The Chicago Fire fell to the Houston Dynamo on Friday night, losing a hard fought match 1-0. Houston midfielder Stuart Holden scored the match's lone goal in the 4th minute, and the Dynamo made it stand up despite a bevy of Chicago chances.
Despite the loss, I thought the Fire played pretty well. They controlled a lot of the run of play and certainly mustered a ton more chances than the Dynamo. If it weren't for some stellar goalkeeping by Houston net-minder Pat Onstad, the Fire would have walked away from Toyota Park with at least a point.
To me, the Fire standouts were Marco Pappa and Patrick Nyarko (despite blowing a couple gimmes). Both consistently wasted the Houston defense with their moves, and their distribution and positioning was excellent throughout the match.
Click on the link above to see a piece I wrote on the match for the Tribune (sadly without any post-game quotes) and check back tomorrow for a lot more post game reaction (including the controversial player ratings feature...).