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.
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.
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.
The season finale at Chivas USA next Saturday.