Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - A pair of Eastern Conference clubs hoping to improve their playoff odds will meet at Gillette Stadium on Saturday as the New England Revolution host the Chicago Fire.
The two clubs enter the weekend separated by just a single point as Chicago, sitting on spot off a postseason slot with 31 points, maintains a narrow lead over New England.
They are two clubs heading in opposite directions, as well. While the Fire are unbeaten in their last four league games, the Revs have dropped two in a row, both to Eastern Conference foes.
In its most recent outing, New England was humbled in a 3-0 road loss to Sporting Kansas City, a match that saw the Revs finish with nine men after Dimitry Imbongo and Andy Dorman both received red cards.
"We'll look forward to a positive reaction at home. ... We've talked about it all year that we don't want to go on losing streaks," said defender Chris Tierney. "So it's time to draw the line in the sand, and we'll come out next week fired up."
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was quite blunt in his analysis after the match, underlining the disappointment in his side's performance.
"We didn't start well, didn't finish well and we lost 3-0. It's disappointing because they had three shots on goal in the game and scored on all three," said Heaps. "That's a tough stat to look at because we pride ourselves on closing people down and trying to defend."
While New England has slipped to seventh place in the table, Chicago has been on the up-and-up.
"I think everybody had written us off for the start but it's not how you start, it's how you finish," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said. "They have never given up and they never will until the end. Now we just have to move ahead, it's a good feeling but the commitment has to be even more from everyone in order to reach our goal."
The Fire are coming off of a 2-1 defeat of the Montreal Impact, their second straight victory against Eastern Conference opposition.
Not only will the Fire look to extend their winning run to three games with maximum points at Gillette Stadium, but they will be out to exact a little revenge after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to the Revs on March 9.