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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 7:40 PM
  • • Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
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MLS Preview: New England Revolution - Chicago Fire

MLS Preview: New England Revolution - Chicago Fire

John Gress

Chicago is in the playoffs; New England isn't. But the Revolution will want to end this depressing season on a high.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
New England Revolution (4-4-2): Shuttleworth; Guy, Soares, Barnes, Alston; Rowe, Simms, Feilhaber, Purdie; Bengtson, Fagundez.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

New England

Chicago Fire

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

New England Revolution NER
New England Revolution New England
Draw
Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
17%
83%

Top 3 Predictions

New England Revolution NER
0 - 2
Chicago Fire FIR
New England Revolution NER
1 - 2
Chicago Fire FIR
New England Revolution NER
0 - 1
Chicago Fire FIR

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