Despite a record of 8-12-3, Jay Heaps’s New England Revolution are still in the hunt for an MLS Cup Playoff spot, sitting in sixth place in the MLS Eastern Conference. At Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Aug. 23, they host Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA, who are off the pace with a record of 6-11-6 (24 points), good enough for dead last in the MLS Western Conference.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday’s match between the New England Revolution and Chivas USA.
1. At least 45 fouls and four cards
This is going to be tough, physical and ugly because it will be a scrap for three points. The MLS Multiplex is boldly predicting for at least 45 fouls whistled and four cards issued in this match.
2. Dan Kennedy with at least five saves
This game is going to require a lot of big stops from Dan Kennedy, who has 59 saves this season. But even so, that may not be enough for Chivas USA to stop the New England Revolution. Kennedy is boldly predicted to make at least five saves.
3. Under five saves for Bobby Shuttleworth
New England’s top goalkeeper is Bobby Shuttleworth, who has 63 saves this season to pace the Revs. Watch for Shuttleworth to make under five saves against Chivas USA.
4. Erick Torres will score for Chivas USA
This year, Chivas USA forward Erick Torres has 14 goals to lead the Goats. Look for Torres to score in the first half against New England in what will be a losing battle for Chivas.
5. Lee Nguyen will score for New England
In response to Torres scoring, the New England Revolution will bring out their big guns to pile on the pain. This season, Lee Nguyen has eight goals to lead the Revs and will get on goal on Saturday night against Chivas USA.
6. Here comes Charlie Davies
Charlie Davies, whose style of play is sometimes scrutinized for apparent simulation tactics, will also get on goal for New England. Davies only has two goals this season but will get more as the season wears on.
7. Diego Fagundez with a goal and an assist
With four goals and four assists, Diego Fagundez is a majorcontributor to New England’s sorry cause this year, and against Chivas USA, he will record at least a goal and an assist each.
8. Patrick Mullins on goal for New England
One of the rising rookies in the league, New England’s Patrick Mullins has four goals this season and will be looking for more in his quest to be Rookie of the Year. Watch for Mullins to score late against Chivas USA.
9. Teal Bunbury with an assist
Teal Bunbury is tied with Fagundez for most assists on the Revolution first team with four and after this game, he’ll still remain tied for first in assists. Bunbury may not get on the scoresheet, but he will earn an assist in this game at home against Chivas USA.
10. A comfortable win for New England
It’s going to be an uphill battle for the New England Revolution against Chivas USA, but in a battle between an Eastern Conference contender and a Western Conference doormat in transition, it’s not a difficult decision as to who will get the nod in this one. The Plex calls for the Revs to walk away winners.
New England Revolution 4, Chivas USA 1