Weekly Update: Home finale on Saturday

Revs return to action, host Chicago Fire on Saturday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (7-17-8, 29 pts.) returns from the FIFA international break on Saturday, Oct. 20, when it hosts the Chicago Fire (17-10-5, 56 pts.) in the team’s home finale at Gillette Stadium. Special ticket packages, which include two tickets and two t-shirts, are available HERE for the final home game.

Saturday’s game will have a host of activities surrounding it, including the annual Fan Appreciation Night, High School Night and Breast Cancer Awareness promotions.

The Revolution match will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet alternate channel and will also be carried locally on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Saturday’s meeting will conclude the regular-season series between the two teams in 2012. The Revs defeated Chicago, 2-0 on June 2, at Gillette Stadium before Chicago earned a 2-1 win on Aug. 18 at Toyota Park.

SERIES INFORMATION VS CHICAGO FIRE

Team Notes vs. Chicago

  • Saturday’s match will be the 43rd MLS regular-season meeting between the two teams and the 62nd meeting overall, including MLS Cup playoffs, U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga meetings
  • Chicago leads the all-time regular-season series between the two teams, 19-14-9 … in all meetings, Chicago holds a 29-22-10 edge in the series
  • The Revs are 10-8-3 against the Fire in Foxborough, including an 8-5-2 record at Gillette Stadium
  • The Revs’ 2-0 victory on June 2 against the Fire snapped the Revs’ 10-game winless streak (0-7-3) against Chicago in the regular season that dated back to October 6, 2007
  • Saturday’s match concludes the three-game regular-season series between the two clubs this year … the Revs won the first meeting, 2-0, on June 2, at Gillette Stadium while Chicago won, 2-1, at Toyota Park on Aug. 18
  • Chicago won the 2011 regular-season series after defeating New England, 3-2, on Sept. 25 at Chicago following a 1-1 draw on June 18, at Gillette Stadium
  • The Revs are a combined 3-10-4 in all competitions against the Fire since the start of the 2008 season ... that record includes 11 regular-season games, four playoff matches and two SuperLiga games
  • New England and Chicago have met at least five times per season (regular-season, playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga) six times since 2002 … in 2007 and 2004, the clubs only played each other four times each … the high came in 2006 when the teams met seven times – four times in the regular season, twice in the playoffs and once in the Open Cup
  • The Revs and Fire have met in seven of the last 10 postseasons (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) … in total, the teams have met in the playoffs in eight seasons, all since 2000

Player Notes vs. Chicago

  • Ryan Guy is the team’s active leading scorer against Chicago with has two goals in three appearances against the Fire … Guy recorded two stoppage-time goals at Chicago on Sept. 25, 2011
  • Kelyn Rowe has recorded one goal and one assist against Chicago, both coming on June 2, 2012
  • Benny Feilhaber also recorded a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory against the Fire on June 2, 2012
  • Fernando Cardenas is the only other active Revolution player to score a goal against Chicago as he scored the Revs’ lone goal in the 2-1 loss when the teams last met on Aug. 18, 2012
  • Diego Fagundez recorded his first career assist on Ryan Guy’s second goal against Chicago on Sept. 25, 2011
  • Matt Reis is the Revolution’s all-time wins leader against the Fire with eight, and has posted a 1.45 goals against average and six shutouts … Reis also has three career postseason shutouts in seven appearances against Chicago

TEAM NOTES

Fan Appreciation Night

Saturday’s game marks the conclusion of the 2012 home schedule, and also the Revolution’s annual Fan Appreciation Night ... in addition to more in-game give-aways, the Revs will conduct their annual “Shirts off their Backs” promotion at the end of the game where lucky Season Ticket Holders come down to the field to get the 18 dressed players’ shirts straight off their backs ... after the game, the entire team will be in Autograph Alley, which will be set up at the north end of the stadium, under the bridge and lighthouse … as part of Fan Appreciation Night, the ProShop is offering a 20 percent discount on all Revolution items (excluding jerseys).

Rock The Plaza Concert Before Saturday’s Game

Prior to Saturday’s match, fans have a chance to see one of North America’s top bands – Three Days Grace – in a free concert at Patriot Place … the free Rock the Plaza event at the NRG Plaza at Patriot Place will run for one hour, from 6 to 7 p.m., before the Revolution take the field at 7:30 p.m. … day-of-event information will be tweeted by @patriotplace and @rocktheplaza … additional details on the band and the concert can be found HERE.

Team Awards to Be Given Out

Prior to Saturday’s game against Chicago, the Revolution will announce the team’s 2012 team award winners ... awards to be presented include: most valuable player, best defender and humanitarian of the year ... for the third year in a row, the most valuable player was determined by a fan vote, conducted Sept. 24 through Oct. 6.

Prepare for Pink

Saturday’s match is the Revs’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness night, and the team has partnered with American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and We Got Soccer for the evening … during the game, the teams will use a pink adidas Prime ball, and all Revs players will have pink ribbon patches on their jerseys and wear pink armbands, while selected players will also wear pink cleats and pink shoelaces … additionally, the referees, coaching staffs and broadcasters will also wear pink scarves and pins.

Tickets and T-Shirt Time

As the leaves begin to change and the temperatures begin to dip, fans have a chance to spend their fall Saturday evening watching their favorite team in a new long-sleeve t-shirt … special packages for two tickets and two Revs t-shirts to this Saturday’s game against Chicago are available, while supplies last, by clicking HERE.

Feilhaber Unavailable for Home Finale

Benny Feilhaber will not be available for Saturday’s home finale against Chicago … Feilhaber will miss the match while serving a mandatory one-game suspension after receiving a red card following his second yellow card in the 88th minute of the Oct. 6 match at Philadelphia … the red card is Feilhaber’s second of his MLS career and first of the season.

Extinguishing Fire at Home

The Revs and the Fire have repeatedly exerted their home field advantages in the all-time series … despite a 1-6-2 record at Toyota Park since 2006, the Revs have had Chicago’s number while in New England … the Revs are 10-8-3 in Foxborough, including an 8-5-2 record at Gillette Stadium … earlier this year, the Revs defeated Chicago, 2-0, at Gillette Stadium on June 2 before the Fire sealed a 2-1 win in Chicago on Aug. 18.

Four-Game Home Unbeaten Streak on the Line

Saturday’s game will be the only home match played in the month of October, but the Revs enter this weekend riding a four-game unbeaten streak (1-0-3) at Gillette Stadium dating back to the end of August … beginning with a 3-3 draw against Chivas USA on Aug. 29, the Revs then played to a 0-0 draw against Philadelphia on Sept. 1 before defeating Columbus, 2-0, on Sept. 5 … most recently, the Revs secured a 1-1 draw against New York with a 95th-minute equalizer on Sept. 22 … overall this season, the Revs secured points in 12 of their 16 home matches and are 6-4-6 at Gillette Stadium.

Revs Strong in Home Finales at Gillette Stadium

Since the Revs began play at Gillette Stadium in 2002, the team has sent the fans home happy in the final home game on the regular-season schedule … the Revs have picked up points in seven of their first 10 home finales at Gillette Stadium, posting a 6-3-1 record … in three home finales against Chicago, the Revs are unbeaten (2-0-1).

A Win at Home Heals Wounds

The Revs’ 1-0 loss in their most recent match on October 6 at Philadelphia set two club records … it was the team’s 17th loss, which is the team’s most in the modern scoring era of MLS (since 2004; overall, the team’s most losses came in 1999 when the team went 12-20, which was during the shootout era of MLS) … also in their last game, the Revs were held scoreless for the 12th time on the year, also setting a club record for most times being shut out in a season.

Goals Flow at Home But Road Scoring Not Shabby

Backed by their home fans, the Revs have produced nearly 60 percent of their scoring (22-of-37 goals, 59 percent) at home this season … in 16 home games, the Revs have averaged 1.38 goals per game, compared to a 0.94 goals per game in 16 road matches … the scoring may be more plentiful at home in 2012, but the team’s road goal-scoring average – 11th in MLS – actually outranks the team’s home-scoring ranking of 15th in the league.

What Will That Guy Do This Weekend?

The Revs’ go-to utility man, Ryan Guy, returned to action on Oct. 6 after missing the Sept. 29 match at Houston while on international duty with Guam … Guy continued to demonstrate his versatility as he made his first-ever start at right back … later in the match, Guy played his sixth different position of the season when he shifted to center back in the 61st minute after A.J. Soares went off with a right knee injury … Guy has made 21 appearances – including 18 starts – this season for the Revs with time at right wing (four starts), left wing, forward (four starts), central midfield (nine starts), right back (one start) and center back.

International Travelers on their Way Back

Two of the Revs players are expected back from their respective international obligations last week … Diego Fagundez, who participated in his first-ever Uruguayan Under-20 Team camp last week in Montevideo, returned to training on Monday with the Revs … Honduran striker Jerry Bengtson is expected to return to New England following Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier against Canada in San Pedro Sula … Bengtson started and played 90 minutes in Honduras’ 0-0 draw on the road in Panama.

YOUTH UPDATE

Youth Winless Against Albertson SC

This past weekend, all three youth teams were in action, traveling to Stony Brook, N.Y., to take on Albertson SC on Saturday, Oct. 13 … the U18s suffered a 5-0 loss, while the U16s lost 2-1 and the U14s lost 3-1.

Red Bulls Up Next

The youth teams will next face the New York Red Bulls at Regis College in Weston, Mass, on Sunday, Oct. 21 … the U14s will kick off at 10 a.m., followed by the U18s at 12:30 p.m. and the U16s at 3 p.m.