Fire vs. San Luis: Player Evaluations

MLS: JUN 13 Fire at United

Hey all, hope everybody enjoyed their Father's Day (the U.S. team made that a little easier...wow).

Here is the latest edition of the Fire player evaluations (and, if you are interested, [here is a link to the ratings scale](http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-fire-confidential/2009/06/fire-vs-dynamo-player-ratings.html)).
**Starters:**

GK - Jon Busch - 8
Busch played a very nice game. He made several critical saves and organized the defense nicely. His second half save of Victor Lojeno's point blank shot was tremendous and it completely preserved the win for the Fire.

DEF - Brandon Prideaux - 5
Played solid defense all game but his forays into the attack were not pretty. He has definitely played better games for the Fire this year but overall, Prideaux did all right.

DEF - C.J. Brown - 8
The Fire captain continued his solid form while filling in for Bakary Soumare. C.J. played a fantastic match, winning what seemed like every ball that came his way and even registering a shot. His sliding block of a San Luis attempt on goal was not only very impressive but also very crucial for the Fire's chances in the match.

DEF - Wilman Conde - 6
Conde played a good match, but made one huge mistake that could have very easily led to a San Luis goal. In the 54th minute, Conde left San Luis striker Victor Lojeno wide open on the back post but luckily for the Fire, Jon Busch bailed him out with a nice stop. Other than the one mistake though, I thought Conde played a nice match.

DEF - Gonzalo Segares - 7
I really liked how Gonzalo got into the attack on Saturday night. He consistently made great overlapping runs and hit a few nice crosses into the area as well. Segares also delivered some nice corner kicks and sent a dangerous shot on goal. Oh, and his defense wasn't too shabby either.

MID - Logan Pause - 7
I thought Logan played a very nice match. He was all over the place defensively and he played well in the attack too. He seems to be over his rough spell of play and I think we can all go back to expecting more performances like Saturday's from Pause.

MID - Tim Ward - 5
Although Ward played admirably filling in for John Thorrington in the center of the midfield, you could certainly tell that he was out of position. His distribution was somewhat lacking but his defensive play was stellar, especially when it was combined with Pause's effort. Hopefully Ward returns to his familiar right back spot soon.

MID - Chris Rolfe - 6
I thought that Rolfe looked very dangerous in the first half. He was consistently beating San Luis defenders and his passing was good. However, I thought Rolfe disappeared slightly in the second half before he was subbed out for Patrick Nyarko in the 80th minute.

MID - Marco Pappa - 5
Pappa played with all of his usual attacking flair, but his play Saturday night wasn't as effective as it has been recently. He wasn't able to beat San Luis's defense with the frequency that he has been in MLS play, but overall, his game wasn't bad.

FWD - Cuauhtemoc Blanco - 5
If it weren't for Blanco's very nice assist on Brian McBride's goal, his rating would certainly be lower. Temo was simply unable to connect on his passes Saturday night and the Fire need a better performance out of him on Tuesday night against Chivas USA.

FWD - Brian McBride - 7
It was nice to see McBride finally get another goal (he had been scoreless since the May 16th match against Toronto) and what a great one it was. It was really a picture perfect strike from McBride and he left San Luis's keeper with no chance.

**Substitutes:**

MID - Patrick Nyarko - 5 (Subbed on for Chris Rolfe in the 80th minute)
Nyarko played pretty well in the ten minutes of playing time that he saw. I liked his presence on the wing where he can really use his pace to stretch out the opposing defense.

MID - Daniel Woolard - N/A (Marco Pappa/83rd)
Woolard really didn't see too much time on the ball in his 7+ minutes of action, but it was nice to see him return from injury.

DEF - Austin Washington - N/A (Cuauhtemoc Blanco/92nd)

FWD - Baggio Husidic - N/A (Brian McBride/92nd)

I will be heading out to the Fire's practice on Monday, so look for a practice report/game preview later on.

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  • A 7 for Logan Puse....really?

    What about the ridiculous blind back pass (is there any other kind from Pause) that almost led to the tying goal late in the match?

  • Good point Guillermo. I (like an idiot) completely forgot that play when I rated Pause.

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