This one will sting for a while and the Fire will have two weeks to stew in the aftermath. After coming out to start the second half with full control of the first fifteen minutes of play the Fire's defense completely collapsed allowing New England attackers to run free into the penalty area for two goals in a span of four minutes. The breakdown sealed a second consecutive loss against an Eastern Conference rival trailing them in the table. Columbus is now tied with Chicago on 18 points and New England is just 2 points behind.
The international break will provide an opportunity for the club to recover from a crowded stretch of eight matches since the beginning of May while giving the coaching staff a chance to fully incorporate Arne Friedrich, Chris Rolfe, and Marco Pappa into the side. Pappa, currently in a good run of form was away on international duty for this match and his scoring threat was missed tonight. Rolfe will provide another option and a more creative look up top but he shouldn't be considered the complete answer to the club's offensive woes.
It should also be noted that there are only two matches remaining until the transfer window opens on June 27. The Fire will continue to struggle on occasion and will remain in the middle of the pack battling to win the 4th or 5th playoff spot in the East unless another legitimate scoring option is added in July. They should get better defensively when all the pieces are in place but there will be more nights like this without a reinforcement or two.
GK Sean Johnson (6) - Made two fantastic saves that kept the Fire within reach after the defense inexplicably stopped playing fifteen minutes into the second half. Stopped Kelyn Rowe on a 1v1 break away in the 65th and made a diving outstretches save to deny McCarthy in the 75th.
D Gonzalo Segares (4) - Decent work in the first half was ruined by a disastrous second. Beaten by Rowe for the first New England goal after a throw in. The second Revolution goal was a result of a total break down on the left side of the field in the 73rd minute when Feilhaber found himself alone in completely vacated space. His header in the 17th minute beat Reis but clanged off the post.
D Austin Berry (5) - Decent outing particularly on air balls in the first half but seemed to tire in the second half along with the rest of the back line.
D Jalil Anibaba (5) - Did well to clear a chance in the 26th but blue shirts were running free all over the place from the 60th minute on.
D Dan Gargan (5) - Decent work on Nguyen and attackers up the right flank in the first half but a lazy clearance in the 75th almost resulted in a 3 goal deficit.
M Pavel Pardo (5) - A free kick in the 17th found Segares for his header attempt and another pass in the 48th resulted in Oduro's header attempt that found the post yet again.
M Logan Pause (5) - Decent "Pause-like" game breaking up passes in midfield during the first half but every defender seemed to be in a fog after minute 60. Subbed out in the 74th.
M Patrick Nyarko (5) - His passing was not as sharp as usual. A well struck attempt in the 59th was stopped by Reis.
M Sebastian Grazzini (5) - Produced two shots on goal and a great ball in the 40th that Nyarko botched. The Fire need another legitimate scoring threat to really maximize Grazzini's talents as a playmaker.
F Orr Barouch (4) - Provided a different look with decent hold up play but his passing was atrocious killing several counter attack opportunities. Worked a header in the 48th that Oduro also headed off the post.
F Dominic Oduro (5) - A good attempt on the run in the 29th went wide of goal and his header in the 48th came inches away from giving the Fire a lead.
F Chris Rolfe (5) - Came in for Oduro in the 69th but didn't get many touches until a long distance shot in the 89th sailed just wide of goal.
M Rafael Robayo (5) - Nice tackle on Nguyen near the end line in the 82nd and worked into the box for a shot that was blocked in the 86th after coming in for Pause in the 74th.
F Frederico Puppo (5) - Entered the match in the 77th minute for Barouch but Fire forwards didn't see much of the ball late in the game.
C Frank Klopas (4) - The club has trailed at some point in the match 11 times in 13 outings this season. Losing to New England is never fun and now Klopas has two weeks to work Pappa, Rolfe, and Friedrich back into the side. The team is better than they showed today and those players will make a difference but the results need to start coming especially against weaker sides.