Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense


Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Call it the battle to get out of the basement, if you want. But Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium does have plenty of meaning.

Both teams have 14 points, and are tied for second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference.

In order to leap-frog the Fire, the Revolution realize that they have to start scoring goals. Its the teams main flaw at this point of the season, and with only two goals in their last five games, its put them in a five-game winless skid.

After losing four straight MLS matches, the Revs played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night against Toronto FC. The realize what they have to do, in order to get the full three points, something they havent had since May 14.

Were not blind, we know we have to score goals, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. The last three games, weve made chances. We just need to take that extra step and finish them. If we do that, then well get the three points.

-- Midfielder Benny Feilhaber missed the last three games with a right ankle sprain, but will be available to come off the bench on Saturday night against the Fire. Feilhaber returned to training late in the week, and will need more time to condition, before he is inserted back into the Revolution starting lineup.

-- Defender Ryan Cochrane (hamstring strain) left Wednesdays draw in the second half, and will not be available against the Fire on Saturday.

-- Midfielder Zak Boggs (MCL sprain) was listed as doubtful on the teams injury report Friday.

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