On Saturday night, the Revolution will look to extends its two-match winning streak at Toyota Park. Standing in the way will be the Chicago Fire, who lapsed in July but currently occupy the second spot on the Eastern Conference table.
Here’s everything you need to know about the week 22 matchup:
New England: L-L-L-W-W
Chances to Win
Nemanja Nikolic and the Fire will enter Saturday’s match as the clear favorite. According to FiveThirtyEight, Chicago has a 53 percent chance of earning a win and a 24 percent chance of earning a draw. That means a Revolution win (23 percent chance) serves as a least-likely outcome.
Stat that Matters Most
That’s how many times the Fire have defeated its opponent in 10 home matches this season; the club has a 9-0-1 record at Toyota Park. The Revolution, meanwhile, have yet to win on the road, compiling an 0-7-3 record.
The Revolution have spread the wealth this season, with Lee Nguyen (eight goals), Juan Agudelo (eight) and Kei Kamara (seven) leading the way offensively. Nguyen has added nine assists to his campaign while consistently competing with Sacha Kljestan for the league lead in chances created. Kljestan has created 69; Nguyen has created 64.
For the Fire, Nikolic (16 goals) and David Accam (12 goals) find themselves atop the scoring sheet. Nickolic has taken 39 shots on goal, more than any other player in MLS.
How to Watch
Kick-off time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
TV Broadcast: CSN-NE (New England), CSN Chicago Plus (Chicago)
Streaming: MLS Live
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (New England)
Injuries and Absentees
For the Revolution, Daigo Kobayashi will once again serve as a game-time decision while nursing a hamstring injury. The same will be true of Xavier Kouassi, who played six minutes against the Galaxy on July 22 but did not see the field last weekend against the Union. A quad injury has kept Kouassi out of the lineup since May 27.
The Fire have three players listed on its injury report, none of whom will play Saturday night. The list includes midfielder John Goossens (ankle), defender Brandon Vincent (quad) and goalkeeper Jorge Bava (elbow).
New England: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie, Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen; Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury
Chicago: Matt Lampson; Patrick Doody, Joao Meira, Johan Kappelhof, Matt Polster; Dax McCarty, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juninho; David Accam, Nemanja Nikolic, Michael de Leeuw