Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - In Major League Soccer's lone game of the
weekend, the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire look to overturn losses
when they meet at Toyota Park on Saturday.
The Revs suffered their fourth consecutive road defeat in their last outing,
falling to D.C. United in a 3-2 loss at RFK Stadium. Two of the three goals
New England conceded came off of set pieces, much to the displeasure of head
coach Jay Heaps.
"The second [goal] to me is unforgivable, quite frankly," said Heaps. "It was
five minutes before half, just textbook of what you don't want to give up. Not
only was it an indirect free kick, but [the ball] also bounced and was kicked
around in the box. That was a play that we need to be better on."
Defender Chris Tierney echoed his coach's sentiments.
"It was disappointing to give up those goals in the first half. We've been
talking about not conceding set pieces and they scored two goals right away,"
said Tierney. "On the back foot, the response was really good in the second
half. Unfortunately we broke down there one more time and they made us pay for
New England can take some solace in the play of star striker Saer Sene, who
has now scored in three straight league games. Over six games in May, Sene
chipped in with five goals and an assist.
Sene could be wetting his appetite at the prospect of going up against
Chicago. The Fire have conceded the opening goal nine times this season, the
most in MLS.
Despite often falling behind, Chicago has still been able to rise to fourth
place where it sits tied with the Columbus Crew on 18 points. The Fire have
managed to take 11 points from games in which they fall behind.
The Fire were unable to do that in their last league match, surrendering two
first-half goals en route to a 2-1 defeat to the Crew.
"We've got a group of very capable guys, not just our first XI. We've got a
deep team and we know that on a game that's the third in a week, guys are
going to be used and counted on and I think [the subs] came in and did very
well," said Fire midfielder Logan Pause after the match. "It's just
unfortunate for us as team and also disappointed that we had such a great
group of fans there and we let them down today."
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