Fire 2 Crew 0 - Game Recap and Player Ratings

The Fire capped off the thirteenth anniversary celebration with one of their better performances of the year and a 2-0 victory over Columbus.  Goals from Peter Lowry and Brian McBride were enough to send a seemingly tired Columbus side home with the possibility of falling four points behind New York in the Eastern Conference table. 

In a glimpse of what the team could or should have looked like after acquiring Ljungberg, Castillo, and Segares during the July transfer window the Fire moved the ball, made effective runs enabling the attack to seem cohesive, and did not bunker with a lead.  This game was similar to the fine effort in San Jose and should provide some consolation after a difficult season since wins against quality teams are difficult to come by. 

Player Ratings

GK Andrew Dykstra (6) - Not called on to do much in the first half but came up with three saves in the second half.  The best being a leg save on a low hard shot in the 65th minute.  Bobbled a shot or two but managed to hold on without giving up rebounds.  Was saved in the 90th minute when Ristic cleared a shot off the line.

D Steven Kinney (5) - Played decently against Rogers, Gaven, and the Columbus outside attackers and provided a little going forward early.  Sent a nice cross in for Lowry in the 10th minute which resulted in a corner kick.

D Dasan Robinson (5) - Left the match in the 14th minute when his recurring quad injury flared up and he had to be replaced by Watson-Siriboe. 

D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (6) - Fairly solid effort in relief of Robinson.  Did a decent job of clearing headers in the box late. 

D CJ Brown (6) - Managed to bother Schelloto enough to disrupt the flow of the Columbus attack.  He may not have enough in the tank to play 90 minutes every game for a full season but he still provides some of the fire necessary to play his position. 

D Bratislav Ristic (7) - Turning into one of the better finds of the season.  He was asked to play left back on short notice after Krol was scratched in warm-ups and continues to show his versatility.  Was solid defensively all night and maintained a clean sheet for the team by clearing a Columbus shot off the line in the 90th minute. 

M Logan Pause (5) - His passing left a bit to be desired today and was beaten by Steven Lenhart on the play resulting in the clearance from Ristic.

M Peter Lowry (6) - Started as the central midfielder next to Pause and managed to get forward enough for a few dangerous chances.  A fine manuever to beat one of the top defenders in the league (Chad Marshall) was enough to turn the tide in the Fire's direction. 

M Marco Pappa (6) - Didn't figure on the score sheet but he was very active and seemed to move better without the ball than he has previously.  Made an excellent run in the 41st minute which resulted in a shot that beat Hesmer but ricocheted off the left post. 

M Patrick Nyarko (7) - Some flashes of the first half version of Nyarko were evident although he did dribble himself out of a chance or two by trying to outmaneuver one too many defenders.  Nyarko assisted on both Fire goals and was dangerous with several other crosses despite taking a shot at half-time to relieve pain in his right ankle. 

F Freddie Ljungberg (6) - Did well creating space and moving the attack forward.  Credited with an assist on McBride's goal and caused difficulty for Crew defenders with his pace. 

F Brian McBride (6) - Finished his chance when presented with it by deflecting Nyarko's low cross into the net in the 53rd minute.  It was his only shot on goal of the night but he made it count.

M Calen Carr (5) - Entered the match in the 77th minute for Patrick Nyarko and slotted into the let midfield spot. 

Baggio Husidic (5) - Came on in the 83rd minute for Pappa and managed to register a shot on goal one minute later, which Hesmer handled. 

Next Match

The Fire take on Kansas City next and have managed to keep the flickering notion of a playoff spot alive.  Depending on the results of the San Jose and Colorado matches this weekend the Fire could be officially eliminated by kick off on Tuesday night. 

Post Game

Carlos De Los Cobos was not available after the match but assistant coach Mike Matkovich did address the media.  Listen to his comments here


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  • Great game, in some ways better than the win against San Jose.
    Good ball movement through out.
    Nyarko, Pappa and Freddie could use shooting lessons
    from Lowry. A well placed shot with some force is good as it gets.
    Wish Freddie and Pappa would show as much patience when shooting.
    Only negatives were that Kwame needs to be a bit more accurate in his passing and that
    Freddie and Pappa kept their foot on the ball instead of passing it off at times.
    More impressed with Pappa's defensive effort than his offensive one.
    Great over-all team effort, even Dykstra looked like a pro.
    I could take a season like the last three games, 2 great wins, and one wesuk loss.
    We'd ended up with 20 wins, 60 points.
    Thought everyone was on the same page, hopefully they can finish the season with the same class.
    Lowry looks like a bargain 2 goals for 40K, Castillo 0 goals for 1.8 mil.

  • It would be so fitting if that turned out to be McBride's last goal. In Toyota Park, against Columbus.

    McBride... MLS star, Fulham hero, American LEGEND.

  • We looked pretty good last night. It kinda sucks that they wait until they are out of the playoffs to play like that. KWS looked good and could easily turn into our new Soumare in the back. Ristic played well but was getting beat all 2nd half by that guy that came on as a sub. Lowry is better than Thorrington in the middle for us. Held the ball well and played it off nicely too. Gets forward enough and when given the chance, puts it away. He should be out there on Tuesday for sure. I wouldn't mind seeing that same lineup again on Tuesday. If Robinson can go then have him replace Brown and go with the same guys.

  • Going into these last 4 games I figured the game against Columbus would be the toughest and they got the win , they really should run the table against KC , Chivas , and DC and who knows what would happnen if they did that.
    Great coaching call by getting Lowry in there , he scored the 2 Fire goals against the Crew at home last year so that means he scored 3 straight goals against them at Toyota park. Lowry has the number of Columbus and Houston , he has 3 goals in the last 2 against them in Toyota Park and he also has 3 goals in his last 3 games aginst Houston. First win against Columbus in a long time.
    A win and a loss against Columbus this year which in itself is different because the 2 teams normally play to 2 ties every year ( 2-2 ties ).
    The Fire always seems to find the net against the Crew, other than the loss at Columbus this year the Fire always seems to score 2 goals per game against them , they have done that in at least 4 out of the last 5 games against them.

  • that pass by lowry to husidic and the shot - something i'd like to see more of - even tho it was saved, it was the kind of shot attempt i think chicago needs to make

  • Too little, too late for the men in red. Watch them win the next three games and fall short out of the playoffs by a point or goal differential. Seems like they are taking themselves out of the top five pick in the MLS Superdraft. They still need to address the forward position, center back and defending midfielder that can actually defend and mover the ball forward. Ristic was a nice pickup for the Fire; he is like a superutility soccer player.

  • Is CdlC boycotting the media a la Sir Alex Ferguson? This is what, the fourth game he hasn't addressed the media? And yet we won!

  • In reply to kp1935:

    He doesn't want to repeat himself over and over. If the team plays well then they play well, why give something away. Plus things get lost in the translation.

  • In reply to kp1935:

    No playoffs for Fire, even if they made i think it would be a quick exit. Maybe Fire will be better next year.

  • In reply to kp1935:

    san jose up 2-0 at 55' mark

    oh well, was to be expected

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