The Revolution kick off their season Saturday night in Chicago against the Fire, hoping to see the fruits of an exhibition schedule spent trying to work several newcomers into the lineup.
New England, which took two of three meetings last season, added midfielder Kalifa Cisse, defender Jose Goncalves, and No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Farrell, among others, in the hopes of improving on its 9-17-8 record of 2012.
Without their leading scorer from last season, Saer Sene (ACL surgery), and veteran midfielder Chris Tierney (ankle), the Revolution might need the new players to contribute quickly.
Chicago, which opened its season last Sunday with a 4-0 loss at Los Angeles, will be without center back Arne Friedrich (hamstring) and central midfielder Logan Pause (quadriceps), opening the door for former Revolution midfielder Jeff Larentowicz to contribute.
Matt Reis is expected to be in net for the Revolution. Sean Johnson, Chicago’s No. 1 goalie, made six saves in the loss to the Galaxy.