Fire 0 Rapids 0 - recap and ratings

In a game that had the look and feel of a reserve game, the Fire finally registered their first clean sheet of the season. Both sides relied heavily on a mixture of starters and back-ups but the result was a less than scintillating outing that was quite frankly hard to watch.

The Fire's eighth draw in thirteen matches keeps them on pace to break their own league record of 16 stalemates recorded in 2011. A draw in Colorado under normal circumstances is not a bad result but ties will do them no good come October.

The defensive effort has been better in the last two games but the team has now failed to score from the run of play in four consecutive matches. The going won't get any easier before the World Cup break with Seattle coming to Toyota Park on Saturday. Chances are they will need to score at least once twice against the Sounders to have any chance at beating them for the first time in club history.

Player ratings

GK Sean Johnson (6) - Finally registered a clean sheet this season. Strong presence for most of the game. Big save in the 36th on Eloundou's shot headed for the lower left corner.

D Steven Kinney (5) - A decent first thirty minutes or so was followed by a bit of a struggle to keep up with Elounduo on the right side. Subbed out at the half.

D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (7) - Outstanding for ninety minutes and bailed teammates out of difficult spots on numerous occasions. Notably bailed out Kinney in 37th and Soumare in the 67th. Hit the long pass over the top that Anangono squandered.

D Bakary Soumare (6) - Beaten to the ball by Mwanga in the 41st for Colorado's best chance but otherwise effective enough to limit any clear looks.

D Greg Cochrane (5) - Gave up room and some chances for Neeskens in the first half but recovered in the second. Provided decent service from the right side on two of the Fire's three corner kick opportunities.

M Jeff Larentowicz (5) - There wasn't much going on in midfield for either side. Was it a function of numerous players in unfamiliar roles not gelling, altitude, lack of quality? Possession was slanted heavily to the opposition again (62-38).

M Chris Ritter (5) - No costly mistakes in this match but nothing outstanding either. Not very good in possession and passing but did recover nicely in the 77th to deny a good look for Colorado.

M Grant Ward (5) - Seemed to be a bit out of place with the Fire blasting long balls to nowhere for most of the first 45 minutes. Never quite got into the flow of the game. Maybe because there was no flow.

M Matt Watson (5) - Unspectacular and workmanlike. His start on the outside signified that the Fire were looking to get out of Colorado with a 0-0 draw. If that was the case, the strategy worked.

M Benji Joya (5) - Occupied the attacking-mid/underneath spot but rarely got into a position to do anything with it. A good free kick cross ended up finding Palmer in the 54th but his shot was just wide.

F Juan Luis Anangono (4) - Provided next to nothing for most of the match and had a chance to give the Fire a lead when one of those hopeful long balls actually connected. His clear look header should have beaten an onrushing Berner but his shot glanced harmlessly off the side of the goal.

D Lovel Palmer (5) - Subbed in for Kinney. A few good defensive sequences couples with some awful passes.

M Harry Shipp (5) - Entered the match for Joya in the 61st. Touches on the ball were few and far between.

F Quincy Amarikwa (5) - Got into the match about 15-20 minutes too late after entering in the 82nd for Watson. A patented dive attempt in the 88th went unrewarded. Yallop waited too long to get him in and he didn't have much time to make much of a difference.

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

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    "[Chicago Fire] will need to score at least once against the Sounders to have any chance at beating them"

    This is true in all cases.

  • In reply to Andrew Oleksiuk:

    Ha! I meant to say twice.

  • So is Robinho "with in reason"?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    My guess is no.

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    I'm about ready to tweet to Quincy that he's got to stay on his feet. It would be terrible for him to pick up a reputation as a diver.

  • Can someone tell the fans why a team that has never played a game is signing players that we would live to have on our team? The game last night was not worth the loss of sleep. Our DP looks like a big duck flopping around the field. Did he win one header last night?

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Simple answer.....$$$

  • I don't know if I want to watch anymore Fire this summer, especially with World Cup coming, and then right after that EPL and La Liga start again.

  • In reply to waamsy:

    i know how you feel, and i know you won't actually do it! i sometimes feel the same way.

    and when in doubt, watch for shipp, watch for quincy, watch for magee, and watch because even though they are again mediocre, you love this team through thick and thin, and watch this team b/c you love watching soccer.

    ok? :)

  • I feel like a lone man out, and I'll credit that to having joined the party in late 2010, but compared to the NOW!RIGHTNOW!!! approach (as someone put it) during the last three years, it's nice to bear witness to a better way of running a team. Viable reserves, who also get 1st team time, adjusting the tactics and formations to something other than counter-attacking style of the last few years...I get the long-term vision of what Yallop's doing and I like it. More, please. Just keep improving. Please.

    it's actually refreshing to see how the team is changing in a long-term way. I'm having fun. Last night wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but, hey we got a point in Colorado.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Agreed. Give this coaching/scouting regime some time, but please do let this owner off the hook for his long term showing of being completely inept. All major acquisitions post Blanco (which was under the prior ownership) have been pathetic and sad. McGee is the only exception, and he made that deal, not the Fire.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    meant do NOT

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I think most of us still harbor those sentiments, Krasov. But you have to give him credit for decisive action after last season, sweeping out the old non-performing leadership and installing new people who we all recognized as good soccer people. The only thing left for Andy to demonstrate is that willingness to part with some real $$$ for a real star or two. Andy started off poorly and took too long to fix the problems but, now that he has, I say wait and see what this produces.

  • In reply to Krasov:



    Another area I am curiously watching is the outreach/marketing campaign. Billboards, decked out bus stops (which are pretty cool,) CTA ads, and promoting the beer buses- er, Pub to Pitch...I think this would fall into what, if I recall correctly, it was Atul saying either at the ISA AGM or on a FC Podcast last year about making going to a Fire game not just about a soccer game, but attending an event (he cited other teams in other sports that even when they were doing poorly in the standings, they still drew large crowds. The overall experience is the hook.) I kinda feel like the marketing campaign is shaping around that idea.

    We'll see.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I don't know. This is a tricky situation in terms of how to "feel" about this team. I'm happy to hear your optimism Brian, and while I feel hopeful for the future, I haven't been shown anything really to not still feel frustrated by the current team standing.

    I'm frankly a little annoyed by the mid week line-up. This team needs to win, and they have 3-4 weeks off after this why not trot out your best 11 (the one sub I really "get" is Sega with his old man legs and recent injury) and go for the 3 points? It's not like the Fire has put themselves in the position to be happy with 1 point anymore. You're telling me Harry Shipp can't handle 3 games in a week at his age? Or Quincy?

    Yes we have viable reserves. I love that. Depth is key. So props to Yallop for understanding such a simple concept that Klopas and Co didn't seem to grasp. I'm happy Yallop isn't completely incompetent, but I'm not wowed by it.

    But to Krasov's point, this owner has taken a proud franchise and run it into the ground. We have been constantly in this position under AH, year after year...floundering in the early part of the year while waiting for some saviour DP to come in the summer, who inevitably ends up as a disappointment.

    And while he makes grand statements about spending on elite players, he hasn't actually spent the money to back his words - while we watch other teams sign the likes of Dempsey, Bradley, Defoe, Villa, etc. I actually wouldn't be quite as frustrated if he never said anything about Keane-like money - one of the first lessons of business is to set realistic expectations or it won't be pretty (ex. - go to a restaurant and you're told it'll be a 45 min wait and your sat in 30 min = happy customer. if you're told it'll be 15 minutes and it's 30, you are anxious and likely annoyed and unimpressed). That comment by AH, btw, was mentioned 27 months ago. We are still waiting.

    So yes, let's all be hopeful that Yallop's 2 MLS cups over a decade ago translate to current MLS success. He's proven he can coach a team to titles. Can he coach a team and lead the player management side, and will Hauptman support him financially so we can also acquire an elite player or two to complement players like Magee, Shipp, and SJ? I think it remains to be seen, and some level of pessimism is certainly warranted given recent history.

  • I'm worried about Magee, maybe he's a one season wonder,
    his antics pre-season were not a help, two penalty goals big deal.
    He needs to display more than he has so far, he hasn't been worth
    what he's paid for. This is a bigger disappointment than Anangono,
    who many already knew was going to be a bust.
    Hopefully he'll be gone by July replaced by a competent striker.
    Injuries have played a big part in the slow start combined with a porous defense. I wasn't enamored with the lineup against Colorado, and thought the game would be a loss. Although the play was fairly boring, at least the Fire got a well deserved tie
    for the first time this season, happy to take the 1 point.
    The Fire has two strong defensive games in a row, maybe the defense is finally getting it together instead of converting victories into ties.

  • One game tonight....

    Houston 1 Sporting KC 1


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Hou-KC tie

    55-66 (5 unaccounted)

  • Alec Kann loaned out to Charlotte Eagles.....

  • Saturday picks

    Toronto FC 2 San Jose 1
    DC United 1 Columbus 0
    Philadelphia 1 Vancouver 2
    Chicago 1 Seattle 1
    FC Dallas 0 Colorado 0
    Real Salt Lake 2 Portland 1


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