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The Chicago Fire could have an easy assignment in their first

game without captain Logan Pause based on their history of home

domination against the New England Revolution.

The Fire look to extend their home unbeaten streak in this

series to 10 games Saturday night and push the Revolution’s winless

run to seven.

Pause will miss four to six weeks after suffering two broken

ribs and pneumothorax in a collision in last Sunday’s 3-1 victory

over Philadelphia. The midfielder has played in every game this

season.

“Some of us older guys are going to have to step up a little bit

and fill in where Logan’s leaving off right now,” midfielder Chris

Rolfe said. “Obviously in the game it’s going to be a different

story as well because he’s the guy who’s keeping us all organized

and working hard for everybody. It’s a big loss for the team and

hopefully we can overcome it.”

Coach Frank Klopas has indicated that Michael Videira or Daniel

Paladini will replace Pause on Saturday.

Chicago (11-7-5) is 8-0-1 in its last nine MLS home games

against New England (6-12-5), which is 0-5-1 overall since beating

New York on July 8. The Revolution also own one of the league’s

worst road marks at 1-8-2, and are well aware of their past

struggles at Toyota Park.

“It’s always tough, we’ve had some classic games in the past

against Chicago,” goalkeeper Matt Reis said.

New England won 2-0 at home over Chicago on June 2 in the lone

meeting this year to snap a 10-game winless run in league play in

the series. The Fire, however, have since added Designated Players

Alvaro Fernandez and Sherjill MacDonald.

“It feels like almost a different season since the last time we

played them,” Rolfe said. “So we have a different group now, a

whole different locker-room mentality so I think it’s going to be a

good challenge for us.”

The Revolution have scored twice during their winless run and

were shut out for the second straight contest Sunday, losing 1-0 to

expansion Montreal.

New England is second in the league with 128 shots on goal, but

its 26 goals represent the league’s fifth-worst total.

“I think our youth has shown a little bit,” defender Chris

Tierney said. “The good news is we are all picking up experience

this year, we have a young team, I think it’s promising for the

future and even for the rest of this year.”

Jerry Bengtson logged 62 minutes Sunday in his first action

since July 14 after the forward was with Honduras for the Olympics.

The Revolution are hoping he will produce a better effort this

weekend.

“He looked a little tired,” coach Jay Heaps told the

Revolution’s official website. “He’s been in Honduras for the last

four, five days.”

Chicago is seeking its second three-game win streak of the year

after Rolfe sandwiched two goals around the first MLS tally of

German defender Arne Friedrich’s career last weekend.

The Fire are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 38

points with a game in hand on the teams above them.