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Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

August 23, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution (9-9-8, 35 pts.) return home to host Chicago Fire (8-11-9, 33 pts.), on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, televised locally on NBC Sports Boston with Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner, and Naoko Funayama calling the action. Authenticated subscribers may also stream the match on NBCSportsBoston.com and on the NBC Sports Boston mobile app. The match airs on the radio locally with 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasting the action in English, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio providing Portuguese commentary.

After earning a seventh consecutive road result with a 1-1 draw at New York Red Bulls last Saturday, the Revolution will look to create some separation in the Eastern Conference playoff race against Chicago in the clubs' second and final matchup this season. In Saturday's contest at Red Bulls Arena, forward Gustavo Bou scored his fourth goal in six games in the 65th minute to salvage an important point and keep the Revolution in sixth place in the East, two points ahead of the 10th-place Fire with a pair of games in hand.

Bou's fourth MLS goal was assisted by midfielder Carles Gil, who now holds nine goals and 11 assists in his debut campaign, drawing him one goal shy of becoming the second fastest player in MLS to double digits in both categories this season -- and the second Revs player ever to do so. Goalkeeper Matt Turner, set to make his first start since signing a multi-year contract extension earlier this week, is coming off a career-best nine-save performance against the Red Bulls, improving his record on the year to 6-2-4. Meanwhile, defender Andrew Farrell is set to make his return after missing last week's match due to yellow card accumulation.

During Saturday's match, in partnership with the New England Revolution and Playworks, Santander Bank will be launching their #RedCardAgainstBullying campaign to encourage positive play environments that support inclusivity and eliminate bullying in schools. To show support, fans in attendance will hold up the anti-bullying Red Card available at every seat during the 27th minute of the match, symbolizing the 27 percent of Boston children who reported being bullied during the 2018 school year. Over the remainder of the season, every Revolution assist also earns a donation of $1,000 from Santander to the New England Chapter of Playworks.

Following Saturday's match, New England will continue the two-game homestand with another Eastern Conference matchup against Toronto FC on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.

Game 27 vs. Chicago Fire

Date: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: NBC Sports Boston

Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Paul Mariner (analyst), Naoko Funayama (sideline)

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Talent: Brad Feldman (play-by-play), Paul Mariner (analyst), Naoko Funayama (sideline)

Postgame Show: Rob "Hardy" Poole (host), Clyde Simms (analyst)

Portuguese Radio: 1260 AM "Nossa Radio USA"

Talent: Luis Lombardi Jr. (play-by-play)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Here are some relevant storylines ahead of Saturday's match against Chicago. Click HERE to view the complete Revolution game notes. Official MLS Game Guides can be downloaded HERE.

- The Revolution building on a 21-27-13 all-time record against the Chicago Fire, including a 16-10-4 mark in home games.

- GK Matt Turner making his 41st career MLS start after signing a multi-year contract extension this week, and remaining among MLS's top five goalkeepers in goals against average (min. 600 minutes) and save percentage (min. 20 saves).

- M Carles Gil scoring one goal to become the second player in Revolution history reach 10 goals and 10 assists in the same season, joining Lee Nguyen (2017; 11G/15A). He would also become the second fastest MLS player in 2019 to reach 10 goals and 10 assists (Carlos Vela - 26G/15A).

- F Gustavo Bou making his seventh appearance for the Revolution, adding to his four goals and one assist through six games, and scoring in a third consecutive game.

- M Luis Caicedo potentially making his 50th career MLS start, having accrued one goal and four assists in 4,386 minutes played in a Revs uniform.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION CHARITABLE FOUNDATION:

This Saturday against Chicago, the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation will host multiple initiatives, including another installment of the Audi Drive Series and Scott Caldwell's Boston Children's Hospital Dream team. As part of the Audi Drive Series, the NERCF will be collecting boys and girls t-shirts and sneakers at all gates ahead of the match. This donation drive will benefit Cradles to Crayons, an organization that assists families through annual initiatives that focus support and attention on specific, seasonally appropriate children's needs. Additionally, the Revolution and Braintree native Scott Caldwell will host Boston Children's Hospital patients and their families for a full matchday experience, including an opportunity to spend time on the sidelines before and after the match and meet Caldwell and his Revolution teammates. Please direct any media inquiries on either initiative to Adam Klionsky at adamk@revolutionsoccer.net.

For up-to-the-minute information on the Revolution, visit the team's official web site at revolutionsoccer.net, or join the conversation and interact with fans on any of the team's social platforms.


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