FC Dallas 3 Fire 0 - Game Recap and Player Ratings

Playing their third match in a week the Fire were outclassed in Dallas surrendering the Brimstone Cup for the ninth consecutive season.  A defensive lapse in the 20th minute from Kwame Watson-Siriboe resulting in the first goal was all Dallas really needed to earn the three points and continue the Fire's miserable season. 

The second half saw very little fight from the Fire which could have been the result of tired legs and an FC Dallas goal in the first minute after halftime.  The attack that looked so promising and effective in San Jose disappeared after a few glimpses in the first half.  Of course it didn't help that Peter Lowry replaced John Thorrington in the starting eleven due to injury and didn't exactly make anyone forget Baggio Husidic. 

Player Ratings

GK Sean Johnson (5) - Allowed three goals but once again a Fire goalkeeper was left out to dry by porous defense.  Guessed right on Cunningham's PK goal but couldn't get a hand on it. 

D Steve Kinney (4) - Was beaten by Chavez on the ball leading to the second goal and then deflected the ball into the net while trying to defend the shot. 

D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (4) - Misjudged the bounce from Dario Sala's free kick allowing Rodriguez to get behind him and bury the first FC Dallas goal.  Watson-Siriboe enjoyed two good performances before this match but easy goals like this one have been the trademark of the Fire defense all season.  Was subbed out for Conde in the 59th minute.  I'm still wondering why you switch off a central defender for another central defender when you're trailing 2-0 with a half hour to play. 

D Dasan Robinson (5) - Committed the foul on Cunningham which was judged a penalty kick by Alex Prus.  Robinson got the ball first while attempting a slide tackle but Cunningham professionally drew the call by going down on contact.  Had that been Calen Carr instead of Jeff Cunningham, Prus may not have found his whistle. 

D Krzyzstof Krol (5) - Joined the attack a bit in the first half and was so-so defensively.

M Logan Pause (5) - Played the role that we're accustomed to.  With the team on the brink of elimination (officially) and trailing by two, I probably would have opted to bring in Conde for Pause in the 60th minute in hopes of getting something going forward.

M Peter Lowry (4) - Distribution and vision were poor.  Attempted to chip Sala in the 11th minute wasting a good opportunity.  Subbed out in the 54th minute for Pappa. 

M Patrick Nyarko (5) - Provided several dangerous balls in the first half but his first touch failed him in the 14th minute while attempting to get around the Dallas keeper for a shot.  Subbed out for McBride in the 67th minute.

M Bratislav Ristic (5) - Provided a little action in the first half but his fouls outnumbered his offensive chances.  Moved to central midfield briefly in the second half when Pappa entered the match but FC Dallas was in defend mode by then. 

F Freddie Ljungberg (5) - The spark that was evident on Wednesday wasn't there tonight.  After a fair first half he fizzled in the second and was rarely effective. 

F Calen Carr (4) - Carr can stretch the field a bit with his pace but his decision making and play making ability is still not first eleven quality.  He is more effective as a substitute and should be used so.

M Marco Pappa (4) - Entered the match in hope of injecting something into the attack in the 54th minute.  Instead, the attack on the left side which showed some promise in the first half was non existent in the second.

D Wilman Conde (4) - Entered the match for Watson-Siriboe in the 59th minute and I'm not sure why.  As an added bonus, Conde picked up a yellow card in the 84th minute which disqualifies him from the Fire's next match.  From what I understand, Conde is waiting to see what changes are made before signing a contract for next season.  If he waits too long, he could be one of them. 

F Brian McBride (4) - Missed a wide open look at goal in the 85th minute.  To be fair the ball did bounce up and catch his knee but most would expect that even Chad Barrett could have put that one away.

Next Match

The Fire take on Columbus on Friday amid Thirteenth Anniversary celebration events.  As hard to believe as it may sound the Fire have yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.  If the Fire win all four remaining matches against the Crew, KC, DC and  at Chivas and Colorado manages to lose all three of their games (at Dallas, at LA, and RSL) the two teams will be tied on 41 points. 

Colorado shockingly lost to DC United at home this weekend. 






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  • Nothing left to say about this season that has not already been said.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Four more games left..........

  • In reply to cesba:

    Four more frustrating, blood pressure raising, root canal like, tactically inept games that lack any semblance of team chemistry left. At least we have the other leagues to tide us over until next season.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Go Fulham!

  • In reply to fire1020:


  • In reply to fire1020:

    I thinks the silence on this thread which is usually where people vent post game speaks volumes...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Certainly has been quiet. Maybe everyone was busy watching Jay Cutler get his brains beat in. ;)

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Wow tough time to be a Chicago supporter! Not even talking about the Cubs! Cutler got thrown around like a rag doll from a small guy! Went on wikipedia and Cutler benched 225 23 times so he is no weakling just not very smart! I can't see why he didn't get the ball out of his hands fast especially after repeated beatings!
    Nothing more frustrating then seeing a team make the same mistakes and not adjust..same with the Fire!
    We have one of the best wins on the road of course in SJ...heck we do good in Cali beat LA Galaxy for best game of the season then SJ...then get beat down by a good revamped Dallas team...have we ever gotten the Brimstone cup? Hard to believe we never had it!
    What's the point if its not even competitive and we get it once in awhile?
    Hoping for next year! Didn't really see McBride decline coming so fast and John...Nery etc being busts!
    Glad that Johnson is such a athletic beast in the nets makes the Busch disprespect a little less stinging!
    Why didn't we bring Ristic aboard sooner? He looks more like a DP then Nery for sure!
    Time to let the kids play and learn...please play Bone he seriously hurt his development when he got injured and Baggio caught stride. Happy for Baggio as I like the guy but Bone is supposed to be good and we drafted him high.
    We have done good drafting, just need a player of two, especially up top and the guys to actually like each other for us to be a serious team again. GO Fire!!!!

  • In reply to smiley:

    troy, next year, the forward core is going to be deep in the draft. Players like M/F Ashley McInnes (Tulsa), F Austin Neil (Tulsa), F William Bruin (Indiana), F Darlington Nagbe (Akron) and M/F Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Akron) will be available in 2011 MLS Superdraft. Akron will have possibly 5 players taken in the 1st round just like Wake Forest in 2010 which included Fire's own Corben Bone.

  • In reply to smiley:

    The playoffs will have a weird feeling about them with no Fire, Houston, or NE.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Don't forget DC United.

    This will be the first playoffs in league history without the Fire, DC, or New England.

  • In reply to cesba:

    For what it's worth, the expansion of the league is making the playoffs something more than practically a gimme. It sux that we're on the outside looking in but I know this business of sandbagging until September then making a run will no longer be a viable option. And making the playoffs will be an accomplismhment.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    No doubt. It's definitely a good thing that you can't hang around for half the year hoping to have a good run to get into the playoffs. It will also encourage teams to add quality players at the begin of the season rather than scrambling to find something in the July transfer window....more pressure on technical directors to find the right guys as well.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    gotta go into next year not expecting a playoff team,,,,,rebuild and see what we have in 2012....anyway,,im too busy trying to get the cubs going in 2011,,,,,will the fire do like the cubs and play young kids these last few games? or are they stuck with their roster?

  • In reply to bert:

    I think you have to expect a playoff team in 2011. As it turns out 2010 was the rebuilding year that the front office was trying to avoid. Due to the salary cap which ensures that each team is fairly close talent-wise, it's possible to bounce back in one year if the gaps are filled intelligently. The Fire do have some talent to work with so there should be no excuse for abandoing 2011 as another building year.

    The Fire can't expand their roster at this point since the rosters are frozen in mid September but they should get good looks at guys like Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Corben Bone. Heck...even Victor Pineda should get a taste.

    The Cubs on the other hand are a lost cause ;)

  • In reply to DerSting:

    The Fire won the Brimstone Cup in the cup's inaugural year (2001) and haven't got it back since. The league and the rivalry has changed in the last ten years so the competition for the Cup isn't as relevant as it was in the early 2000's.

    I wouldn't classify Castillo as a bust quite yet since he tried to cram six weeks of pre season training into two weeks and he has another year left on the loan deal. 2011 is a very big year for him professionally. If he doesn't have a big year next year his options in Europe will likely have dried up and he will be at a crossroads in terms of a new deal.

    I'd like to see more of Corben Bone as well although I've gotten mixed opinions on his upside from observers.

    A quality #9 forward should be top priority for next season.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    It would be nice to get this guy back too.....

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Fire alumin abroad

  • In reply to cesba:

    Woo Hoo...Denis Hamlett got his first win as the head coach of Illinois Institute of Technology. They defeated Olivet Nazerene University 3-0. Akron University......LOOK OUT!!!

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