Chicago Fire FC returns from the FIFA international break with a Saturday night trip east to take on the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.
The match will be the third time these two sides have met in the 2021 regular season, and the first time away from Soldier Field. The Fire and the Revolution split the points in a 2-2 draw on April 17's opening day meeting, before New England left with a 3-2 win on Sept. 22. Entering the match, the Revolution are in first place in the Eastern Conference and Supporters Shield standings, with 65 points through 29 matches played.
Ahead of tonight's 6 p.m CT start, check out the details on interim head coach Frank Klopas' starting lineup below, and tune in for coverage at kickoff on WGN-TV, CFFC Live, TUDN 1200 AM, and MLS LIVE's out-of-market package on ESPN+.
- Two changes have been made to the starting lineup from the Fire's last match, a 3-1 defeat at Toronto FC on Oct. 3.
- Forwards Stanislav Ivanov and Ignacio Aliseda are back in the opening XI, joining Robert Berić in leading tonight's attacking unit. Tonight will be Ivanov's 10th appearance in his debut season in Chicago.
- Berić enters the match having scored in consecutive games - once in the team's 2-0 win over NYCFC on Sept. 29, and again in their road defeat against Toronto.
- 17-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina makes his sixth-straight start in net tonight, having picked up three clean sheets across his seven total appearances in 2021. His 36th minute penalty kick save against Toronto last time out made him the youngest 'keeper in league history to ever do so.
- Team assist leader Álvaro Medrán will look to add to his season total of six in the category tonight in his 28th appearance of 2021.
- Mauricio Pineda makes his 24th start of the season tonight, a new single-season career-high in the category after starting all 23 games of his pandemic-shortened rookie season in 2020.
- Federico Navarro makes his sixth-straight start and eighth appearance overall since joining the Club in August.
- Defender Jonathan Bornstein will wear the captain's armband tonight, lining up centrally alongside Johan Kappelhof.
- The South American tandem of Jhon Espinoza and Miguel Navarro will patrol the touchlines opposite one for the fourth-straight match this evening.
- Available to Klopas as substitutions today are goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, defender Wyatt Omsberg, midfielder Javier Casas Jr., midfielder Luka Stojanović, midfielder Brian Gutiérrez, midfielder Alex Monis, forward Elliot Collier, and forward Chinonso Offor.
- Defender Boris Sekulić (back), defender Carlos Terán (right thigh), defender Francisco Calvo (health & safety protocols), midfielder Fabian Herbers (right thigh) and goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm (right knee) are out due to injury for tonight's match.
Get a look at New England's starting lineup below as it becomes available: