This matchup between the Fire and Revolution is a rematch from last year's Eastern Conference Finals where the Revolution won and advanced to the MLS Cup where they eventually lost for the second straight season to the Houston Dynamo.
This is the innaugural match at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Houston has never scored a first-half goal against the New England Revolution.
Several players were missing from both clubs due to international duty.
Brian Ching (Houston) - United States
Pat Onstad (Houston) - Canada
Dwayne De Rosario (Houston) - Canada
Kenny Mansally (New England) - Gambia
Khano Smith (New England) - Bermuda
Shalrie Joseph (New England) - Grenada