FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, August 17, 2013) – The Chicago Fire (9-10-4, 31 points) fell 2-0 to the New England Revolution (9-9-6, 33 points) Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. After a scoreless first half, the home side got two goals from Juan Agudelo in the 54th minute and Kelyn Rowe in the 91st minute to give the Revolution the victory.
The Men in Red return home and welcome Sporting Kansas City on Friday, Aug. 23 in a match presented by TrueCar at 7:30 p.m. CT (NBC Sports Network/La Ley 107.9). The first 5,000 fans in the stadium will receive a TrueCar car flag.
Chicago Fire assistant coach Mike Matkovich
“I think that as it wore on, [the Revs] found a goal – a long ball, pulled apart in the back – and Juan (Agudelo) made a good play out of it. I need to watch the replay to see if it went over the line. It’s a tough one and they call it, so now we’re chasing the game. It was a little helter-skelter in the end and they get a second one. We hit a post early. Mike (Magee) was in later in the game and speared one to Dilly (Duka) and we just couldn’t tap it in. We had our looks and it’s a tough place to play. At the end of the day, things just didn’t go our way.
Any time you bring new guys in, it takes some time. So I think is just a matter of getting to know each other and familiarity and all that type of stuff.
We’ll brush it off. There are 11 more games and you can’t get tied up in one game. It’s just unfortunate with the events that happened. It’s silly in some ways, but what are you going to do?
I don’t know what happened after the game and like I said earlier, I just don’t think non-players should be making comments to players on the field if that’s the case. I don’t know what I happened from there. It’s not for me to judge that. But I guess the referee judged it. So, it is what it is. It’s unfortunate, and we’ll more on, brush ourselves off and get ready for the next game.”
Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson
“I thought they finished their opportunities, plain and simple. I thought it was a hard-fought game; (we) just ended up on the wrong side of the result.
You saw it, we lost. What more do you want me to say? Push and score a goal. It happens.”
Chicago Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz
“It was difficult. I think that the second half for us was a bit better. We were able to pressure more in the midfield. In the first half they had a lot of time. But that said, I don’t think they had a lot of chances in the first half. I think that as the game got stretched, as we pushed more guys forward, they got a second goal. For us it was a tough game, but we try and move forward.
It was tough. This was a big game. We were sitting right on top of the Revs before the game and now they leapfrog over us, so we’re hoping to continue to push to get into that playoff spot. We’re getting to a point in the year where they are running out of games. So whether it’s at home or on the road, we want to get points and tonight we let this one slip.
It’s always fun [playing against your former team.] You get to see familiar faces and play in the old stadium, but that all kind of goes out the window once the whistle blows and things get going. After the game you shake hands. It was good. I would have liked to have won, but that’s what happens.”
- With the loss the Fire move to 19-17-9 all-time in MLS Regular Season play against the Revolution
- Fire forward Mike Magee returned to the starting lineup after missing the Fire’s Aug. 10 match against the Montreal Impact due to right calf tightness.
- Newly-signed Uruguayan midfielder Arevalo Rios made his Fire debut, starting and featuring the full 90 minutes.
- Fire head coach Frank Klopas was ejected in the 83rd minute and assistant coach Leo Percovich was ejected at the conclusion of the match.
- Fire center back Bakary Soumare was shown a red card in the 95th minute of the match.
- Klopas, Percovich and Soumare will miss the Fire’s next match against Sporting Kansas City on Friday, Aug. 23.
Chicago Fire 0 - 2 New England Revolution
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares; Dilly Duka (Daniel Paladini 73’), Jeff Larentowicz ©, Arevalo Rios, Joel Lindpere (Alex 63’); Juan Luis Anangono (Quincy Amarikwa 64’), Mike Magee
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Michael Videira, Logan Pause
New England Revolution: Matt Reis; Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez (Ryan Guy 86’); Juan Agudelo (Saer Sene 68’), Chad Barrett (Charlie Davies 79’)
Substitutes not used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, Jerry Bengtson, Stephen McCarthy
NE – Juan Agudelo (Chris Tierney) 54’
NE – Kelyn Rowe (unassisted) 91’
CHI – Gonzalo Segares (caution) 34’
CHI – Bakary Soumare (ejection) 95+
NE – Saer Sene (ejection) 95+
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Matthew Nelson
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry Jr.
Fourth Official: Kevin Terry Jr.