Fire 1 Union 1 - recap and ratings

With four games remaining, the Fire have set the all-time MLS record for draws in one season. The 17th stalemate came courtesy of a horrendous clearance by Philadelphia goalkeeper Rais MBolhi that was intercepted by Robert Earnshaw in stoppage time.

After 87 uneventful minutes with both teams looking like non-playoff sides, the Union took the lead late when Amobi Okugo found a loose ball in the area to give the home team a short lived lead. MBolhi's blunder probably could very well have cost the Union a shot at the playoffs but neither team deserved to win this one. Play was sloppy and uninspired most of the night and yet another line-up change for Chicago did little to generate much positively on the offensive side.

Alex got a start at left back, Jeff Larentowicz was moved back into central midfield with Logan Pause as his partner, and Sanna Nyassi was given a run at left midfield. All of that equaled yet another tie in which the Union held a slight 51-49 possession advantage. Both teams managed to register an unimpressive 2 shots apiece on target.

Player ratings

GK Sean Johnson (5) - The Union did have more shots attempted but only two were on frame. Most of the shots weren't dangerous and Johnson was really tested throughout.

D Lovel Palmer (6) - Continues a run of good form with a solid first half.

D Patrick Ianni (6) - Wasn't perfect but had one of his better outings of the year.

D Bakary Soumare (5) - Caught scrambling on a couple of occasions but Philadelphia seldom was dangerous in the area.

D Alex (5) - He's played some left back in Switzerland so the position isn't totally foreign to him. Wasn't awful but did get beat by Wenger on one of the Union's few promising forays in the 56th.

M Grant Ward (5) - A cross or two but not much else.

M Jeff Larentowicz (5) - Back in his customary spot. The Fire consistently have little generated from central midfield but that can probably be expected with two holding midfielders occupying the center of the pitch.

M Logan Pause (5) - Kept the ball moving in one of his final games for the Fire.

M Sanna Nyassi (5) - Had trouble beating defenders 1v1. Long shot in the 52nd earned a corner kick. Registered the Fire's other shot on goal with a soft header in the 44th.

F Harry Shipp (5) - Close to connecting on a handful of balls.

F Quincy Amarikwa (5) - Difficult to make an impact in this position with little service.

M Florent Sinama-Pongolle (5) - Came on for Ward in the 58th. Had a chance in the 63rd but his shot was blocked away.

M Patrick Nyarko (5) - Subbed in for Nyassi in the 71st. Drew a foul in a dangerous area in the 25th.

F Robert Earnshaw (6) - Replaced Amarikwa in the 77th. His classy chip after intercepting MBolhi's botched clearance saved a point.

Next up 

A Sunday match up against Frank Klopas and the Montreal Impact. Klopas won't be on the touchline after being shown the door during Montreal's last match.

Ties on ties

Mike Magee continues to entertain on twitter while he's on the injured list. His latest provided some humor about the club's dubious new record setting feat.


Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • So is Andy going to be upset that the commentators were speaking so poorly of the Fire team and organization for most of the game? The field at Toyota Park is a "cow pasture" and the Fire are a sinking ship and so on.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    He is reaping what he has sown...

  • He's going to be displeased for sure.

    Maybe it shows how bad most of that game was and where we're at as a club but Twellman's rant on the Fire was the best part of the match. It's nice to see national media acknowledge how far the Fire have fallen and even though it's Taylor, I felt he was genuine about his criticism and wanting to see the club rise again.

    Unfortunately every year like this is another year we're falling behind pretty much the rest of the league. Next year we won't even be able to say "at least we're not Chivas".

    Even more unfortunate is that it's not going to change until Hauptman is gone. He's done this to himself.

  • In reply to seaside:

    Twellman spoke the truth. He was off base only when he defended Hauptman. How can you list 30 things that are awful about the state of the team and then not criticize the owner. I think it was a message from ESPN that it won't criticize the league i.e. the owners. Go all the way Taylor, tell the truth about the team, the owner and the league!!

  • "We're # 1!"
    Because that's how many points we earn from every game.

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