Revolution’s keys to victory over Chicago

Jalil Anibaba and the Revolution will take on the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.
Jalil Anibaba and the Revolution will take on the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Revolution are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Union last Saturday. On Wednesday, they’ll take on the Fire in Chicago, a place that hasn’t been too hospitable over the years. The Revolution are 5-16-9 on the road all time against the Fire, with their last win in Chicago coming on March 9, 2013.

The Revolution are also winless against the Fire in the last six meetings (0-4-2). At 2-7-2 overall, the Revolution are hungry for a win. They haven’t won since April 20, 1-0 over the New York Red Bulls. They’ve been outscored, 13-5, in three matches since.


Here’s what the Revolution need to do to get back in the win column:

Rally together

Revolution coach Brad Friedel said he doesn’t normally speak to the team after games, but he did after Saturday’s loss.

“The message is simple. We stay together, we stick together, and it doesn’t matter what anyone says,” Friedel said. “We, the staff and the players, are the only ones that can get us out of this position that we’re in. We, the players and the staff, are the only ones that need to have the belief and we are the only ones that can go out to Chicago on Wednesday and get 3 points.”

Get Gil to deliver

Midfielder Carles Gil has become one of the best late-game scoring options in Major League Soccer. Gil has three goals and two assists this season, but he leads the league in possessions won in the final third (26) and successful passes ending in the final third (226). He’s fourth in MLS in chances created (27).

For a team that’s averaging a paltry one goal per game, Gil could be the catalyst to getting the Revolution back in the win column.

Put it on the board . . . first

Chicago is 0-3-3 when its opponent scores first. The Fire also aren’t too far ahead of the Revolution in other offensive totals. They have 12 goals to the Revolution’s 11, barely outpace them in goals per game (1.2), and only have a few more shots (126-123) and shots on goal (43-36).


Revolution vs. Fire

■  When, where: Wednesday, 8 p.m., at SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Ill.

■  TV, radio: NBCSB, WBZ-FM HD2.

■  Coaches: Revolution — Brad Friedel; Fire — Veljko Paunovic.

■  Formations: Revolution — 4-4-2; Fire — 4-2-3-1.

■  Goalkeepers: Revolution — Cody Cropper; Fire — David Ousted.

■  Referee: Tim Ford.

■  Out: Revolution — M Isaac Angking (ankle).

■  Miscellany: Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba was chosen by the Fire with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 MLS Draft. He made 98 appearances for the Fire from 2011-13.

Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com.