All in all the 2-2 draw was probably a fair result. After an uninspiring first half the Fire rebounded to outplay Colorado in the second half although it wasn't exactly attractive attacking soccer by any means. Of major concern is the gaping hole of non productivity currently being provided in the middle of the pitch by the Fire central midfielders. Peter Lowry was non existent and Logan Pause, shall we say, did not look good again. Justin Mapp replaced Lowry to start the second half and had a few decent moments but certainly not enough to establish himself as any sort of solution.
The high altitude seemed to wear on the players late in the second half as the latter parts of the match seemed sluggish while both teams appeared happy to accept a point. I thought Patrick Nyarko handled himself nicely in the midfield and Collins John continues to provide hope for the near future. I would expect that Carlos De Los Cobos is fairly satisfied to come away with a result while missing Wilman Conde and John Thorrington.
GK Andrew Dykstra (5) - Still hasn't done much to ease any concerns over the departure of John Busch but he did not play badly. There wasn't much he could do on either goal.
D CJ Brown (5) - Mostly unspectactular but steady. You pretty much know what you get with Brown, he's still servicable as a central defender in MLS.
D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (5) - Not a bad rookie debut but again didn't really do anything to distinguish himself. Committed a few fouls in dangerous areas. He is a big guy who seems fairly mobile for a center back his size.
D Tim Ward (5) - Decent effort although he didn't get forward as well as he typically does.
D Krzystof Krol (6) - Now we now that Krol isn't necessarily slow but he is not faster than Mike Banner. Krol is big for a left back and made a decent run late in the game but was denied by Kosuke Kimura. Had a moment of near disaster in the first half when he failed to step up on a dangerous shot by Mehdi Ballouchy which almost resulted in a goal.
M Logan Pause (4) - I'm convinced that Thorrington will replace him in the starting 11 once he is healthy. Pause inexplicably decided to step forward and allow Omar Cummings to gather the ball, turn, and shoot while Fire defenders back pedalled. If the team had any confidence in anyone else playing the position he would be sitting already.
M Peter Lowry (3) - Absolutely invisible. Substituted at half time. Lowry is apparently not a center midfielder since he seems lost playing the position.
M Marco Pappa (5) - Pappa seemed to struggle for most of the game and his assist from a corner kick on John's goal saves his rating from dropping lower. The foul from behind that resulted in a PK was just dumb.
M Patrick Nyarko (7) - Was dangerous for most of the match while his move to get by Marvell Wynne which resulted in a PK was most impressive and shows just how fast he is.
F Brian McBride (5)- Converted on the PK attempt but also missed a great opportunity for a goal towards an open net when his shot was cleared by Colorado defenders.
F Collins John (7) - He's looking to be as advertised. Along with Nyarko he was the best player on the field for the Fire. Seemed to tire late in the second half, possibly due to the altitude.
M Justin Mapp (5) - Seemed to provide a little bit of a spark although his efforts didn't result in anything substantial. I'm not sure if he actually played decently or Lowry was so ineffective that anything Mapp did looked better than it was.
M Baggio Husidic (inc) - Came on in the 90th minute so he wasn't called on to do much.
Ref Terry Vaugh (5) - He's presided over some brutally refereed Fire games in the past. Wasn't bad today. Graded mostly for not falling for the garbage Colin Clark was attempting to pull off.
Attendance : 11,641 (pretty much sucks for a home opener)