Chicago Fire (0-1-5) vs New England Revolution (2-3-1)
April 19, 2013
4 p.m (NBCSN)
The Chicago Fire come into this game still looking for their first “W” of the season. The Fire reached a draw for a fifth consecutive match, playing to a 1-1 result with the Montréal Impact last Saturday. The Fire sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 5 points from 6 games.
Despite all the draws, head coach, Frank Yallop, is not worried, “If we keep playing like that, the wins will come. For me as a coach, I could only ask for effort, play and to create chances, we’re getting punished for the odd chance the opposition is getting right now. In our last two games we’ve played well enough to win both games, but we haven’t. So we got to keep going and not worry about it.”
One of Chicago’s biggest weapons, 2013 MLS MVP, Mike Magee has been quite so far this season. With only one goal and two assists to his name, last season’s MVP will look to get out of his funk versus the Revolution.
Even with a slow start to the season, the Revolution will need to focus most of their attention on Magee, who often strikes the back of the net on impulse.
A slow start to the 2014 regular season prompted some to question the New England Revolution’s legitimacy without Juan Agudelo. Following wins in two of their last three games, however, the Revs are back to suitable form.
The Revolution hope to continue their well-timed spell on the road against the Chicago Fire.
However, the Revs will be playing at Toyota Park today without the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, Jose Goncalves, who sustained a hurt quad at the Dynamo home match. His gritty but composed style of play is so integral to the Revolution’s positive results, especially in the face of a dangerous opposing attacker like Magee.
In his absence, expect Andrew Farrell to move to center during the game, and Darrius Barnes move to the right ride. These defenders work well together on the back line, and they should be up to the task of handling the Fire attack today.
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