Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - A pair of Eastern Conference clubs hoping to
improve their playoff odds will meet at Gillette Stadium on Saturday as the
New England Revolution host the Chicago Fire.
The two clubs enter the weekend separated by just a single point as Chicago,
sitting on spot off a postseason slot with 31 points, maintains a narrow lead
over New England.
They are two clubs heading in opposite directions, as well. While the Fire are
unbeaten in their last four league games, the Revs have dropped two in a row,
both to Eastern Conference foes.
In its most recent outing, New England was humbled in a 3-0 road loss to
Sporting Kansas City, a match that saw the Revs finish with nine men after
Dimitry Imbongo and Andy Dorman both received red cards.
"We'll look forward to a positive reaction at home. ... We've talked about it
all year that we don't want to go on losing streaks," said defender Chris
Tierney. "So it's time to draw the line in the sand, and we'll come out next
week fired up."
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was quite blunt in his analysis after the
match, underlining the disappointment in his side's performance.
"We didn't start well, didn't finish well and we lost 3-0. It's disappointing
because they had three shots on goal in the game and scored on all three,"
said Heaps. "That's a tough stat to look at because we pride ourselves on
closing people down and trying to defend."
While New England has slipped to seventh place in the table, Chicago has been
on the up-and-up.
"I think everybody had written us off for the start but it's not how you
start, it's how you finish," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said. "They have
never given up and they never will until the end. Now we just have to move
ahead, it's a good feeling but the commitment has to be even more from
everyone in order to reach our goal."
The Fire are coming off of a 2-1 defeat of the Montreal Impact, their second
straight victory against Eastern Conference opposition.
Not only will the Fire look to extend their winning run to three games with
maximum points at Gillette Stadium, but they will be out to exact a little
revenge after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to the Revs on March 9.
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