Calling this effort lackluster would be very gracious. After a 2-0 win against Columbus the Fire came out and played like a team that has been eliminated from playoff contention. Certainly the revolving door of personnel changes due to injury and call ups played a part in the overall performance but an apparent lack of desire seemed to be the pervasive feeling in the locker room afterwards. "I don't know what to say it is. It's more mental fitness, I think. We aren't mentally strong enough for the games this year" said a disappointed CJ Brown. When asked what the reason for the lack of focus could be Brown responded, "Personalities. We used to have those type of guys that would battle. This year we don't have them. There's a few guys out there working their tails off. We have to build around those guys. Logan Pause, he's your man right now. He works all day and doesn't get enough credit for what he does."
Brown is also undecided about next season and feels the current roster does not understand what it means to play for the club.
You can hear Brown's comments about the pride of playing for the Fire and his thoughts about retirement after the season by clicking here.
GK Andrew Dykstra (5) - Wasn't bad and managed to record four saves. Stopping either of the two Kansas City goals would have taken spectacular efforts.
D Bratislav Ristic (5) - Struggled a bit in this one after a fine effort on Friday night against Columbus. Ristic vacated the right side to follow his mark in the 45th minute which allowed Arnaud to find space and score just before half time.
D CJ Brown (5) - Continued to take a physical beating and continues to push but one has to wonder how much is left in the tank at this point in the season. Was injured late and struggled through the last twenty minutes or so.
D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (5) - Lost possesion a few times but didn't commit any egregious errors. Didn't do anything of particular note either other than managing one of the Fire's whopping four shots on goal.
D Krzyzstof Krol (6) - Made a few nice runs and managed to deliver a cross or two only to find that no Fire players had migrated toward the goal. One of the few players who actually seemed to attempt an effort tonight.
M Peter Lowry (4) - Lowry played the central midfield role but he was camped next to Logan Pause for most of the night in front of the defenders. As a result the Fire were woefully outplayed in the middle of the pitch. The gaping hole in central midfield that was evident for most of the first half of the season returned tonight.
M Logan Pause (5) - As CJ Brown pointed out in post game, Pause does play hard. The heart is there but the Fire are playing their CAM position in a 4-4-2 alignment too close to the defenders to help Pause cover ground.
M Corben Bone (4) - Did not play well but the decision to remove him in the 38th minute was in a word, ridiculous. Bone didn't appear to be playing any worse than the rest of the squad at that point and singling him out just didn't make sense. It should also be noted that he was playing out of his natural position.
M Calen Carr (4) - Absent for most of the night. Touches were few and far between.
M Patrick Nyarko (5) - Came on for Bone in the 38th minute and didn't distinguish himself either. Did provide one flash of hope when he sent a cross into the box in the 60th minute to provide a scoring chance for a teammate, unfortunately no one in a red jersey was there to receive it. Lowry did arrive late.....only because he was playing too far behind the action.
F Collins John (4) - Managed to get a shot off on a header in the 7th minute. That was the last we heard of him.
F Freddie Ljungberg (5) - Tried to push forward from the withdrawn striker role but with little support behind him and Collins John in front, the Fire become very easy to defend. Moved to right mid when Castillo entered the match.
F Brian McBride (5) - Entered the game at half time for John and at least made himself available. Managed a shot on goal and provided a cross to Castillo in the 62nd minute, who for some reason stopped his run.
F Nery Castillo (4) - Other than stopping his run on the aforementioned play he also managed an awful free kick from a dangerous spot in the 60th minute.
A barnburner between two former league powers. Fire vs DC United.
The highlight of this match is Brian McBride's final home match before retirement. Unfortunately some of his teammates seem to be in retirement mode already.
De Los Cobos explains his reason or pulling Corben Bone and addressed the apparent lack of energy in the post game press conference here.