What They’re Saying: #CHIvNE

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Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

With the Revolution and Fire set to meet for the first time this season, let’s take a look at what the players and coaches were saying in preparation for Saturday’s clash at Toyota Park.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps (via revolutionsoccer.net):

“It’s very difficult, always, when you go on the road, it’s very difficult to play a team like Chicago who’s very good at home. So we have to go in there with the right gameplan, and the right mentality.”

Fire assistant coach C.J. Brown (via Chicago-fire.com):

“I think the rivalry has definitely cooled down. You don’t have the same sort of attitudes and the fight as you did before. But this weekend, you can start it up again. We’re fighting for points, so we gotta do whatever it takes to get started to show that we’re going to be in this league for real, and this has to start this weekend with the attitude defensively, and keep doing what we’re doing offensively. I think until you get to the top, the rivalry won’t start until you get around that area.”

Revolution center back A.J. Soares (via revolutionsoccer.net):

“I expect a tough game. We kind of battled with them last year a lot and jostling for position going up the table. Anytime we play them, it’s a tough game. It’s a good rivaly with some of the playoff results we’ve had against them in the past. It’s always a good team, they have the MVP (Mike Magee) on their team, they have another forward who has three goals already in Quincy (Amerikwa). They’re going to be very good and we expect a very hard game and if we play our best, we’ll expect to win.”

Fire midfielder Harry Shipp (via Chicago-fire.com):

“In the first half (of last week’s game in Montreal), we had a couple of really good looks on goal, we probably should’ve been up two or three-zero before they got their one chance, but that’s how soccer is, I think the key is to move past that,  we know we played well, we dominated stats-wise, we felt we had all the better chances, so we just have to build on the positives coming into this game, and I think right now it’s probably at an all-time high confidence-wise, I think coming off that performance on the road bodes well going into this home game against New England.”

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Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com