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Saturday, July 12, 2014 (All times Eastern)

Chicago (2-4-10) at New England (7-7-2), 7:30 p.m.

Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Revolution will hope to find their way back to a winning formula when they host Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs got off to a flying start in the early portion of the season that saw the club rise as high as the top spot in the East, but Jay Heaps' team has come back down to Earth as of late, winless in their last three matches across all competitions.

The Revs topped the Rochester Rhinos to reach the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, but followed that up with a loss to Philadelphia at home in league play, a loss to Real Salt Lake on July 4, and another loss to Philadelphia last Tuesday -- this time in the Open Cup quarterfinals at PPL Park.

Against RSL, New England was sloppy defensively and gave up the lead in the 35th minute as Javier Morales converted a penalty kick after Darrius Barnes cleaned out Chris Schuler in the box.

But New England drew level two minutes later when Barnes rose above the RSL defense to head in Chris Tierney's free kick service from 28 yards out on an angle.

Real Salt Lake struck for the winner 25 minutes from time when Joao Plata scored another penalty kick after Tierney was yellow carded for a rash challenge in the box, resulting in a point to the spot from referee Allen Chapman.

"It's tough. I don't think that we played well in the first half - didn't play well enough to win the first half," Heaps said. "But I thought throughout the game we were pretty good and did a little bit better job, but a little bit cynical from the referee to give two penalties. It's a tough one."

"I thought we played well enough to get at least a point. We defended really well and had plenty of chances going forward," defender A.J. Soares said. "To get no points is super disappointing. I'm disappointed with both calls on the penalty kicks. It's a hard one to swallow because we didn't deserve to get no points."

Chicago, meanwhile, will be looking for just its third win of the season coming off a respectable 1-1 draw with the defending champions Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Sporting struck first in the 33rd minute through Dominic Dwyer, but six minutes later the Fire equalized through Mike Magee, who got on the end of a nice, cutting ball from Alex on the left side of the penalty area and ripped it just inside the near post.

"I thought we played well -- an even game. I think we moved the ball well. It had been physical in the first 20 minutes of the match. We had a game plan to come in and try to do that and find little pockets and little holes and play in between the lines," Fire head coach Frank Yallop said. "I thought we did a great job, we just ran out of steam.

"We had a couple injuries. Alex was off at halftime, and Jhon (Kennedy Hurtado)'s got dizzy spells. So late in the game, when you want to make your subs make a difference, we couldn't do that. Credit to Kansas City, they really pushed and in the end could have won it, but I was proud of the way we hung in there. So we could win a few more games, but we can tie them for sure."

07/11 16:32:27 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
1st
NCSU 16
BSU 11
 
1st
PIT 0
CAR 1
 
2nd
CHA 24
GSW 28
 
8:00pm Tonight
UF
UNC
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TULSA
ECU
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
2nd
CHA 24
GSW 28
 
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TOR
DAL
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DET
MIL
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ATL
NOP
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HOU
LAC
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OKC
NYK
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IND
ORL
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SAN
SAC
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DEN
PHO
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POR
MEM
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MIN
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
 
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
 
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
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VT
UVA
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TULSA
ECU
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
 
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
 
2nd
FSU 36
CSOU 31
 
2nd
VALPO 55
DRAK 33
 
2nd
CIN 59
MTST 39
 
2nd
SDU 60
PRIN 51
 
2nd
WASU 53
RICE 44
 
2nd
CSFU 38
USCU 47
 
Half
GT 30
RIDE 30
 
1st
TXPA 28
ALAST 39
 
1st
NCSU 16
BSU 11
 
1st
TCU 14
BRAD 9
 
1st
WAKE 30
DELST 27
 
1st
HART 24
EMERSON 19
 
1st
STJ 20
GONZ 21
 
1st
CLEM 21
HIGH 13
 
1st
SYR 20
HC 9
 
1st
MD 26
MON 14
 
1st
JVST 24
SAV 25
 
1st
MIAMI 34
SALA 11
 
1st
RUTG 29
VANDY 18
 
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PETE
TENST
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MARS
CLST
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JST
HOF
 
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INDST
MEM
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UF
UNC
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SAMF
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TULA
SELA
 
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NEB
TENNM
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MISS
CREI
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PORT
MURST
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MARQ
MSU
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ARK
UNT
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NCOL
STET
 
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IND
UNCG
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SJST
WMICH
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MNTST
TXARL
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LAS
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MSST
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COLST
PAC
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NDAK
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ILL
BAY
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UAB
UCLA
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WASH
LBSU
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UCSB
MERC
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PHI 0
NYR 3
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ANA 1
CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
 
1st
PIT 0
CAR 1
 
1st
NJD 1
DET 1
 
1st
BUF 1
MON 0
 
1st
CLB 0
VAN 0
 
1st
BOS 0
WIN 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
OTT
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STL
EDM
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DAL
MIN