New England Revolution at Chicago Fire FC
Sunday, October 9 | 2:30 p.m. ET
SeatGeek Stadium | Bridgeview, Ill.
Predicted Weather: Mostly sunny | High 65 | Low 49
HOW TO TUNE IN
TV: WSBK-TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 (English), 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese)
RECENT FORM VS. CHICAGO FIRE FC
Sunday afternoon's Decision Day clash will be the second meeting between the Revs and Fire in a little more than a month, as these two sides played to a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium back on August 31. Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrović was the hero that night, stopping Chris Mueller's first-half penalty kick en route to another clean sheet. That result stretched the Revs' unbeaten run in this series to seven games, as they're 3-0-4 in the last seven meetings dating back to Bruce Arena's arrival in early 2019, including an unbeaten 2-0-1 in three trips to the Windy City.
Both of these teams have been eliminated from playoff contention ahead of the season finale, Chicago missing out on the postseason for the fifth straight year and the 11th time in the last 13 seasons. Head coach Ezra Hendrickson is aiming to close out his first campaign in a positive way, having finished off the road slate with an impressive 3-2 win over FC Cincinnati this past weekend, following back-to-back 3-2 losses to CF Montréal and Charlotte FC. In fact, there's been a total of 19 goals scored in Chicago's last four games, an average of 4.75 goals per game.
The Revs have seen their string of three straight playoff appearances snapped as they'll finish no higher than ninth in the Eastern Conference, one year after setting the MLS single-season points record (73) en route to a Supporters' Shield title. Injuries plagued the Revs throughout the season, but they finally had all three Designated Players in the starting XI for this past weekend's dramatic 2-1 win over Atlanta United FC, getting a first MLS goal from Giacomo Vrioni and a late winner from Gustavo Bou in front of 33,421 at Gillette Stadium. They'll now head to SeatGeek Stadium for Sunday's finale looking for a fourth road win to close out the campaign.
This weekend's clash is a chance for both teams to finish off 2022 with a positive performance as they begin to focus on the future and the 2023 campaign.
Overall Record vs. Fire: 33-37-18
Away Record vs. Fire: 8-25-10
Last meeting at Gillette Stadium: Revs 0, Fire 0 (August 31, 2022)
Last meeting at Chicago: Revs 3, Fire 2 (September 22, 2021)
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SHOW YOUR COLORS
The Revs will be sporting their sleek secondary kits, which take inspiration from the block work of American Revolution Era war forts in the New England area. This kit also pays homage to The Fort - the club's dedicated supporters' sections at Gillette Stadium - and features a fort-inspired blocked white shirt with a monochromatic Revolution logo, white shorts, and sky-blue socks.