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Revs, Fire searching for elusive victory


Victories remain hard to come by for both the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution.

Each club will look to avoid going winless in a fourth straight match Wednesday night in Bridgeview, Ill.

Chicago (2-4-4, 10 points) is two points from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, while New England (2-7-2, eight points) is two back and tied for last in the East. While the Revolution’s generous defense remains their major issue, the Fire have struggled in the final third.

Though Chicago managed a point in Saturday’s scoreless draw at Los Angeles FC to conclude an 0-2-1 road stretch, it marked the third consecutive match it was held without a goal. The Fire’s most recent score came via Aleksandar Katai in the 80th minute of a 4-1 home rout of Colorado on April 20.

The Fire last went four straight games without a goal in September 2010, but feel they gained something positive in L.A.

“When you come into the locker room after the game, (and) you see that you actually feel a little but mad because you could win the game and you’re not satisfied with what you got,” coach Veljko Paunovic told the Fire’s official website. “But (the point is) something at end of the day that you’re taking away.”

The Revolution didn’t have anything positive to take from Saturday’s 6-1 loss at surging Philadelphia. Juan Fernando Caicedo’s third goal of the season in the 35th minute had New England level at 1 for halftime, but the floodgates opened in the second half.

New England has been outscored 13-5 during an 0-2-1 stretch that followed a 1-0 home victory over the New York Red Bulls on April 20. The Revolution have conceded 25 goals in 2019 and own a league-worst minus-14 goal differential.

“It’s up to us to right the ship,” Revolution coach Brad Friedel told the league’s official website. “The message is simple. We stay together. We stick together.”

New England is 0-5-3 at Chicago since a 1-0 win there in March 2013.

The Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic has three goals in 2019 and three all-time versus New England.

–Field Level Media

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