Revolution vs. Fire: Preview and Game Notes

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 2: Kelyn Rowe #11 of the New England Revolution passes by a defender of the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on June 2, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Rowe scored in the second half. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Revolution are facing the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Bridgeview is definitely not a favored environment for the Revs to try and break their six-game winless streak, but nevertheless they must try. Chicago is sitting pretty in fourth place with a game in hand on the teams above them, and will be looking at this fixture as an easy three points at home.

Revolution Injury Report

PROBABLE: Darrius Barnes (R Ankle Sprain)
OUT: Blair Gavin (L Hamstring Tightness), Alec Purdie (L Ankle Sprain), Bobby Shuttleworth (L Knee Sprain)

Fire Injury Report

OUT: Cory Gibbs (R Knee Meniscus Repair), Logan Pause (L Pneumothorax)

Predicted Lineups:

REVS (4-4-2): Reis; Tierney, Soares, McCarthy, Alston; Nguyen, Simms, Feilhaber, Guy; Bengtson, Sene

FIRE (4-4-2): Johnson; Segares, Friedrich, Berry, Anibaba; Pappa, Fernandez, Paladini, Pardo; MacDonald, Rolfe

Team notes

  • Saturday's match will be the 42nd MLS regular-season meeting between the two teams and the 61st meeting overall, including MLS Cup playoffs, U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga meetings
  • Chicago leads the all-time regular-season series between the two teams, 18-14-9 ... in all meetings, Chicago holds a 28-22-10 edge in the series
  • The Revs are 4-10-6 on the road at Chicago and are winless (0-5-1) at Toyota Park in regular season play since it opened in 2006
  • Saturday's match is the second of three regular-season meetings between the two clubs this year ... the Revs won the fi rst meeting, 2-0, on June 2, at Gillette Stadium ... the teams will meet in Foxborough again on October 20
  • The Revs' 2-0 victory on June 2 against the Fire snapped New England's 10 game regular season winless streak (0-7-3) against Chicago, which dated back to October 6, 2007
  • Chicago won the 2011 regular-season series after defeating New England, 3-2, on Sept. 25 at Chicago, following a 1-1 draw on June 18, at Gillette Stadium
  • The Revs' win in Chicago in SuperLiga 2010 remains the Revs' first - and only -- victory at Toyota Park since the stadium's inaugural year in 2006 ... prior to the win, the Revs were 0-6-1 in their seven previous appearances at Toyota Park, and were outscored 14-2 in those matches
  • The Revs are a combined 3-9-4 in all competitions against the Fire since the start of the 2008 season ... that record includes 10 regular-season games, four playoff matches and two SuperLiga games
  • In six different seasons since 2002, New England and Chicago have met at least five times per season (regular-season, playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga) ... in 2007 and 2004, the clubs only played each other four times each ... the high came in 2006 when the teams met seven times - four times in the regular season, twice in the playoffs and once in the Open Cup
  • The Revs and Fire have met in seven of the last 10 postseasons (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) ... in total, the teams have met in the playoffs in eight seasons, all since 2000

Player notes

  • Ryan Guy is the team's active leading scorer against Chicago with two goals in two appearances against the Fire ... Guy recorded two stoppage-time goals at Chicago on Sept. 25, 2011
  • Kelyn Rowe has recorded one goal and one assist against Chicago, both coming on June 2, 2012
  • Benny Feilhaber also recorded a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory against the Fire when the teams last met on June 2, 2012
  • Matt Reis is the Revolution's all-time wins leader against the Fire with eight, while he has posted a 1.42 goals against average and six shutouts ... Reis also has three career postseason shutouts in seven appearances against Chicago
  • Diego Fagundez recorded his first career assist on Ryan Guy's second goal against Chicago on Sept. 25, 2011

Broadcast Information: TV: CSN, 8:30 PM EST; RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, 8:30 PM EST

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