The Chicago Fire are in a familiar position: last in the Eastern Conference.
After losing on a late bicycle kick by Blas Perez in Vancouver on Wednesday, the Fire fell to 1-3-4 (7 points) on the season. That is the lowest point total in the league and only Houston (2-6-2, 8 points) has fewer points per game. The Fire are actually two points behind last year's pace, which was 3-5 through its first eight matches.
One of the teams near the bottom of the standings with the Fire is Saturday's opponent, the New England Revolution (1-3-7, 10 points). The Revolution host the Fire on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on CSN Chicago with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live.
Saturday could finally mark the return of David Accam. Accam has been out since the second match of the season with a knee sprain. He tallied two goals and an assist in his two games and the Fire have scored four goals in the six games he has missed.
"He'll be available for the next game and we'll see how many minutes he can play," Fire coach Veljko Paunovic said after the game in Vancouver.
Also, midfielder Khaly Thiam could make his debut Saturday. Thiam, who signed with the team just over a week ago, did not travel to Canada due to visa issues, but is with the team in Foxborough, Mass.
To round out the injury report, John Goossens is still out due to a sprained LCL and Collin Fernandez, who subbed on in the 85th minute in Vancouver, is questionable after suffering a sprained ankle.
For New England the big story is the trade for Kei Kamara. Kamara, who scored 22 goals last season to share the league lead with Sebastian Giovinco, was traded by the Columbus Crew just before the league's first trade deadline passed at the end of the day Wednesday. Kamara had been suspended a game by the Crew after comments made after the team's 4-4 draw against Montreal on May 7 and trade talks quickly heated up.
The Fire saw Kamara on March 19 when he was still with the Crew. It was a goalless draw. Kamara had five goals in nine starts with Columbus. How much he will play Saturday is up in the air considering he just flew into Boston on Thursday, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him come off the bench.
While Kamara can help the Revs' attack, it is the team's defense that probably needs the most improvement. New England is tied with Portland for the most goals allowed in the league at 20. The Fire have allowed half that number in three fewer matches.
New England enters Saturday's match with a number of injuries. Forward Charlie Davies is out for the third straight match with an abductor strain. Left back Chris Tierney has missed the past three matches with a hamstring injury and is questionable. Tierney's backup, Donnie Smith, is out due to a hamstring. Hamstrings are apparently a problem in New England because forward Teal Bunbury is also questionable with a bad hamstring.
Chicago Fire at New England Revolution
When: Coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live
TV: CSN Chicago
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.