Just when you thought a 5-1 loss to San Jose on July 23 was the low point of the season, the Fire continue to find ways to shock supporters with yet an even bigger sham. A 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Sounders leaves little to look forward to but the false hope of a playoff push in a weak Eastern Conference. The fact that Seattle played this game without Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, Gonzalo Pineda, and Chad Marshall on the bench provides a clear picture of just how far Chicago is from being a serious contender for anything other than a first round exit in the playoffs.
Seattle led 2-0 at the half courtesy of goals from Chad Barrett and Andy Rose. Both goals featured the horrific marking and lack of defensive pressure that has been evident in just about every failure this season. Barrett got behind a stationary Lovel Palmer in the 6th minute for an easy tap in and Rose maneuvered himself between Razvan Cocis and Alex for a free header following Marco Pappa's corner kick in the 34th.
It was all downhill from there. Rose was unmarked again in the 58th to head in another Pappa cross. Martins beat the entire back line in the 79th to make it 4-0. By the time Kenny Cooper finished the last two goals in the 82nd and 84th to complete this shellacking the Fire had waved the white flag.
Trailing 3-0, Frank Yallop inserted Matt Fondy, Chris Ritter, and Logan Pause into the match. At the same time that the Ritter/Pause switch was made in favor of Cocis and Matt Watson, Sigi Schmid countered with Martins.
The Fire simply don't have the horses to compete with the best teams in MLS. Unfortunately, this probably isn't the last debacle we'll see this season. This one just cuts deeper because it was the last real chance at any hardware in 2014.
D Segares, Soumare, Larentowicz, Palmer
M Alex, Cocis (Ritter 74'), Watson (Pause 74'), Ward (Fondy 62')
F Shipp, Amarikwa
bench (not used): Reynish, Cochrane, Hurtado, Joya
D Yedlin, Anibaba, Scott, Evans
M Neagle, Alonso (Azira 64'), Rose, Pappa (Gonzalez 85')
F Cooper, Barrett (Martins 74')
bench (not used): Hahnemann, Marshall, Pineda, Weaver