Neither of these teams have been invited to the post-season party, but this is far more surprising for one than the other.
Less than 12 months ago, New England Revolution were lifting their first Supporters’ Shield, having posted a new MLS single-season points record.
Now though, Bruce Arena’s team are down in 12th place, having lost more games in 2022 than they’ve won.
The Revs did enjoy a victory last weekend, beating Atlanta United in Foxborough, with Giacomo Vrioni and Gustavo Bou scoring.
However, having lost three on the bounce beforehand, this was very much too little too late.
Here, will New England conclude the campaign with their first away victory since 6 August?
Chicago Fire meanwhile have only featured in the play-offs once in the last decade, this coming in 2017, most recently recording a victory in the post-season in 2009.
So, in Ezra Hendrickson’s first year in charge, it’s merely been more of the same, with his team down in 12th.
The Fire did win on the road last weekend, beating FC Cincinnati 3-2, largely thanks to Jhon Durán’s brace.
The Colombian is just the third MLS player to score 2+ in three games as a teenager, after Eddie Gaven and Ricardo Pepi.
However, given that was just Chicago’s tenth victory of the campaign, it’s been another year to forget in Illinois.
Will there be a winner at SeatGeek Stadium?