New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps had a dilemma ahead of him when trying to pick Saturday night's lineup for the New England Revolution match against the Chicago Fire. Injuries and a suspension left him with barely enough available players to fill the bench, let alone put out a strong starting eleven.
Blair Gavin, the midfielder who arrived in Foxboro as the make-weight in the Shalrie Joseph trade in August, earned his first start for the Revolution, pairing up with Clyde Simms in central midfield. Gavin was a highly-touted talent out of college just a few seasons ago, and will be looking to end 2012 on a high note after injuries largely derailed his year.
The defense again features an out-of-position Ryan Guy at right-back, and remains unchanged from the unit that faced Philadelphia two weeks ago.
Bench: Reis, Brettschneider, Cardenas, Nyassi, Purdie, Tierney, Toja
Fire: Johnson; Anibaba, Gargan, Berry, Segares; Fernandez, Rolfe, Pause, Paladini; Nyarko, MacDonald
Bench: Tornaghi, Bone, Alex, Friedrich, Oduro, Pineda, Videira