Chicago is in the playoffs; New England isn't. But the Revolution will want to end this depressing season on a high.
|New England Revolution (4-4-2): Shuttleworth; Guy, Soares, Barnes, Alston; Rowe, Simms, Feilhaber, Purdie; Bengtson, Fagundez.
OUT: DF Flo Lechner (R knee MCL sprain); DF Stephen McCarthy (concussive-like symptoms); MF Lee Nguyen (R shoulder surgery); DF Tyler Polak (R foot sprain); FW Saer Sene (L knee ACL surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: DF A.J. Soares (R knee sprain); DF Chris Tierney (L knee sprain / L hamstring strain); MF Juan Toja (L knee swelling)
PROBABLE: FW Alec Purdie (L quad strain)
|Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Gargan; Pause, Paladini; Nyarko, Rolfe, Fernandez; MacDonald.
OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Pavel Pardo (L calf tightness)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chicago's Sherjill MacDonald had his first two-goal game since coming to MLS, netting both goals in the Fire’s 2-0 win at New York on Oct. 6.
- These teams are meeting for the third time this season, having split the first two decisions, with each winning at home. Goals four minutes apart from Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber midway through the second half gave the Revolution a 2-0 victory June 2 at Gillette Stadium, then Chris Rolfe and Sherjill MacDonald scored first-half goals for a 2-1 Fire win, Aug. 18 at Toyota Park.
- The Revolution have been shut out in back-to-back games for a third time this season following their 1-0 loss at Philadelphia on Oct. 6. They have not been blanked in three consecutive games this season.
- The Fire have already qualified for the playoffs, and, just three points behind Sporting Kansas City with two games left in the regular season, still have a shot at the Eastern Conference title. New England will finish the season in ninth place in the East, no matter what.
- It's been a rough few years for New England. The Revs, who once made the MLS Cup final three years in a row, will spend a third straight year watching the playoffs from home.