Fire 0 DC United 0 - Game Recap and Player Ratings

A disappointing end to the home season and Brian McBride's final Chicago match featured a goal that was called back in the sixteenth minute as a result of an offsides call.  McBride was also stopped on a late first half header by a diving Troy Perkins. 

The match itself was played with all the energy of two teams playing out the string and the result showed it.  DC rarely threatened, the Fire were a little bit better but in the end, a listless 0-0 draw seemed appropriate for two rivals whose battles are fierce when the games matter.  Unfortunately for two of MLS' proudest franchises 2010 will be a year that supporters will want to forget. 

Player Ratings

GK Andrew Dykstra (6) - Managing a clean sheet against DC United this year is no large accomplishment but Dykstra played well when he had to.  Came up with 4 saves on the day most notably in the 48th and 86th minutes.

D Steven Kinney (5) - Games like these are difficult to judge due to the ineptitude of the competition but Kinney did his job unspectacularly. 

D Wilman Conde (5) - Picked up the daily yellow card in the 37th minute but overall his game seemed a bit more subdued and under control today.  After the game Conde said that contract discussions with the Fire are still taking place and he would like to return next season.

D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (6) - A nice stop on Allsopp in the 43rd minute and another chance thwarted on the DC forward in the 59th minute highlighted his day.

D Deris Umanzor (5) - Decent effort while tasked with marking DC starlet Andy Najar, who did not have a good match.  Got forward for two shots on net but neither had enough pace behind them.

M Logan Pause (5) - Not a bad effort but DC's attack is woeful.

M Peter Lowry (5) - Spent much of the first half playing next Pause centrally.  The second half saw him come forward more just in time to miss a few decent scoring chances.  Two shots in the 72nd and 73rd minutes were wide of the mark.  The latter was actually a pretty decent look.

M Marco Pappa (5) - Subbed out at halftime after a so-so outing.  His only chance was a long distance blast that sailed over the net in the 27th minute.

M Bratislav Ristic (5) - Not as sharp as he has been in previous games.  His passing wasn't crisp and was eventually subbed out for Bone.

F Patrick Nyarko (5) - Made a few dangerous runs but none of them resulted in a score.  Nyarko will be a dangerous force from either forward or midfield if his finishing ever improves.

F Brian McBride (6) - Came close a few times and it was apparent his teammates were looking to get him on the board.  The offisides call, the big save by Perkins, another header wide in the 44th, and another close call with Ljungberg offsides in the second half were part of an active day for McBride. 

F Freddie Ljungberg (5) - Came on at halftime for Pappa and had a chance in the 89th minute on a rebound shot but DC blocked the attempt.

M Corben Bone (5) - Came on in the 62nd minute for Ristic and didn't really distinguish himself. 

F Calen Carr (5) - Entered the match for McBride in the 88th minute in order to allow the home fans to acknowledge the USMNT and MLS legend.  Had a shot saved by Perkins in the 89th which resulted in Ljungberg's rebound chance.

Post Game

Brian McBride addressed the media after the match and had a few more things to say about his career and his future in soccer.  Listen here.  McBride as always was pure class.

Carlos De Los Cobos also was asked about next season and interest from El Salvador.  De Los Cobos sounds like he is expecting to honor his two year deal in Chicago.   

Collins John was sent to the hospital this morning by the team doctor with a yet undisclosed medical issue.   

Next Match

The season finale at Chivas USA next Saturday. 


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  • Thought Dykstra played well, although ran a lot of clock instead of getting the ball back in play. The one save at point balnk range at the top of the net after the misplay by Conde I think was really good.

    Pappa is so aggravating.. he consistently tries to make the flashy play or dribble through 3 guys instead of making the pass.. they let him roam from side to side to let him create, but he consistently tries to do too much. They really need these guys to play more as a team.

    I like the attitude that Watson-Siriboe brings to the field.. take no stuff.. maybe something to build on in the back.

    While McBride has had a tremendous career, I didn't like all the over the top gestures when he didn't get the ball today. Yes the passes were crap half the time, but he mishandled a couple too. Don't like to see guys be so dramatic in their complaints even when you know they're right.

  • I agree with you a 100% Bumsteer.
    The Chicago Fires passing game left a lot to be desired.
    Instead of dripling they need to work on their passing game.
    "The New Coach" needs to motivate the team and have them focus
    on a team effort and look for the open man.
    As said before by me and others we need a "New Coach" a couple of
    young quality finishers who can contibute and grow with the fire.
    Obviously some players need to be replaced with ones who can do a better job. The Fans deserve much better than what De Los Cobos and
    the Team delivered in 2010.

  • Pappa has been garbage for more than half of the season this year. He has looked like Mike Banner for awhile now. Trying to beat every player that looks at him and is within a 20 yard radius of him. But when he tries, nothing happens. He either gets the ball taken away very easily of dribbles out of bounds. His shots are TERRIBLE and his passing isn't much better. I was shocked when DLC took him off at half time yesterday. It was the first time, that I can remember, he made a sub that made sense. Freddie looked really good yesterday. When he came on we looked more dangerous and things started to happen. I know Nery has fitness issues or something like that but why wasn't he brought on instead of Carr. A 80% Nery will always be better than a 120% Carr. That didn't make any sense to me. Conde got beat on multiple situations and just isn't very good at the moment. His yellow was well deserved for his 300 fouls in 5 minutes.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    What have you seen from Nery that makes him more dangerous than Carr?

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    Is that a serious question? Carr has been with the club for 3 years now and hasn't done anyting. Nery has been here for 2 1/2 months. If given the choice of Nery or Caitlin, who would you pick ChicagoFire8?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Fire Alumni Update

  • I'll be discussing the Fire on WNDZ AM 750's Sportsline Radio today at 11:20 or so.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I like the radio host butchered Chivas USA team name.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    It was actually the update guy, not the host.

  • In reply to cesba:

    that was a good analogy on Brian McBride: McBride is to soccer as Jim Thome is to baseball. Both local icons at their sport and both future Hall of Famers that have never won a championship.

  • In reply to longoria3:'s Steve Davis takes a look at the Fire

  • In reply to cesba:

    Good article, I wouldn't mind seeing Hamlett back. At least his teams were strong defensively, and not to mention farely succesful.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    two and thanks

    If you're going to make a change it would have to be for a new face or someone currently in the organization. Bringing back Hamlett would really make the front office look clueless.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Who did you have in mind?

  • In reply to fire1020:

    I think you have to look at some of the previous candidates if a change is made. Mike Jeffries was a candidate and now he's back with the organization as Player Personnel Director. Jesse Marsch was interviewed last winter and he would be someone who is familiar with the Fire. Eric Wynalda was interviewed....I'm not sure if he can coach but he would certainly be entertaining. We also can't rule out Klopas himself behind the bench.

    I guess it doesn't really matter who we have in mind....we have to think in terms of who the organization might have in mind to come up with some possibilities.

  • In reply to cesba:

    True, our opinions don't matter. I'd like to see Marsch get a go. Wynalda would probably MLS's Mourinho, at least in the talking aspect.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Wynalda would certainly be special....the post game press conferences would probably be worthy of a separate post after every match.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    If we are really going to start the "new coach" game then I think we should list our requirements before throwing out names. For example: do we want a coach who will emphasize the short passing/carry-the-ball-out-of-the-back game?; do we want one with a record of strong player communication and motivation?; do we require experience in the international games?; are we willing to take a chance on an unknown?; do we want a theory man?; do we want a players' coach? Since you can't have everything, somebody better be asking these questions!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I think before we get that detailed we need to find out if De Los Cobos is going to return.

    Changing the coach after one season and attempting to start all over again doesn't make sense to me.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I would agree with the desirability of NOT changing the coach BUT then DLC and the Fire need to put the El Salvador issue to rest or else it will shadow everything done over the off-season.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I would think that we would know for sure by the time the expansion draft takes place on Nov. 24

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I'm already bored with this offseason.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I'm a huge Peter Wilt fan but hasn't this professional indoor soccer fad faded?

  • In reply to cesba:

    "The whole thing has been destabilized by questionable player acquisitions, a mishmash of formation changes, a peculiar player rotation and a coach who may or may not return to his old job in El Salvador. This wasn't supposed to be such a rebuilding year, was it?
    Dead on in his list of problems but totally ignorant of what the Fire lost last year --Blanc, Soumare, Rolfe, Segares -- of course this was supposed to be a rebuilding year but now I'm afraid it will be next year!! I'm very disappointed in DLC allowing the return to El Salvador to gain traction. Maybe he knows what's coming!!! How about giving Klinsmann a shot -- oh no that won't work, Chicago only has a lake, no ocean!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Yes....those losses are always glossed over by some of the national media types.

    Klinsmann would probably want control over coaching, player acquisitions, the youth academy, season ticket sales, concessions and not to mention a whole boat load of money.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Peter Wilt is heading the new Chicago MISL team

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Freddie Ljungberg will be a guest on FSC's SoccerTalk Live tonight.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I wonder the host of that show will ask him some soccer related questions since that show what I heard is chaos.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    It's gotten a little better and Kyle Martino has some potential as a host.....but the other guest tonight is Apolo Anton Ohno.

    Oh no.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Schellas Hyndman and FCD will apparently be interested in Juan Pablo Angel when he becomes available.

  • In reply to cesba:

    For instance, if FC Dallas acquires Angel, for example, they have Ferreira and Cunningham on top as it is, who will be the fall guy?

  • The problem with the Fire is that they don't use all sides of the field. It seems like they rely on using one side of field to generate an offense and plus no one comes forward from the center to pursue by the net; this is where a center midfielder and forwards come in to play. This is the area they need to address going to the offseason. Top priorities 1. Forwards 2. Center midfielder 3. center back 4. holding midfielder. Giving McBride a 20 on a player rating will be off the charts but since it is a 0-0 tie, a 6 is more like it in terms of his effort on attempting to score a goal.

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