The Fire have stumbled into the first ever 0-3 start in team history. Another slow start has thrown a wet blanket on much optimism but there were some signs of incremental improvement despite the loss. On the positive side, the Fire scored their first goal of the season and controlled much of the possession throughout the match winning that battle by a 58-margin. They also completed 78% of their passes compared to 72% for San Jose.
David Accam also made his regular season debut and had some effect although he wasn't able to create a score. Accam's presence should make the Fire more difficult for teams to defend, particularly as he gains time and fitness after suffering from a groin strain.
On the negative side, set piece defending continues to be a major area as it was last season. Two more goals from dead balls as a result of sloppy marking and some poor goalkeeping make it almost impossible to recover from on the road. There are questions about under-achieving designated players that shouldn't need to be asked even at this early stage of the season.
Losses lead to questions about quality, tactics, and another lost season. There's still a long way to go, but at 0-3 all of those questions are valid.
GK Sean Johnson (4) - Credited with four saves and a couple were of decent quality but the first San Jose goal was on Johnson as he came off his line and misplayed a corner kick. The second goal also probably should have been handled as the rebound was left for Harden to tap in from close range. These are the types of errors that have plagued this team for the last several seasons.
D Eric Gehrig (5) - A better outing than last week at right back but the experiment really shouldn't go past this game. Got forward a little late in the second half but was also exposed defensively again. Almost had an equalizer in the 32nd when Bingham made a big save on his header from a corner kick. The Fire have a decent right back on the roster in Palmer and he probably should stay there.
D Jeff Larentowicz (5) - Adequate at center back but the disorganization in set piece defending is alarming. Fire defenders also did enough to hamper Wondolowski from free looks for most of the night.
D Adailton (5) - Part of the disorganization on set pieces. His mark scored the goal on the second but it appeared Gehrig and Polster were the culprits on the first ball.
D Lovel Palmer (5) - Not terrible on the left side but he should be on the right. A good crossing opportunity with numbers in the box was lost late in the match when Palmer had to stop and retreat to get the ball onto his right foot.
M Matt Polster (5) - Ups and downs as a rookie with another yellow card and some reckless tackles. He does track back well and has some composure however.
M Harry Shipp (6) - Probably the best player on the field for either side. Scored the Fire's first goal of the season with a cool finish in the 30th and dangerous for most of the match. Alexi Lalas called him "too good for this team" during the broadcast.
M Michael Stephens (5) - Somewhat involved with a few dangerous crosses into the box before being subbed out in the 67th.
M Shaun Maloney (5) - Continues to underwhelm with another so-so performance. Corner kick service has been hit and miss. Well struck free kick in the 19th was right at Bingham. Struggling to find the right times to get forward and stay back as Yallop tinkers with the attack.
M Joevin Jones (5) - Played a decent first half as a midfielder before departing in favor of Accam to start the second. His assist on Shipp's goal was well placed. Should have stayed in the game at left back.
F Quincy Amarikwa (5) - Will create chances with hustle and effort like he did by blocking Bingham's kick in the 12th, which led to a chance for Shipp. Will also botch plays in the final third like the shot in the 49th with a good look on goal and teammates trailing.
M David Accam (5) - Showed some flashes and caused some havoc with pressure and pace when he came into the match to start the second half. Inserted on the right side where he was more effective for thirty minutes or so before switching to his preferred left side to finish the match. There were definitely some signs that he could be an impact player. Not as effective in the last ten minutes.
F Kennedy Igboananike (5) - It doesn't speak well for Igboananike that Amarikwa missed time in training this week and he still couldn't beat him out for a starting spot. He was active but not necessarily dangerous after coming on for Stephens in the 67th.
F Guly do Prado (5) - Entered the game in the 74th for Amarikwa and actually may have played forward this time rather than rambling aimlessly through midfield.
A home game against the Philadelphia Union next Sunday. The line up should be interesting with Maloney gone on international duty.