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.
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.