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Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution | 2017 MLS Match Preview

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution
2017 MLS Regular Season
Toyota Park • Bridgeview, Ill.
Saturday, April 15 • 5 p.m. ET
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Formation and personnel changes have driven quick surges from the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution, who each look to distance themselves – postively! – from the bloated middle of MLS' Eastern Conference.

Bastian Schweinsteiger arrived, made headlines, and kept things moving for the Fire, but last week it was freshly minted captain Dax McCarty who served up the game-deciding assist as part of a peak performance against Columbus. Meanwhile, Jay Heaps' switch to a diamond(-ish?) 4-4-2 has unlocked the Revs' offense even as defender Antonio Mlinar Delamea has begun to assert a stranglehold on one of the XI available Team of the Week slots.

Of note: Per Opta, Chicago have just one loss in their last 16 games at home, keeping six clean sheets over that time and scoring multiple goals nine times; the Revolution are 1-9-3 in their last 13 away games, getting shut out six times.

Chicago Fire

We haven't seen the full rollout of field talent in Chicago in recent weeks, but could get a taste of the intended XI on Saturday. Juninho returns to action after a red-card suspension, fitting the final head on Chicago's midfield Cerberus, and we'll get to see if McCarty and Schweinsteiger can continue the love fest while serving up more of those sweet, sweet through balls.

  • Suspended: NONE
  • Int’l Duty: NONE
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - John Goossens (right ankle surgery); QUESTIONABLE: F - Luis Solignac (left knee injury); M - David Accam (right hip pain), M - Matt Polster (right knee strain)

Projected Starting XI (4-3-3): GK: Jorge Bava - Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent - Juninho, Dax McCarty, Bastian Schweinsteiger - Michael de Leeuw, Nemanja Nikolic, David Accam

Notes: The Fire have been scoring 1.4 goals and conceding 0.9 goals per 90 with Bastian Schweinsteiger on the pitch. Without him, they have been scoring 0.9 and conceding 1.6.

New England Revolution

The Revs snapped a season-opening two-game slide with a five-goal shellacking of expansion side Minnesota United FC, and are now riding a three-game undefeated streak (2-0-1). Juan Agudelo has proven a steady contributor through the early action, and 22-year-old Diego Fagundez – who recently became the first field playing-HGP to surpass 10,000 career minutes – has shown he's again an every-game option after an uneven 2016.

  • Suspended: NONE
  • Int’l Duty: NONE
  • Injury Report: NONE

Projected starting XI (4-4-2): GK: Cody Cropper - Andrew Farrell, Joshua Smith, Antonio Mlinar Delamea, Kelyn Rowe - Xavier Kouassi, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen - Juan Agudelo, Kei Kamara

Notes: Lee Nguyen has scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Revolution. He had three goals in his previous 22 appearances for the team.

All-Time Series

  • Chicago and New England have matched up 55 times in MLS regular-season action, with the Fire holding a 23-21-11 advantage, largely due to Chicago's ability to win in New England (Road: 9-16-3). The Fire have been better at limiting the visitors to ties (Home: 14-5-8).

Referees

Referee: TED UNKEL
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski (bench side), Eduardo Mariscal (far side)
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos

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Current Form

Chicago
New England

Season Stats

Chicago FireNew England Revolution
5Games Played5
2Wins2
1Losses2
2Draws1
6Goals9
7Goals Conceded6
36Shots48
20Shots on Target20
47Fouls committed56
66Fouls suffered49
11Offside8
23Corners23

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
CHI1220061.2
NE1210191.8
01234+Avg
CHI012001.7
NE001013.5
01234+Avg
CHI110000.5
NE120000.7

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
CHI2110171.4
NE1220061.2
01234+Avg
CHI201000.7
NE101001
01234+Avg
CHI010012.5
NE021001.3
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