ride on the wake of Bobby Shuttleworth's save just a few minutes before when he came off his line to pluck out a Fire cross into the box. From there, the Revs played the ball out of the back-field and found Rowe, who seemed to be in the process of swapping wings with Fagundez. Once Fagundez found himself with a bit of space, the MLS sophomore let a shot sail from distance and Fire keeper Sean Johnson couldn't stretch far enough to stop it.

New England will certainly hope they can hang onto this lead, but Chicago looks hungry to answer back.


Revs v. Fire Starting Lineups: Gavin gets NE debut

For the first time since coming to New England from Chivas USA as part of the Shalrie Joseph trade, Blair Gavin will start in the midfield for the Revolution against the Chicago Fire. A.J. Soares also gets an unexpected start on the back-line after being listed as questionable on the Revolution's most recent injury report.

Revolution Starting XI (4-4-2):

Shuttleworth; Guy, Barnes, Soares, Alston; Rowe, Gavin, Simms, Fagundez; Bengtson, Imbongo

Revolution Bench: Reis, Brettschneider, Cardenas, Nyassi, Purdie, Tierney, Toja

Fire Starting XI (4-5-1):

Johnson; Anibaba, Gargan, Berry, Segares; Fernandez, Rolfe, Pause, Paladini, Nyarko; MacDonald

Fire Bench: Tornaghi, Bone, Alex, Friedrich, Oduro, Pineda, Videira


Revs vs. Fire: Live Game Thread (Part III)

Only two games left before the Revs close the book on their 2012 season. Tonight's match is New England's home closer, and fans will certainly be hoping to enter the off-season on a high note with a win tonight against the Fire.


Revs vs. Fire: Preview and Game Notes

The New England Revolution will hope to close out their 2012 home campaign on a high note against the playoff-bound Chicago Fire. A full slate of injuries and suspensions have contrived to make that endeavor all the more difficult for a battered and dejected Revolution club.


Revolution vs. Fire: Know Thy Enemy Part III

The Revolution will play their final home game of the season this Saturday night against long-time rivals the Chicago Fire. We spoke with Hot Time In Old Town, a fellow MLS blog here on SB Nation, to get some answers to the questions leading into the weekend.

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