DC United's current season is a case study for the Chicago Fire. After completing one of the worst seasons in MLS history in 2013 with only three wins, DC has bounced back to finish atop the Eastern Conference. By completely revamping their back line and most of the remaining eleven, save Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon, DC was able to rebuild in the course of one off season. Shrewd moves to acquire effective MLS veterans have paid off although they didn't spend big money to get back in the hunt. Acquiring Luis Silva from Toronto FC in July last season also helped.
The Fire managed a draw against DC a few weeks ago but there wasn't much reason to expect a result in this match with the home team looking to secure first place in the East. Chicago followed suit with another mediocre outing in a long line of unimpressive starts in a historically bad season of their own. The Fire have allowed 50 goals this season and many of them have come much too easily for the opposition. Such was the case again in this match as DC scored from a completely unmarked far post header following a goal kick and a hideous turnover near mid field.
"Yeah, it's the story of our season," said Frank Yallop after the match. "We've played pretty well most games we've had. We've just made mistakes at the wrong times and teams seem to get the second goal and from there it's an uphill battle. I will say we didn't give up, our guys were in the game and we tried hard to get back in the game. We give a lot of goals away to the opposition rather than earning it."
Frank Yallop has admitted that there isn't enough quality in the side and he'll probably have to revamp the Fire's roster in much the same manner that DC did. His big changes in the back with Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni were miserable failures although Lovel Palmer has been a bright spot.
Mercifully, there is only one game left before the changes geared towards 2015 can start being made in earnest.
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