This past weekend the New England Revolution went to Chicago hot off of a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. Unfortunately for fans of the New England side, they got burnt by the fire of Chicago 3-0 this weekend. Okay, I’ll try not to use anymore fire-related puns. In all seriousness, the Revolution went into this weekend’s match having to feel pretty good about themselves after the win over Houston and the draw in Portland. The Fire, however, also came in feeling good about themselves, coming in fresh off the addition of former German-star, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and a 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew.
This match was all Chicago, all day. In just the 27th minute, Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off with a red card, and the Chicago side took advantage of the man advantage for the next hour or so. Chicago would then go on to own possession of the ball for roughly 75% of the match, and finally broke through with a Schweinsteiger goal in the 45th minute. That goal would then be followed up with Nemanja Nikolic goals in the 47th and 73rd minutes for the Fire, as they’d go on to win 3-0 in Chicago. Throughout the game the Revolution were only able to get four shots off, and just one shot on goal. The Fire, however, were able to take 11 shots and get three of them on goal.
This may hurt your eyes, Revs fans, but you can at least respect the skill:
Niko had himself a day against the Revs. pic.twitter.com/QJuedHThNB
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 16, 2017
Coach Jay went with a different lineup this week, having started Je-Vaughn Watson in the starting lineup. He also had Diego Fagundez come off the bench in the 52nd minute for Lee Nguyen. A major bright spot once again in this match was the play of Xavier Kouassi. Kouassi was again able to control the defensive mid-field for the New England side.
Looking forward, the Revolution will be host to the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday and DC United on Saturday. Both of these matches look to be relatively difficult. San Jose is coming off consecutive draws with Seattle and Dallas. DC has struggled at times this season, however they have notched quality wins over Philadelphia and NYCFC. Look for the Revolution to use their substitutions wisely and try a handful of different lineups to avoid fatigue. That all being said, the Revolution should be happy to bag four points between the two matches. I personally wouldn’t be surprised if they get 6.
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