After a week off due to the FIFA International break, the Revolution (7-17-8, 29 points) return to the field for their home finale against the Chicago Fire (17-10-5, 56 points) at Gillette Stadium.
Saturday’s contest kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast Sports Net New England via alternate channel. The Sports Hub 98.5 will provide a radio broadcast.
The conference clash wraps up the regular-season series between the former postseason rivals. On June 2, the Revolution staked a 2-0 win over the Fire at Gillette Stadium, but the Fire returned the favor on Aug. 18 when they defeated the Revolution 2-1 at Toyota Park.
-- The Revolution will announce their team awards prior to Saturday’s home finale. Up for grabs is team MVP, Best Defender, and Humanitarian of the Year. Last year’s award winners were Matt Reis (MVP), A.J. Soares (Best Defender) and Zak Boggs, who shared the Humanitarian of the Year honors with Reis.
-- On Tuesday, Fall River (Mass.) Mayor William Flanagan made his pitch to bring the Revolution to Southeastern New England. In a letter issued to Revolution owner Robert Kraft, Flanagan states that Fall River is an “ideal” location for the club due to a high density of Portuguese people in the city. However, Flanagan did not cite a locale for a possible stadium. Meanwhile, two other Commonwealth cities -- Revere and Somerville -- remain the frontrunners in Revolution stadium discussions.
-- Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson collected a hat trick for his native Honduras in Tuesday’s 8-1 romp over Canada in World Cup Qualifying. Bengtson’s strikes arrived in the 7th, 17th and 83rd minutes. He has scored six goals for his country since signing with the Revolution in July.
-- The Fire boasts a trio of faces familiar to local fans. Defender Cory Gibbs (2010) and midfielders Wells Thompson (2007-09) and Mike Videira (2009-10) all sported the Revolution uniform in recent years.
INJURY REPORTS (as of Oct. 16):
Chicago Fire -- OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); QUESTIONABLE: MF Pavel Pardo (L calf tightness)
N.E. Revolution -- OUT: DF Flo Lechner (R knee MCL sprain); DF Stephen McCarthy (concussive-like symptoms); MF Lee Nguyen (R shoulder surgery); DF Tyler Polak (R foot sprain); FW Saer Sene (L knee ACL surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF A.J. Soares (R knee sprain); DF Chris Tierney (L knee sprain / L hamstring strain); MF Juan Toja (L knee swelling); PROBABLE: FW Alec Purdie (L quad strain)