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Bruce Arena details key to defeating Chicago Fire in Revolution home opener

Bruce Arena details key to defeating Chicago Fire in Revolution home opener

The New England Revolution lost their season opener to the Montreal Impact 2-1 last weekend, but now they're preparing to host the Chicago Fire in their home opener at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

The Fire also lost their opener 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders last weekend, which sets the Revs up for another heated matchup against their rival. 

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It's going to be a difficult one for the Revolution, but head coach Bruce Arena is confident in his squad heading into match day. If there's one thing the Revs should focus on, it's the creative strikers who have the ability to attack from many different angles, Arena noted. 

"Well, I thought Chicago outplayed Seattle in the first half last week and were a little unlucky not to go in at halftime up a couple of goals," Arena told Elizabeth Pehota of revolutionsoccer.net. "They got an early goal in the game and then faded, but they showed me a lot of good things. They have a bunch of good attacking players. They attack you from all positions on the field, so we're going to have to be at our best defensively to stop them because they're a good team going forward."

If there's one player the Revolution defenders need to be aware of, it's designated player Robert Beric. The native of Slovenia scored his first career MLS goal in his league debut against the Sounders, and his shot and creative ability will be something the Revs need to neutralize on Saturday. 

"Well, like any player, I think he's actually pretty similar to (Adam) Buksa and he's a classic number nine," Arena said. "He plays in the penalty area and runs in front of the goal, so those types of players you have to negate the service. So, we have to do a good job on their wide players."

While defense is a major key to New England beating Chicago, the Revs have to get their offense going as well. Players like Teal Bunbury, Gustavo Bou, and Christian Penilla will need to get some good looks on goal, especially if the defense holds their own. 

Unfortunately, they'll most likely be without their best player, Carles Gil, on the attack, but Arena provided a positive update on the forward Thursday afternoon.

"Well, he practiced today," Arena said of Gil on Zolak and Bertrand this afternoon. "So that was very encouraging, and there's a smile on his face so we're hopeful he'll be back in a short period of time. We have to make sure we don't bring him back too early and hurt him. We have a couple of players with muscle injuries, so you have to be careful in the early going. We're going to do what makes sense. It's still a long season. We'd like to win all the games, but we know that's not possible now at this point. We have to think long-term as well."

In their last meeting at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution defeated Chicago 2-1, and have an overall home record against the Fire of 17-11-3. So, while they look to get back on track, the Revs have a lot to look forward to in their upcoming match. 

Revolution Classics: Bruce Arena beats Galaxy in Revs head coaching debut

Revolution Classics: Bruce Arena beats Galaxy in Revs head coaching debut

With no MLS games for the foreseeable future, NBC Sports Boston will give New England Revolution fans a chance to get their fix by re-airing some classic games. On Saturday, we'll take a look back at Bruce Arena's first game as Revolution head coach vs. his former team, the L.A. Galaxy, in 2019.

Arena's Revolution head coaching debut was a success as he led his new group to a 2-1 road victory over an L.A. Galaxy team he coached for nine years. Cristian Penilla scored the Revs' first goal, and then it was Teal Bunbury who tallied the difference-maker.

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After a sluggish start to the season with Brad Friedel as head coach, Arena rallied the Revs to a 6-0-2 record in the first eight games of his tenure in New England. The changing of the guard helped propel the Revolution to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

You'll have the chance to relive the action on Saturday at 7 p.m, right here on NBC Sports Boston.

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.

Revolution Classics: How to watch 2002 MLS Cup Finals vs. LA Galaxy

Revolution Classics: How to watch 2002 MLS Cup Finals vs. LA Galaxy

With no MLS games for the foreseeable future, NBC Sports Boston will give New England Revolution fans a chance to get their fix by re-airing some classic games. On Saturday, we'll take a look back at the 2002 MLS Cup Finals between the Revs and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Unfortunately, many know how this game ended for the Revolution -- a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy in double overtime -- but it's still one of the greatest games in New England's history. However, it was really cool that Gillette Stadium was chosen as the neutral site to host the match... it was basically a home game for the Revs. 

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Although Carlos Ruiz scored the game-winning goal, this match was probably the closest New England has ever been to a championship title. 

The Revolution and Galaxy ended the regular season at the top of their respective conferences, and it felt like they were destined for a championship clash, so it was terrific to see it actually happen. 

This is a blast from the past, and you'll have the chance to relive the action on Saturday at 7 p.m., and you won't want to miss it. 

How to Watch

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing this match on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch on TV on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the action via NBCSportsBoston.com.