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Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution, Live at 4pm ET on NBCSN: Open Thread

chicago new england Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution, Live at 4pm ET on NBCSN: Open Thread

Chicago Fire (0-1-5) vs New England Revolution (2-3-1)
Toyota Park
April 19, 2013
4 p.m (NBCSN) 

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chicago new england revolution Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution, Live at 4pm ET on NBCSN: Open Thread

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.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

About Pedro Heizer

Pedro Heizer began his sportswriting career covering the Miami Heat of the NBA. Soon after, he opened his horizons and began writing about soccer in the United States on his website 90 Minutes Strong. Pedro highly enjoys watching and covering Major League Soccer and the United States Men's and Women's National Teams.
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