MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 2, Chicago 1 — New England gets a rare win on the shores of Lake Michigan

WHO: Revolution at Chicago Fire
WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
WHAT’S UP: The Revolution hope to avert a second straight defeat and get back onto the winning side of the ledger when they travel to the Windy City today to take on a Fire side that has lost four out of its last six. A guaranteed three points? We’ll see.

We’re underway. Your starting lineups and benches are available, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.

1′ Tommy Mac with a takeaway and a long volley for Buksa.

2′ Bou is offside.

3′ GOAL REVOLUTION, holy moly, and it’s Teal Bunbury from Tommy McNamara! Polster with a takeaway, gets it to Bou, who wins the ball and gets it to Buksa. He lays it off with the head to McNamara, he’s unselfish as he sips to Bunbury, and he slots home. 1-nil to The Boys In Blue.

7′ Bunbury down, he takes a forearm to the face by Herbers.

8′ He’s up, and he’s back on.

9′ Nice feed from Chicago to Navarro on the off the ball run, and Turner scrambles onto it.

12′ BIG SAVE MATT TURNER as he stops Collier’s header… Farrell with a block… and Gimenez with a shot that Turner stops at the far post.

23′ Bye with a feed to Bunbury after Bunbury won the ball back… but Bunbury’s cross goes to no one.

15′ Corner to the Fire. Medran’s service to Giminez is a header to the near post, but it’s wide.

20′ Turnover by Büttner right to Chicago in the attacking third…. that could have been bad.

21′ Corner kick to Chicago.

22′ GOAL CHICAGO. Lackadaisical defending by the Revolution as the ball is sent out to the center channel. The ball goes off Farrell to Fabian Herbers behind him, and he scores. 1-1

24′ Free kick to the Revs…. Buksa’s blocked.

25′ Corner to the Revs.

27′ Good try by Buksa, blazes over, though.

29′ Aliseda with an amazing run that broke a lot of Revolution ankles… he goes down, Charlie Davies says he saw a grab of the shorts by Farrell. Went down too late.

33′ Collier goes down as he lost the ball. He flopped.

35′ Feels like an eternity since the Revs have touched the ball in the attacking third, and Bou gives it up and sends play the other way…. and Fagundez is carded for a hard tackle.

38′ Bye goes down under pressure by Navarro.

42′ Good switch by Bou. DF had stepped up a bit, too.

43′ Navarro getting a telling off for fouling Bunbury from behind.

44′ Easy save for Turner as Medran fires slow from distance.

45′ One minute minimum added on. No hydration break tonight.

45+1′ Nice dispossession by McNamara.

45+2′ Chicago with a shot by Medran, wide.


Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:

A great start, but the last 25 minutes or so saw the Revs barely get into the Fire’s half. Sort of the reverse of the Red Bull game where they had a slow start in the first 20, then picked things up a bit.

Passing was totally off in that second 25.

4 shots, one on-target, the goal. 46.8 percent possession. 56 percent passing in the attacking half. 72 percent passing accuracy total.

Second Half Underway

46′ Collier in right away, shoots wide. Kessler in for Delamea.

47′ Bou with a measured shot, fires wide.

49′ Bye with a foul, and I don’t know why he fouled Navarro there… Sekolic has the free header off his shoulder, blazes over.

50′ Header by Herbers to Collier, but the latter can’t get free, it goes off Bye over the end line for a corner.

51′ Over the crossbar on the header by Calvo.

54′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and Bunbury gets his second, and that… was absolutely unintentional. He volleys over Shuttleworth’s head, right to the far post, and that’s his fourth. 2-1 to the Revs.

57′ Penilla in for McNamara. Who moves to the 10?

59′ Beric coming in, Herbers off. Polster is down. He had pressed on Bobby, and it got a piece of the melon.

63′ Foul by Bou in a dangerous area, and it’ll be a free kick for Chicago. Polster’s back on. Center channel, 29 yards.

64′ Turner pops it up. Corner.

67′ Bye smartly concedes a corner.

69′ Turner with a corral after Medran curls it. Caldwell coming on for Fagundez, Mihailovic coming on for Navarro. Chicago will go to three in the back.

72′ Medran is down. Looks like he locked his knee.

73′ He’s up….. Navarro ends up skying one to Comiskey Park, I think.

75′ Header to Turner.

77′ Rowe for Polster, Buchanan for Buksa. No more subs for the Revs.

81′ Good ball movement by Chicago, but Navarro sends it flying.

82′ Free kick to the Revs after Teal is fouled by Giminez. Good win by Bye, too…. headed just wide by Bye, deflected for a corner.

83′ Another corner, toward Kessler, deflected over for another corner.

87′ That was horrendous. Teal’s holding up play, and he gets leveled. No call.

89′ Double sub for Chicago. Gutierrez on for Medran. Bornstein on for Frankowski.

90′ Four minutes minimum added on.

90+2′ Buttner with a shot and a save by Bobby. Great counter led by Rowe and Caldwell.


For the Revs:

Turner; Büttner, Delamea, Farrell, Bye; Polster, McNamara, Bunbury, Fagundez; Bou, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Buchanan, S. Caldwell, Jones, Kessler, Mancienne, Manneh, Penilla, Rowe

For the Fire:

Shuttleworth; Navarro, Calvo, Pineda, Sekulic; Collier, Medran, Gimenez, Frankowski; Aliseda, Herbers
Bench: Azira, Beric, Bornstein, Bronico, Gutierrez, Mihailovic, Omsberg, Reynolds, Sparrow

Yup, you read right: Chicago is 2-5-2. The fire are coming off a scoreless draw against FC Cincinnati.

The Fire have five players who are not medically cleared to play: Jeremiah Gutjahr, Johan Kappelhoff, Kenneth Kronholm, CJ Sapong, and Luke Stojanovic. The biggie to my eyes is Sapong, given what he has done to the Revolution in the past.

Fabian Herbers is on YELLOW CARD WATCH for Chicago. He is one booking away from a one-match suspension.

Like the Revolution, Chicago is having trouble in finding the back of the net: the Revs have seven goals this season, while the Fire have eight. New England is second in overall shots taken with 136.

With Kronholm unavailable, we’re expecting former Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to get the start in keep. He ranks second in Revolution history in games played in- goal, games started in goal, minutes played in goal, and wins.

The Revs are 22-27-14 against the Fire since Chicago entered the league in 1998. The Revs only have five wins in Chicago, with 17 losses and nine draws.

The last trip to Chicago was the 5-nil defeat on May 8 of last year, the last match of the Brad Friedel Era as he was fired the next morning.

Matt Turner is expected to get the start in keep tonight as he has since the league resumed in July. He will surpass 5,000 minutes played after 84 minutes played tonight.

Turner needs six saves to reach 200 career stops.

Gustavo Bou has taken 40 shots and has scored three times; he leads the league and team in those figures, respectively. His 16 shots on frame are good enough for second in the league, and he is also second in the league in chances created with 25.

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