The Fire's second win of the season at Toyota Park has pulled them to within two points of 5th place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. A hard fought team win wasn't high on flash but did show that Chicago is capable of completing and closing out a good defensive outing.
On the other side of the pitch, there were still difficulties in the final third against a questionable back line. The only goal of the match came from a missed penalty kick as the Fire are still lacking a pure finisher.
The Fire still have a long way to go despite the proximity to a playoff position. Only 5 of the club's 12 remaining matches are at home.
GK Sean Johnson (6) - Four saves on the night but his defense kept the easy looks to a minimum. Second clean sheet in three matches.
D Lovel Palmer (6) - Good start with two dangerous crosses in the first half. Played well in combination and also solid in the back.
D Jeff Larentowicz (6) - Seems to be settling in at center back. Very effective in the air most of the night. Pairing with Soumare worked in neutralizing New York's dangerous attackers for most of the night.
D Bakary Soumare (7) - Stellar outing in his return to the line up after a two game exile resulting from the San Jose debacle. Two stone stone cold top flight tackles on Wright-Phillips in the 20th and 26th minutes. Watch Soumare talk about his man of the match performance here.
D Gonzalo Segares (6) - Tasked with defending against Loyd Sam on the night he also contributed a good defensive shift.
M Alex (5) - Managed a shot on goal in the 24th but lucky not to pick up a yellow card after a dive in the 8th minute. Didn't get much forward after that but did help in team defense.
M Razvan Cocis (6) - Put in a full shift in his first start and contributed with a solid if unspectacular play. New York held a 60-40 overall possession advantage but there wasn't much danger. Cocis is definitely a notch above Ritter or Watson in center midfield.
M Matt Watson (6) - Good effort, particularly in late in the second half as the Fire looked to kill the game.
M Harry Shipp (6) - Quiet in the first half but more involved in the second. Two shots on goal didn't really bother Robles but he was active in the final 45.
F Mike Magee (6) - Seems to be slowly picking up form. His penalty kick was stopped but he did not panic and put away the rebound. Worked better in combination with Amarikwa than he has in some time.
F Quincy Amarikwa (6) - Drew the foul in the 37th leading to the penalty award. Also did a good job late in the game in keeping the ball away from New York to seal the win. Double block out in the corner showed his strength.
D Grant Ward (5) - Came in at right back to replace Palmer in the 88th.
M Logan Pause (5) - Entered the match in the 88th for Magee.
The season may ride on Wednesday night's US Open Cup semi final against Seattle.