Fire vs. Revolution pregame report

In what could end up being a preview of next month's Eastern Conference Final, the Chicago Fire (15-12-4, 49 pts.) will travel to Foxboro, MA on Saturday, Oct. 15 for its 2005 MLS regular season finale against the conference-leading New England Revolution (16-7-8, 56 pts.). Kick-off tomorrow night from Gillette Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Fans can also follow the action live on via WRTO AM 1200 (Spanish) and WNVR 1030 AM (Polish) in addition to the Fire's official website,, where links to the Spanish and Polish broadcasts can also be found. With both the Fire and Revs both wrapping up their postseason positions last Saturday, the squads will use Saturday's match-up to do some fine-tuning prior to their respective Eastern Conference Semifinal Series, which the Fire will begin next Friday, Oct. 21 against D.C. United at Soldier Field at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Chicago Fire at New England Revolution
Saturday, Oct. 15 @ 6:30 p.m. CT: Gillette Stadium - Foxboro, MA
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Satellite: VYVX Conf. #1918941
Audio: WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish), WNVR 1030 AM (Polish), (English)
MLS Game Guide

Series History vs. New England
The Fire will be looking to even the MLS season series with the Revs on Saturday, which New England currently leads with a record of 2-1-0. However, that task will be a daunting one for Chicago, as the "Men in Red" are just 3-7-1 in Foxboro during regular season play and 3-10-1 overall. Gillette Stadium in particular has been a house of horrors for the Fire, who has dropped its last seven contests (including the 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs) there by a combined score of 19-3. New England took the first two meetings of the season, a 3-0 drubbing of the Fire at Soldier Field on Apr. 27 and a 2-0 shutout in Foxboro on May 7, before Chicago ended its three-game losing streak to the Revs with a 1-0 home victory on July 9. Chicago also registered a win over the Revs in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on Aug. 3, defeating the Revs 3-2 in overtime in Ludlow, MA.

RED ALERT! Season Ticket On-Sale for Bridgeview Stadium to Begin Monday at 10:00 a.m. CT
The Fire has launched its RED ALERT campaign to celebrate its berth in the 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs and promote its public on-sale for the team's inaugural season in Bridgeview in 2006. The public-on sale kicks off next Monday, Oct. 17 at 10:00 a.m. CT. For more information on securing season tickets for the Fire's historic first year in Bridgeview, please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE. In addition, tickets to Game One of the Fire's Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against D.C. United on Friday, Oct. 21 are now available and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 312-559-1212 or visiting Pricing for any seat at Soldier Field during the 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs will be $25. Group prices for 10 or more seats are available for $20. For $96, fans can purchase the RED ALERT Playoff 4-Pack, which includes four playoff tickets and four RED ALERT playoff T-shirts.

RED ALERT! Fire Playoff Fact: The Fire and D.C. United last met in the postseason in 2003, when Chicago registered back-to-back 2-0 wins in the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series en route to its third MLS Cup appearance.

Fire to Host Last Viewing Party of the Season This Saturday at Kitty O'Shea's
The Chicago Fire invites its fans to gather this Saturday at Kitty O'Shea's, located at 720 S. Michigan Ave., for the last official Fire Watch Party of the 2005 regular season. Fans are invited to take advantage of drink and food specials and enjoy the chance to win Fire prizes and merchandise at the downtown Chicago hangout while seeing their "Men in Red" try to take down the New England Revolution in the 2005 regular season finale. As a thanks to the 21,097 fans that attended the club's regular season finale at Soldier Field against the Columbus Crew, fans that bring a ticket stub from the Fire-Crew match to Kitty O'Shea's will receive a free appetizer! Kickoff for this Saturday's Watch Party starts when the match does, at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Quick Kicks vs. Revolution

  • Fire midfielder Jesse Marsch could become the first player in Fire history to play 200 games in a Chicago uniform with an appearance in Saturday's match at New England.
  • Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton could make his return to the Chicago line-up this weekend, as the "Fire Original" has been officially listed as questionable for the contest. In Thornton's absence, rookie David Mahoney has posted a 1-1-1 record and 1.33 GAA.
  • Fire midfielder Justin Mapp and forward Lubos Reiter have returned from their national team duties and will be available for Saturday's regular season finale at New England. Mapp made his first career appearance for the senior U.S. National Team on Wednesday, putting in 56 impressive minutes in a 2-0 victory over Panama. Reiter is returning from Slovakia, who qualified Wednesday for one of the three UEFA region playoff games in November courtesy of its scoreless draw at home against Russia.

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