CHICAGO, Illinois. – The Supporters’ Shield-leading New England Revolution are set to visit Chicago Fire FC for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff tonight at Soldier Field (TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, Sirius XM FC 157, 1260 AM Nossa Radio). With a win in tonight’s match, the Revolution will clinch a berth in the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. A victory would also set a new club record for wins in a season (18) and match the team’s single-season record for points (59).
Here is a closer look at tonight’s Revolution Starting XI. To view the Revolution’s complete match notes, click here.
Starting XI: GK Matt Turner, D A.J. DeLaGarza, D Jon Bell, D Henry Kessler, D Christian Mafla; M Luis Caicedo, M Scott Caldwell, M Wilfrid Kaptoum, M Arnór Traustason; F Teal Bunbury ©, F Edward Kizza
- Tonight’s Starting XI features a season-high nine changes to the starting lineup from last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Columbus. A.J. DeLaGarza, Jon Bell, Christian Mafla, Luis Caicedo, Scott Caldwell, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Arnór Traustason, Teal Bunbury, and Edward Kizza will all start tonight’s contest.
- Matt Turner (7,976) is set to surpass 8,000 MLS minutes played in tonight’s match as he collects his 90th league appearance. Turner holds a 2-1-2 all-time record over five games played against Chicago.
- A.J. DeLaGarza suits up for his 275th MLS appearance tonight, which is tied for 19th most among all active MLS players. The veteran defender has appeared in eight games for New England, starting three.
- Revolution Homegrown Player Scott Caldwell earns his 175th MLS start, second most all-time among Revolution Academy products, and his second start of the 2021 season. New England is a perfect 10-0-0 this season when the Braintree, Mass. native appears in a match.
- Luis Caicedo is set to appear in MLS action for the first time since October 6, 2019. Caicedo, who played 90 minutes for Revolution II on Sept. 18 in his first action in return from a knee injury, needs 52 more minutes to eclipse 5,000 minutes played in MLS.
- Arnór Traustason registers his 24th appearance and 18th start of the season. The Icelandic winger ranks second on the team in assists (6) and sixth in shots (26).
- Cameroon native Wilfrid Kaptoum has appeared in 17 matches this season, starting eight.
- Teal Bunbury owns five goals and two assists over 25 career games played against Chicago. The 12-year MLS veteran ranks fifth on the team in shots (27) and shots on target (11).
- Edward Kizza appears in New England’s starting lineup for the third time in the last four games. Kizza,New England’s first-round selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, will make his 11th MLS appearance tonight.
- Jon Bell will see his first MLS action for the first time since July 25 after returning from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for nearly two months. The Revolution II graduate owns one goal and one assist in eight previous appearances this season.
- Henry Kessler is 26 minutes away from surpassing 3,500 minutes played in MLS. The second-year defender has collected 90-minute performances over his last 12 consecutive games played.
- Christian Mafla appears in the Starting XI for the first time since August 28. The Colombian left back will be making his eighth MLS appearance and sixth start.
Bench: GK Brad Knighton, D Andrew Farrell, D Brandon Bye, D DeJuan Jones, M Carles Gil, M Matt Polster, M Tajon Buchanan, F Gustavo Bou, F Adam Buksa
- Bruce Arena’s options off the bench have combined for 38 goals and 34 assists in 2021. Tonight’s bench has scored more goals than 19 teams in MLS this season.
- Matt Polster spent four seasons with Chicago from 2015-18. The defensive midfielder has logged 24 appearances this season, including 21 starts.
- Andrew Farrell (2,340) enters tonight’s match as the co-leader in minutes played in MLS this season. Farrell is the club’s all-time leader in MLS appearances, games started and minutes played.
- Carles Gil has logged three consecutive appearances, including one start, since returning from injury. The MLS leader in assists this season (16), Gilis three helpers away from matching New England’s single-season record (19).
- Gustavo Bou (12) and Adam Buksa (11), New England’s top scorers, rank tied for fourth and tied for seventh, respectively, in the MLS Golden Boot race. Buksa delivered the game-tying goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Columbus, while setting an single-game club record with 11 shots.
- Tajon Buchanan owns career bests in goals (7) and assists (4) this season. The third-year midfielder’s next goal will be his 10th in MLS.
- DeJuan Jones (1,974) and Brandon Bye (1,916) rank second and third on the team, respectively, in minutes played this season.