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Saturday, May 3, 2008
(All times Eastern)
Chicago (3-1-1) at New England (3-2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire and New England Revolution
will renew their Major League Soccer rivalry when the two Eastern Conference
foes square off at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
The clubs are currently tied for second in the Eastern table with the Fire
having a game in hand. Both teams are coming off one-goal victories in league
play last week.
Chicago topped the Colorado Rapids 2-1 behind a John Thorrington double this
past Saturday in its last league fixture.
"I think our attacking group played well, I think from the first minute their
movement was good and they created some chances just like last week," Fire
coach Denis Hamlett said. "Last week we didn't finish on those chances but
tonight a different guy stepped up and finished on two. We got the win and
that is the important thing."
The Revs, who have been banged up this season, topped FC Dallas, 1-0, in their
last league fixture on April 24 at Pizza Hut Park.
"I said earlier on in the season that there is no hopeless case with this
team," Revs coach Steve Nicol said. "They always think they're going to come
up and get something. To come here with six guys who would probably be
starting and get three points is a fantastic result for us. I'd have to say
that there is much between the two. (Matt) Reis made two great saves and we
had three great chances. We made chances."
The Revs could be getting a boost for Saturday's fixture, with defender Chris
Albright and midfielders Jeff Larentowicz, Sainey Nyassi and Steve Ralston
listed as probable on the injury report. All four players are starters who
have missed significant time this season.
The team will need its top players to be successful against a very good
defensive Chicago club that has allowed just three goals through five games
"Defensively it's been the same all season so far," Chicago goalkeeper Jon
Busch said. "Guys in front of me: Bakary [Soumare], Diego [Gutierrez], Gonzalo
[Segares], Brandon [Prideaux] - they're fantastic. They are limiting a lot of
what I have to do and that's good for me. I organize them and keep them tight
and you know, we give up one goal or less usually almost every game so that's
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