FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution host Chicago Fire FC tonight for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium. The match airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, CoziTV, 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio, as well as on ESPN+ for out-of-market subscribers. 

Here is a closer look at the Starting XI for tonight’s match. Click here to view the Revolution’s complete match notes. 

Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D Brandon Bye, D Andrew Farrell, D Henry Kessler, D DeJuan Jones; M Matt Polster, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Carles Gil ©, M Tommy McNamara; F Gustavo Bou, F Teal Bunbury 

  • Bruce Arena’s Starting XI features two changes from the club’s most last match on September 29 at CF Montreal. Midfielder Wilfrid Kaptoum and forward Teal Bunbury start in place of Tajon Buchanan and Adam Buksa, respectively.  
  • Arena (238-135-110) enters tonight’s match just two wins shy of matching Sigi Schmid (240) for the most regular season victories in MLS history. Arena is 36-14-21 with New England in the regular season. 
  • Carles Gil will set a new career high and club mark with his next chance created, surpassing his own personal-best of 108 (2019). The Spanish midfielder, who owns a MLS-best 16 assists, netted the game-winning goal in stoppage time in the most recent meeting with Chicago on Sept. 22 to clinch a playoff berth.
  • Gustavo Bou has registered one goal and three assists over his last four appearances. The Argentinian striker is tied with Adam Buksa for the team lead in goals scored this season (13) – tied for fourth most in MLS. 
  • Goalkeeper Matt Turner’s next victory will be his 40th in MLS. Turner is an unbeaten 10-0-2 at Gillette Stadium in 2021, including three clean sheets. The sixth-year pro returns to the Revs after logging two starts for the United States in October’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, giving him 12 caps at the international level. 
  • Matt Polster began his professional career with Chicago for four seasons from 2015-18, collecting 82 appearances. Polster enters the weekend ranked among top MLS midfielders in midfielders in clearances (4th - 46), and interceptions (T-9th - 36).
  • Teal Bunbury has scored three goals in his last three games played against Chicago. The 12th-year MLS veteran ranks among the league’s top-10 active players in appearances, and in the top-15 for goals scored. 
  • DeJuan Jones netted the opening goal in New England’s most recent victory at Montreal, giving him a career-high three goals – tied for most among MLS defenders in 2021 – along with four assists. 
  • Andrew Farrell enters the weekend tied for second in MLS in minutes played (2,520). 
  • Brandon Bye makes his 26th appearance and 24th start of the season, including 24 starts. Byeranks second on the team in tackles won (27) and third in both duels won (139) and minutes played (2,117). 
  • Henry Kessler suits up for his 25th appearance of the season. The second-year defender, who opened his 2021 account with the opening goal in New England’s last meeting with Chicago, has posted 90-minute performances in his last 15 appearances. 
  • Wilfrid Kaptoum logged his second assist of the season in New England’s win at Montreal. The midfielder from Cameroon registers his 20th appearance and 10th start of his inaugural MLS campaign tonight. 
  • Tommy McNamara tied with Andrew Farrell for the team lead in games played this season, has two goals and four helpers on the year. 

Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Jon Bell, D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Christian Mafla, M Tajon Buchanan, M Luis Caicedo, M Arnór Traustason, M Emmanuel Boateng, F Adam Buksa

  • Tajon Buchanan (Canada) and Adam Buksa (Poland) rejoin New England after featuring for their respective national teams in October FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. They each logged two appearances and one goal scored. 
  • Buksa has scored in three consecutive appearances and owns five goals and one assist over his last six games played. The second-year forward is six shots shy of hitting the century mark on the season and eight shots away from setting a new Revolution single-season high (Wolde Harris - 101, 2000).
  • Buchanan owns career-bests in goals (7) and assists (5) over 22 games played this season, including six starts. Buchanan’s next goal will be his 10th in MLS regular season play. 
  • Arnór Traustason ranks tied for second on the team in assists (7) and tied for sixth in shots (27). Traustason has appeared in 25 contests with 18 starts this season. 
  • Emmanuel Boateng appears on the matchday roster after missing the last four games due to injury. 
  • Luis Caicedo appears on New England’s matchday roster for the fourth consecutive match. The Colombian midfielder has made two appearances this season, including one start, in his return from a long injury absence. 
  • Revolution II graduate Jon Bell owns one goal and two assists over 10 games played, including eight starts.