After a disjointed and sloppy first half that saw miscommunication in the back and a shocking inability to complete more than 2 consecutive passes, the Fire came into the second appearing to finally realize that the season was on the line. A more spirited effort in the second 45 still did not provide a score and the team with two designated players on the pitch becomes the first side to be shut out this season by Philadelphia.
The 1-0 win is the Union's first clean sheet of the season in league play. That stat alone is reason enough to believe that playoff hopes are merely dreams at this point. After receiving favorable results in other league matches with losses by Colorado and Toronto the Fire once again failed to capitalize on an opportunity.
GK Sean Johnson (6) - Communication was shaky in the back during the first half but he was more composed as the game progressed. There's not much more that can be asked of the rookie keeper.
D Steven Kinney (4) - Attempted to push the attack a bit with moderate success. Philadelphia enjoyed way too much success attacking in the first 30 minutes.
D Wilman Conde (5) - Mass disorganization in the first half resulted in several Philadelphia opportunities. Like the rest of the team his second half effort was better but too little too late.
D Dasan Robinson (4) - After being the Fire's best defender on Wednesday night, a weakly cleared header resulted in the Union's only goal. Also committed several unforced giveaways.
D Deris Umanzor (5) - Played a fairly decent match on both ends but an errant pass behind Logan Pause (which Pause wasn't looking for) resulted in the counter attack which led to LeToux's goal.
M Logan Pause (4) - Mass disorganization in the defensive end in the first half, little to no ability to link the back line to the midfield, careless giveaways, and long stretches of Philly possesion.
M Patrick Nyarko (5) - Something has been missing from his game since returning from concussion symptoms. Some nifty footwork that ultimately resulted in nothing.
M Baggio Husidic (4) - Made a few decent runs before being subbed out but his touches and passing were awful.
M Freddie Ljungberg (5) - A decent shot in the first half was saved by Knighton. Seemed to wake up when he was moved to central midfield at the top of a 4-4-2 diamond.
M Nery Castillo (4) - Several careless giveaways in the first half then provided little to nothing in terms of real scoring chances in the second half before being subbed out for rookie Corben Bone in the 87th minute. Can I say once again that Castillo is not a left midfielder?
F Collins John (5)- His only real chance was on a break out shot that was knocked away by Brad Knighton. The shot was well struck but directly at the Union keeper making it an easy save.
F Calen Carr (5) - Came in at the half for Husidic and had a few half chances that resulted in nothing. A header opportunity in that went high in the 76th minute was his best chance.
M Mike Banner (5) - Came in for John in the 58th minute, passed up a chance in the 61st and passed up another shot in the 66th before getting fouled. Provided a decent cross to Carr on the header chance.
M Corben Bone (NR) - Came on in the 87th for Castillo, which was much to late to register any sort of impact.
Things are not looking up for the Fire. The next match is at Rio Tinto Stadium next Saturday against Real Salt Lake. The playoffs are looking further and further away.