FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – The New England Revolution (7-10-5; 26 pts.) fell to the Chicago Fire (12-5-5; 41 pts.), 4-1, at Toyota Park on Saturday evening. After conceding a goal to Chicago in the eighth minute, forward Kei Kamara answered for the Revolution with an equalizer in the 24th minute. The Fire, however, would respond with two more goals from Juninho and Michael de Leeuw on either side of halftime, as well as a late addition from Luis Solignac, to earn all three points in tonight's match.
Kamara extended his goal-scoring streak to three games when he tucked a header inside of the back post in the 24th minute. The three-game scoring streak marks Kamara's longest since August of 2015, when he was a member of Columbus Crew SC. With four goals over those three games, the forward has brought his career total to 94, moving within six tallies of becoming the 10th player in MLS history to score 100.
Midfielder Lee Nguyen registered his 10th assist on Kamara's goal – whipping in a free kick on a set piece – and moved into a tie with five other players for the league lead.
New England returns to action next Saturday, August 12, when it hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium on Juan Agudelo Bobblehead Night. The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner, and Naoko Funayama will be on the call. Fans may also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 4
August 5, 2017 – Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.)
Revolution Fall to Fire, 4-1
- The Revolution fell to the Chicago, 4-1, on Saturday night to bring the club’s record to 7-10-5 (26 pts.) through the first 22 matches of the season.
- New England's all-time record in Chicago falls to 5-16-8.
Nguyen Moves into Tie for MLS Assists Lead
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen recorded his 10th assist of the season on Kei Kamara's goal in the 24th minute, moving into a tie with Michael Barrios (FC Dallas), Victor Vazquez (Toronto FC), Yamil Asad (Atlanta United FC), Alex (Houston Dynamo), and Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls) for most in MLS.
- With the tally, Nguyen also eclipsed the 10-assist mark for the third consecutive season. He registered exactly 10 assists in each of the last two seasons and will set a new career season-high with his next helper.
- Nguyen, who ranks second on the Revolution's all-time assists chart with 44, has the fourth most assists of any MLS player dating back to the beginning of the 2015 season.
Kamara Scores for Third Consecutive Game
- Forward Kei Kamara found the back of the net for the third consecutive match when he headed in a free kick from Lee Nguyen in the 24th minute. Kamara now has four goals over New England's last three matches.
- The three-game goal-scoring streak is Kamara's longest since August 2015, when he scored in three consecutive games for Columbus Crew SC.
- Kamara – who made his 275th career appearance in tonight's match – now has 94 goals for his MLS career, leaving him just six shy of becoming the 10th player in league history to reach 100.
Farrell Makes 150th Career MLS Appearance
- Defender Andrew Farrell made the 150th appearance of his MLS career in tonight's match.
- Farrell's next start will be the 150th of his career, and it will make him the eighth player in club history to reach that mark.
- Dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season – Farrell's first professional season – he leads all MLS players in minutes played with 13,225.
Revolution Make One Change to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made one changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent MLS match on July 29 vs. the Philadelphia Union, a 3-0 win, as forward Juan Agudelo replaced forward Teal Bunbury. The start is Agudelo's first since his return from Gold Cup, where he helped the U.S. Men's National Team lift the trophy.
- Goalkeeper Matt Turner and defender Donnie Smith were unavailable for selection as they complete loan stints with the Richmond Kickers (USL) and Charlotte Independence (USL), respectively.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (AR1), Andrew Bigelow (AR2)
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman Jr
VAR: Sorin Stoica
Weather: 75 Degrees and Cloudy
CHI – Matt Polster 1 (Joao Meira 2) 8'
NE – Kei Kamara 8 (Lee Nguyen 10) 24'
CHI – Juninho 1 (Patrick Doody 2) 39'
CHI – Michael de Leeuw 2 (Patrick Doody 3) 49'
CHI – Luis Solignac 5 (Patrick Doody 4) 90'+2'
NE – Benjamin Angoua (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 44'
CHI – David Accam (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 45'+1'
CHI – Michael de Leeuw (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 64'
CHI – Jonathan Campbell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 80'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Kelyn Rowe, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Gershon Koffie; Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell (Teal Bunbury 56'); Juan Agudelo (Je-Vaughn Watson 78'); Lee Nguyen ©, Kei Kamara
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, London Woodberry, Daigo Kobayashi, Xavier Kouassi
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Patrick Doody, Joao Meira, Johan Kappelhof, Matt Polster; Juninho ©, Dax McCarty (Drew Conner 71'), Bastian Schweinsteiger; Michael de Leeuw, David Accam (Jonathan Campbell 65'), Nemanja Nikolic (Luis Solignac 82')
Substitutes Not Used: Stefan Cleveland, Arturo Alvarez, Brandt Bronico, Djordje Mihailovic