The Fire saved their first four goal match of the season for the final day of the campaign. After a fairly even first half that saw the Fire grab a 1-0 lead on a fantastic back heel flick from Brian McBride, Chivas USA defenders allowed the Fire room to operate and the attack lead by Freddie Ljungberg made them pay.
After failing to make the playoffs, a 4-1 victory is an appropriate finish to the playing careers of McBride and CJ Brown. The leadership and class of both players will be sorely missed in 2011.
The Fire end the year on 36 points (9-12-9) and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. A busy offseason with big decisions to be made lies ahead.
GK Sean Johnson (6) - Made several big saves (total of 5) keeping Chivas USA at bay. The best was probably a 52nd minute diving stab at Bornstein's shot. Returned to the starting role after missing the last two games with an eye injury.
D Steven Kinney (5) - Left in the second half with an apparent ankle sprain after battling to get a shot off on a header.
D Wilman Conde (6) - Played a better game in what could be his last Fire match. Did well in the air although he did pick up the customary yellow card caution late in first half stoppage time.
D CJ Brown (5) - Maldonado got behind him on the Chivas goal. I would hope that he is back on the sidelines next season as an assistant coach.
D Deris Umanzor (5) - A fairly decent effort from Umanzor although Zizzo did pick up an assist playing from his side. Beaten by Braun in the 75th but the header attempt was wide.
M Logan Pause (6) - Pause picked up an assist feeding the ball forward to Carr to open up the match in the second half. Defended Braun well on a set piece late in the second half.
M Peter Lowry (6) - Came forward more in the second half and managed to get off a few shots on net. Chivas had a little too much space mid way through the first half accounting for their best run of the game during that period. Provided a great long ball to Pappa which resulted in the second Fire goal to start the second half.
M Marco Pappa (6) - Good all around effort from Pappa. Played balls through when he had to and shot at the right times. Actually even managed to get a right footed shot off which resulted in the fourth tally.
M Bratislav Ristic (6) - Played well at right mid and right back after Kinney was injured. Ristic's versatility and skill will be very welcome in 2011.
F Freddie Ljungberg (8) - These are the types of games the Fire was expecting when he was acquired. Ljungberg attacked at will and was dangerous every time he touched the ball. The addition of Ljungberg was a positive one when all is said and done but he holds a player option for next season.
F Brian McBride (7) - A fantastic finish proves to be an excellent and appropriate end to a classy and legendary career.
F Calen Carr (6) - Came on in the 51st minute for McBride and added pace and width to the attack. He may have been offside on the play leading to his goal but a fine touch to juke Thornton out of the way ensured an open net look.
M Patrick Nyarko (6) - Didn't figure into any of the scoring plays after entering the game in the 60th minute for Steven Kinney but the signs of maturity as a player were evident as he tracked back and covered the right flank any time Ristic ventured forward.
M Baggio Husidic (6) - He's just one of the guys that always seems to be in the right place at the right time. A five goal season is an impressive sophomore year for Husidic.