MLS Preview from The Sports Network

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 this season.

"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 nice."

05/02 14:59:03 ET