As most of you know, the Fire was able to continue their winning ways in SuperLiga on Tuesday night, defeating Chivas USA 1-0. The Fire's lineup was chock full of normal reserves and youngsters and for the most part, they impressed.
So without any further ado, here is the latest installment of the Fire player evaluations. If you are interested, [click here for the scale. ](http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-fire-confidential/2009/06/fire-vs-dynamo-player-ratings.html)
GK - Jon Busch - 6
Buschy didn't have too much to do on Tuesday night but when called upon he came up big, giving the Fire its second consecutive clean sheet and securing the win.
DEF - Austin Washington - 6
The youngster looked a bit shaky in the first half in his right back slot but that block on Chukwidi Chijindu's shot was absolutely tremendous. Overall Washington did well but he definitely needs to work on his crossing...
DEF - Wilman Conde - 6.5
Conde, as always, was a rock in the back for the Fire. The big center back even got up the field on occasion and had a couple chances on goal, but his finishing (or lack thereof...) wasn't so hot...
DEF - C.J. Brown - 5
Brown left the game with a left hamstring strain in the 16th minute but before the injury was playing just fine for the Fire defense.
DEF - Gonzalo Segares - 6.5
The Costa Rican international played slightly below his high standards in the first half but came back strong in the second. His forays into the attack were good and he was able to pull quite a few nice moves on Chivas defenders to go along with his solid crossing and set piece deliveries.
MID - Logan Pause - 5
Didn't see a whole lot of Logan but (as a defensive midfielder) that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I thought overall he turned in an o.k. performance playing in front of the Fire back four.
MID - Justin Mapp - 7.5
Mapp made the most of his minutes logged on Tuesday night. He did very well throughout the match. His goal was very solidly taken and he was dangerous throughout, making some good runs down the line and hitting good crosses/shots.
MID - Baggio Husidic - 4
Baggio was one of the few Fire youngsters that didn't really show his stuff in Tuesday's match. The UIC product didn't do anything terribly wrong, but he was invisible for large stretches (not good for an attacking mid) and had some bad giveaways.
MID - Mike Banner - 4.5
Banner was able to consistently get himself into nice positions but his crossing was (for the most part anyway) ineffective and he was bit slow to deliver at times. That being said, he did make a very nice attacking run at goal in the first half but he needs to gain a little bit more confidence in his left foot.
FWD - Stefan Dimitrov - 6
Dimitrov made his first start as a member of the Fire on Tuesday and I thought he played pretty well. He had a strong aerial presence throughout the match and he had a nifty (though ultimately unsuccessful) flick to a storming Baggio Husidic in the first half. I would've liked to see Dimitrov put a few of those headers on goal though...
FWD - Patrick Nyarko - 7
Nyarko again and again torched the Chivas USA defense with some very nifty moves and pure speed on Tuesday night. The youngster from Ghana was hustling all over the field and his passing was great (it was his pass that led to the Fire's lone goal). However, Nyarko was (once again) unable to score in a match in which he certainly wasn't lacking for opportunities.
DEF - Brandon Prideaux - 6 (16th minute/C.J. Brown)
Prideaux had to get acclimated quickly to the match after his unexpected insertion for an injured C.J. Brown but I thought he did well, especially defensively. He marked well and provided a nice stop gap in the center of the back line (not his usual position).
MID - Marco Pappa - 7 (69th minute/Justin Mapp)
I loved the energy and creativity that Pappa brought to the match after his insertion in the 69th minute. He looked dangerous the whole time he was in and his runs down the line and crosses into the mixer were stellar.
MID - Tim Ward - 4 (70th minute/Stefan Dimitrov)
Really didn't see too much from Tim after his insertion into the central midfield in the 70th minute. It'll be nice to see him return to his right back spot (where he looks quite a bit more at home...)
Chris Rolfe - N/A (89th minute/Baggio Husidic)
Rolfe will be kicking himself after failing to put a Marco Pappa cross in the back of the net, but otherwise he did fine in his very limited action.