Disappointing night for the Fire, as they drop the opener 1-0 at New York. You can read most of my thoughts on the match over at [MLSsoccer.com](http://www.mlssoccer.com/content/promises-left-undelivered-fire), but I wanted to take the time to share a few extra opinions over here.
Here goes... I was pretty disappointed by the roster moves de los Cobos made tonight. I thought taking off McBride was completely off point. Really, really bad move in my book. The man is the leading returning goal scorer and bringing him off for Justin Mapp (while the team was down a goal in the 80th minute mind you...) was ridiculous. I understand the notion that McBride and John play a similar style of forward and the coaching staff wanted to vary the look up top by sliding the speedy Patrick Nyarko up from the wing. However, I think the move made the Fire worse at both winger (where Mapp replaced Nyarko) and forward (where Nyarko filled in for McBride). Again, not the best move in my book.
I would also liked to have seen Krzysztof Krol play tonight. Mike Banner struggled at times defensively and it would have been nice to see how Krol would have acquitted himself to MLS.
I mentioned this in the article, but I did like how Collins John played. Thought he did well out there. I think him and McBride will do well when paired up together for a full 90 minutes. Nyarko was also a bright spot.
I'll be out at practice on Tuesday to ask a lot of questions of de los Cobos and the players. For now, feel free to share your thoughts about the match below. I'm guessing a lot of you will be pretty disappointed with the Fire's effort. And deservedly so...