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Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire FC

March 6, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution are set to open the home portion of their 2020 MLS regular season schedule at Gillette Stadium against Chicago Fire FC on Saturday afternoon. The match kicks off at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be televised locally on NBC Sports Boston, with Brad Feldman, Charlie Davies, and Naoko Funayama calling the action. Authenticated subscribers may also stream the match on NBCSportsBoston.com and on the NBC Sports app. The contest airs locally on the radio with 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasting the action in English and WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio providing Portuguese commentary.

The Revolution return to Gillette Stadium seeking the first points of the club's 25th season in what will be the first of two 2020 meetings with Chicago Fire FC. First-year defender Henry Kessler and forward Adam Buksa, who recorded two shots in his MLS debut last Saturday, are among the offseason additions set to make their first appearances in front of the home supporters. New England will look to improve on its 17-10-4 all-time record at home against Chicago, having won the last contest in Foxborough, 2-1, on Aug. 24, 2019 courtesy of goals from Gustavo Bou and Wilfried Zahibo.

Following Saturday's match, the Revolution will remain at home to host the Portland Timbers on Sunday, March 15. The club's second home match of the 2020 season will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.

Game 2 vs. Chicago Fire FC

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: NBC Sports Boston (Streaming on NBCSportsBoston.com and on the NBC Sports app)

Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst), Naoko Funayama (sideline)

Revolution Postgame Live begins immediately following the match.

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Charlie Davies (analyst), Naoko Funayama (sideline)

Postgame Show: Rob "Hardy" Poole (host), Jason Moore (analyst)

Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM "Nossa Radio USA"

Talent: Luiz Lombardi Jr., Rafael Barbosa, Robinson Nascimento

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Here are some relevant storylines ahead of Saturday's match against Chicago Fire FC. Click HERE to view the complete Revolution Game Notes for Saturday's match.

- New England registering a result in its home opener for the 13th time in its last 14 games. The team owns a 7-1-5 mark in its last 13 season debuts at Gillette Stadium.

- Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena improving on his 13-4-4 all-time mark against Chicago Fire FC, and building on his 5-1-3 record at Gillette Stadium in 2019.

- D Andrew Farrell playing two minutes to surpass Chris Tierney (19,422) for fourth-most minutes played in Revolution history.

- F Teal Bunbury scoring two goals to tie Shalrie Joseph and Pat Noonan for sixth on the club's goal scoring list at 37.

- M Diego Fagundez making an appearance to surpass Jay Heaps for fourth-most games played in Revs history (244).

- M Scott Caldwell making an appearance to reach 200 regular season games played.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

This Saturday, the Revolution will host the first of this season's "NEGU Crew" dates, as midfielder Kelyn Rowe and goalkeeper Matt Turner, in conjunction with the Jessie Rees Foundation, will team up all season long to welcome patients and families battling childhood cancer to Gillette Stadium for an unforgettable gameday experience. The acronym NEGU stands for "Never Ever Give Up", a phrase adopted by the Jessie Rees Foundation. Each NEGU Crew experience includes meet-and-greets with the Revolution, VIP accommodations for the match, and culminates in a postgame walk around as they are saluted and serenaded by the Revolution supporters.


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