Sounders 3 Fire 2 - recap and ratings

This one was infinitely more entertaining than the match in Colorado but the Fire's third match in seven days ended with much of the same feelings that were prevalent in the previous two outing. Frustration and disappointment were the theme of the night during post game with the reality of a 2-4-8 record heading into the World Cup break.

A match that featured five goals, two red cards, six yellows, and several big saves by the opposition's goalkeeper may have kept the crowd entertained but the result wasn't much different. After two good defensive outings, the gaps, lapses, and questionable marking that has plagued them all year were on display again.

The Fire stand at 14 points on the season which leaves them ninth in the East, trailing everyone with the exception of Montreal. The good news they're currently only four points out of the fifth spot but these dropped points at home can't be recovered during the inevitable mad dash in September.

Player ratings

GK Sean Johnson (5) - Two saves but three goals allowed. One was a penalty kick but he was fortunate there wasn't a fourth, Martins got around him in the 5th but his shot was barely wide of the far post.

D Lovel Palmer (5) - Tried to get involved offensively. Failed to adequately cover or even challenge Neagle on Seattle's third goal.

D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (4) - The first yellow card may been a little soft but you can't go into a tackle in the box with two feet and expect the referee to ignore it. Penso has been justifiably pointed to by both coaches but it's hard to argue against a foul there. Also beaten 1v1 by Martins on Seattle's first goal. An awful day after an outstanding effort in Colorado.

D Bakary Soumare (5) - Slow to react on several occasions. Martins and Neagle got behind him more than once but most of damage was done against his central partner.

D Gonzalo Segares (5) - The Fire went to three in the back at one point and Segares spent much of that time trying to cover ground for the other two. Probably the best of the Fire defenders on the night, but it wasn't an outstanding defensive showing by any means.

M Jeff Larentowicz (5) - After Seattle controlled the ball (65-35) in the first half, the Fire reversed that in the second (62-38). Larentowicz is proving that he's better with another holding mid and although he wasn't bad his passing wasn't as good as it usually is. After the match Larentowicz said it was time for players to look in the mirror and called this loss the worst of the season.

M Chris Ritter (5) - Looking a little more comfortable in his third straight start and even chipped in a cross or two. Better in this game than he was in Colorado.

M Grant Ward (5) - Another young player with a third consecutive go in the eleven but wasn't as effective as he can be. A few errant shots failed to find the mark.

M Benji Joya (5) - Highlight of the day was enticing Martins into a straight red card. Joya described the foul as closed fist swipe. Okay but unspectacular on the outside for 70 minutes before being subbed out.

M Harry Shipp (7) - A solo effort with two quality strikes kept the Fire in the match. The first goal featured deft dribbling to evade defenders and beat the keeper with a well placed shot and the second was a beautifully taken opportunity that showed his class even further. Shipp has been more than even the most optimistic had hoped for.

F Quincy Amarikwa (5) - Credited with two assists thanks to Shipp's mastery but his touches were off for most of the match. His point blank shot in the 59th was stopped spectacularly by Frei to keep Seattle in the lead.

F Juan Luis Anangono (5) - Came in for Ritter in the 63rd. The Fire shifted into a 3-4-2 at this point moving Larentowicz out of the central mid spot he had occupied when Hurtado was sent off. His lone chance was another point blank shot that was saved by Frei in the 88th. There wasn't much behind the shot, but at least he got this one on frame.

M Alex (5) - Entered the match for Joya in the 70th, slotting into the middle and pushing Shipp out to the left. Involved in some build up but nothing dangerous.

M Victor Pineda (5) - All three of the Fire's homegrown players got onto the pitch in this game. Pineda was subbed in for Ward in the 76th. Got into the action quickly in the 77th but his penetration in the area was halted by several defenders in green.

Next up

The World Cup break and a US Open Cup match on June 18.

We recap the last three games and take a look ahead on the latest episode of Fire Confidential Live.

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


Leave a comment
  • A bit harsh on Amerikwa - the amount of work he puts in, beating defenders and putting the ball in dangerous places makes him valuable even without goals scored. Contrast that with Anangono who blows chances and does little else.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    I'd knock a point off of Amerikwa for all the darn flopping. He had a bit of an off game too. He didn't seem to hold up the ball as well as usual.

    But you're right about Anangono; he's a cardboard cut-out of a player. No movement, no hold up play, no shot. Worthless.

    Getting rid of Rolfe is really biting the Fire in the butt. I know it was cap related, but it hurts every time Anangono enters the game as an "attacking" sub. I'd rather see Gentile or Barouch get a chance at this point.

    I thought that Pineda showed pretty well as an attacking spark when he came on, he tried to do too much at times, but seemed less wasteful with the ball than Joya. The more Shipp, Ritter and Pineda play, the more hopeful I am. I hate seeing the Fire lose, but at very least, this season, I get to see Shipp play at the same time.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Good point on Gentile and Barouch. I was going to make a similar point on the show yesterday, seeing as Anangono did little other than to hit one shot on frame directly at Frei.

    This is turning into a MacDonald-type situation more and more by the week. Feels like they're going to have to buy him out just to be able to cut him loose at this point.

  • With this group, I don't think our reserves can beat the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Any clues if we will be going with our starters for that game next week?

  • In reply to mintyfresh315:

    I would imagine we'll see a first choice side on the 18th, especially given the WC break happening at the same time.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Anangono usually does well against USL competition. ;)

  • Anangono should do well at USL games, it matches his level of competence.

  • In my hour of desperation, I thought they should see if they could still pursue this option:

    Oh what could've been...

  • So who is this striker coming out to visit Chicago who also has played at Spurs? Cameron Lancaster? Anangono's replacement?

  • In reply to penapirata:


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Which, from the sound of it, would be somewhere near the league minimum.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    So if it pans out to be a signing, we will know what "within reason" means. ;)

  • I'm starting to not really care what Frank Yallop has to say anymore. It's getting tiring to me.

  • In reply to waamsy:

    As long as the check clears, he's all good. Honeymoon year, rebuilding, etc. whatever you want to call it. He knows it and appears to be riding it along.

  • Cameron Lancaster would seem to be a logical replacement for Anangono, 5 appearances and no goals, what more should we expect. Would be a typical Fire signing, lots of potential with limited talent.

  • After rechecking, he's had 11 total appearances with several clubs at different levels, still no goals

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Puppo v2.0

  • In other news, Orr Barouch and the Fire have "mutually agreed to part ways" according to a release on the Fire website. Would this indicate that Gentile is making positive progress while out on loan and is set for a return? Clearing roster space for Lancaster? Something else?

  • Would rather see the team keep Barouch than sign Lancaster
    who appears to be a lesser Barouch. Don't mind making space for Gentile but thinking that Lancaster will contribute anything to the club
    is pure stupidity. Waste of time, space, and money.

Leave a comment