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Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution - MLS #33 - Gamethread - 6:30 PM CST - NBC Nonstop (Chicago 5.2)/97.5 FM/MLS Live

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Well, the Fire are back in the saddle again after a long layoff and the Men in Red will be looking to take 3 points tonight. If the right cards are dealt (meaning an SKC loss in New York tonight), Chicago would even walk out of Gillette Stadium in 1st place

John Gress

The Fire will still be without the services of Pavel Pardo, but this is a game that the Men in Red must and should lock up. There is no doubt we are by far the better side, especially when considering the fact the Revs will be fielding a depleted roster. There will be no Saer Sene, and Benny Feilhaber will be serving a red card suspension.

Adding these factors together, it would seem like an easy stroll to 3 points. The Philly game showed us otherwise. Frank must ensure the team comes into the game with the same mental edge that they carried with them in to New York before dispatching the Red Bulls 2-0. There is no room for error as the standings are still very tight in the East. Depending on how the results fall, the Fire can finish tonight anywhere from 1st to 4th. So, we need to go in an take care of business, with no if's, and's, or but's about it.

Fortunately, I think the Fire will just be too good for the Revs. I do see this being a closer game than many think though. As I pointed out in my Fireside Chat, I am tabbing the Fire for a 1-0 win powered by a Chris Rolfe goal. We warmly invite you to join us tonight on the gamethread. Lineups, as always, will be posted before the match. Let's take over 1st place and let's go Fire!