8 pm CT (FSN-NE)
The most vitally important match of the weekend takes place in Chicago, where the loser will their playoff hopes dealt a serious blow. The Chicago Fire come into the match in fourth place, just two points ahead of the New England Revolution - and third-place D.C. United starting to show signs of pulling away. The Fire come into the match after losing at midweek to Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup Final, the first time in four trips to the nation's oldest competition they haven't carried off the Dewar Trophy. Last weekend, the Revolution put paid to a long winless run in style, hitting for a club league record six goals in defeating the Colorado Rapids.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. SAR (bench): Nate Clement; JAR (opposite): Rick Eddy; 4th: Michael Kennedy
MLS Career: 106 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 29; pens: 19
Games involving Fire: P17 W10 L4 T3; FC/gm: 31.1; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 2; pens: 2
Games involving Revolution: P13 W9 L3 T1; FC/gm: 28.7; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 4; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: FW Ante Razov (R ankle bone spur); MD Justin Mapp (R knee LCL sprain); QUESTIONABLE: MD Chris Armas (R knee surgery) ... NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION - OUT: DF Steve Howey (R quad strain); GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Carlos Llamosa (L knee sprain); FW Joe-Max Moore (R knee sprain); GK Kyle Singer (R shoulder sprain); DF Joe Franchino (R hip strain); PROBABLE: MD Clint Dempsey (L ankle sprain); DF Marshall Leonard (R toe sprain); MD Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: CHI: Chris Armas (19 CP); Jim Curtin (18 CP); Andy Williams (18 CP) ... NE: Clint Dempsey (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Revolution 7 wins (0 shootout), 30 goals ... Fire 6 wins (0 shootout), 26 goals ... 5 draws AT CHICAGO (9 meetings): Fire 3 wins (0 shootout), 14 goals ... Revolution 2 wins (0 shootout), 11 goals ... 4 draw
The Chicago Fire saw the result reversed in the second half of their home-and-home series with D.C. United, a two-game winning snapped in a dire 3-1 loss at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. The Fire remained in fourth place in the Eastern Conference despite the loss with 29 points from 26 matches, but now lead fifth-place New England Revolution by just two points, and are four behind third-place United.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution snapped a five-match winless streak in emphatic fashion, hitting for a club league record six goals in a 6-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, but are now just two points behind the Chicago Fire with 27 points from 26 matches, and trail third-place D.C. United by six points.