DC United 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

The situation continues to get more glum for the Fire.

A fourth consecutive loss has pushed them to the bottom of the table in MLS and at 4-9-2 actually have 2 less points than they did after 15 games in a miserable 2014 season. The overall performance wasn't dreadful, the numbers were actually tilted in the Fire's favor. An overall possession advantage of 62-38 with 81% percent pass completion isn't bad. Attempts at goal were even at eight.

Without David Accam, Shaun Maloney, and Matt Polster, there was little hope that the Fire would generate much offensively and they didn't. Even with the stats on their side.

Another home defeat to an Eastern Conference opponent rekindles the feeling that yet another season is on the brink of being lost. Maloney won't be back for several weeks but Accam should be back in time for the next match. Whether or not there is enough time left to salvage the season is already questionable however.

The Fire weren't terrible in this match, but instead, they were just bad enough to lose.

Player ratings

GK Sean Johnson (5.5) - Returned to the starting line up and played well. Credited with three saves. A diving stop of Boswell's header in the 50th kept DC off the board for the time being.

D Greg Cochrane (4.5) - Had one or two good balls into the box but those didn't outweigh several other woeful attempts.

D Jeff Larentowicz (5) - DC didn't do much offensively and chances were limited. Check out his post game comments here.

D Adailton (5) - A bad foul in the 13th led to a chance for DC. Passable but his lack of pace will hurt against the better teams.

D Eric Gehrig (4.5) - Crossing and help from the right side were lacking. Good block to deny a shot before the ball eventually landed on Doyle's foot for the winner.

M Harry Shipp (5) - While he should be playing more centrally in Maloney's absence, he started on the outside. His passing wasn't great as teams continue to man mark and double team him out of dangerous spots.

M Chris Ritter (5) - Filled in for Polster and didn't do much harm.

M Razvan Cocis (5.5) - As the Fire won possession and kept the ball moving, Cocis played in a good portion of that. Unfortunately most of the possession seemed to be carried by lateral passes.

M Joevin Jones (4.5) - Touch just didn't seem to be there. He was subbed out after 45 minutes. Yallop explained that he was ill before the game and couldn't continue past half time.

F Guly do Prado (4.5) - Continues to start in the playmaking role while provided little playmaking. Sauntered about for a full 90 minutes and moved to central midfield later in the game. Did manage to muster one shot on goal, although it was an easy roller right at Hamid.

F Kennedy Igboananike (4.5) - Very active but very little to show for it. He was the Fire's most dangerous player but also wasted the opportunities that he did manage to create.

F Mike Magee (5) -Came in for Ritter in the 74th and seemed to energize the offense slightly.

M Jason Johnson (5) - Subbed in for Jones at half time. He was active but tried to force several shots.

Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • So when will Yallop choose to recite his "knackered" speech from when he was with the Galaxy?

  • Guys

    In say 15 minutes McGee was more dangerous than Quincy & del Prado combined for the entire 2015 season Why was he the last offense man entered into the game? One of Yallops huge weakness is grading the skill of players. He should be fired soon or the season is lost.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    This season is lost. He should be fired before NEXT season is lost.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Magee* and Do Prado*

    Anyway, you can't just insert Magee ino the starting lineup right away after coming back from injury. Magee has to be worked in slowly to regain fitness so he doesn't get injured again. Any coach would do the same thing, this has nothing to do with Yallop being a bad coach. Magee will get more minutes each game until hes ready to start.

    On a second note, it really bothers me when Yallop puts Do Prado in behind the strikers instead of Shipp when that's Shipp's natural position.

  • This team is sad to watch. Kennedy is a DP version of Quincy. Run around all game and not do anything. He is not a lone striker. He gets out muscled constantly and doesn't have the touch to bring balls down out of the air. He is basically everything we don't need in a striker. Everything that he is bad at, we need him to be good at.

    Do Prado is a disgrace. How he plays, let alone 90 minutes, is beyond me.

    I feel bad for Shipp. He gets the ball, looks up and realizes that he has to pass to one of these scrubs. When a team has only one good player, it is easy to mark him out of a game.

    When our defenders have the ball and look at Kennedy being marked closely by two large center backs, what makes them think a long ball to his head is a good idea?

    If this result and performance happened last season nobody would be shocked. The only difference is that we have an entirely new group of players bet get the same performance and result.

    Frank Yallop, please leave this club.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Ditto on empathy for Shipp. I don't know what his contract terms are but I gotta believe he's telling his agent that if Yallop is still around for 2016, he wants that guy draining his cell phone battery finding him a new club. Which sucks because he's a hometown boy and I get the feeling that playing for a successful Fire franchise would be one of his aspirations. I also agree with KChance. It's not as though any other MLS team stocked with thoroughbreds from top to bottom. It's just mis-management to the core. What is Mathis bringing to the staff? I thought he was supposed to be getting this team to finish chances?

  • In reply to Doug:

    Shipp will be around a while. Homegrown deals are usually five years or three with options.

  • Ive said it before and I'll say it again, there is more then enough talent on the team to win. Where the team fails is that they have 0 clue how to play as a team. It was that way last year as well. So issue is Yallop, it has to be. DC is leading the east by 10 points and how many players on that that team would you 100% want to have be a core of a team? Im sure you can make an argument that they have good players, but my point is that fact that they play as a team, have a "GAMEPLAN" and execute it. Same with the Galaxy every year. There is a plan, a culture at places like that, they can mix and move any players in and out and do well.

    Something has to happen to shake up the team/culture. The players are simply just going through motions at this point. What stood out to me in Rolfe interview he did was that he needed a change of scenery to re focus and prove himself again. I don't know what, but something like that has to happen here without losing the talented players we have to "find it" with another team.

  • In reply to KChance:

    I saw the Rolfe interview too. I felt he was dancing around to politely avoid saying that he had come to realize he had to get away from this team (no matter how much he loved Chicago & the fans) if he was going to have MLS success. I can't blame him.

    I'm starting to wonder about Yallop more & more myself. Originally I found him a refreshing change from Frank the Former. But over time he has come to just seem uninspiring, too emotionless to rally his troops.

    I would hope to eventually see a public expression of emotion before he gets quietly shown the exit. Or was there truth in what Rolfe said? Perhaps the Fire organization is simply a stifling environment within which no one can produce an inspired performance.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Agreed. If they want me to start throwing chairs around the locker room, I will.

  • If the best one can say is that the "Fire weren't terrible" that's obviously not good at all. However, that has been the Fire's CV and reputation for the past 4.5 yrs., just "good enough to get by" and it has really typified the #Yallopout regime. He got saved by the "Goonies" in SJ but in Chicago there are no Goonies. Someone posted on Twitter what we really have here are "anti-Goonies" who find different ways to lose games. I tend to agree. Something has to give and give sooner rather than later because the silence in the stadium will soon become deafening.

  • This was the most pleasant 1-0 loss I've watched. The effort was there (just not the results. BTW- I'm not miffed that we lost, b/c I've already written off the season.)

    I though Magee looked pretty sharp when he was on the ball. I hope Patrick is same.

    Plus side: we only lost 1-0 to the top team in the East & SS race.
    Down side: we lost to essentially their B-ish squad.

    BTW- the new podcast was pretty good. I could have listened to another hour, easily.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    That's pretty much how I felt too. They really played pretty well except that Shipp couldn't seem to pass accurately and Igboananike had a mysterious inability to aim the ball anywhere near the goal.

    I think if Yallop had brought on Magee even just 5 minutes earlier that little upbeat in the FIre offense that resulted might have prevented the DCU goal from ever happening.

    This team is no where near as bad as their record reflects. They seem to have developed a productive academy. The team is staffed with better quality players overall, though I hope AH's loosened purse strings continue to allow more improvement. I still think we could easily see this come together with the returns of Magee & Nyarko.

    Despite the Fire having 2 less points than last year after 15 games, I feel hope. And that's something I didn't feel at this point last year.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I agree with a lot of what you said. Shipp was off last night in his passing. Cochrane also couldn't put in a cross to save his life during the second half (Doody?). This team does have enough talent to make the playoffs (still need to make a defensive signing during the window), and they are better than where they are at in the standings, which is why it is so frustrating for everyone. Also, it doesn't help that Yallop makes questionable decisions. When we have a full team I think you're right in saying that there's hope, but the problem is when will we have a full team? It might be too late with all of the injuries and call-ups. I hope I'm wrong and it's not too late, but it's getting to the point where I look at the schedule and say we have to win the next game, and the next, and the next.

    Also, for the first time this year I saw Yallop do something I've been begging him to do. He took one of the defensive midfielders out (Ritter) and put in a forward. To me, that is how the fire have to play every game. Having one forward up top is not going to get it done. I think they need to go with a 4-1-3-2 formation. If you want to keep Cocis in the team put him at the Dmid and Polster as a CB.

  • In reply to cf97TID:

    This team wont have everyone available for another month. Maloney is 2-3 weeks atleast. Accam is "available" but has a hamstring issue right now. That could act up and who knows how long he will be out. Magee/Nyarko are coming back from very long term injuries. Jones is leaving for the Gold Cup soon. By the time we play Columbus on July 19th we could already be out of the playoffs. Houston (A), Seattle (H), Columbus (H), Columbus (A). Does anyone feel like we can get A win, let alone 3 that we will need by then? If we beat Charlotte, I wouldnt be surprised if Columbus beat us all three times we play them in that 1 weeks span.

    To move on to your 4-1-3-2 formation, we lose the midfield battle as it is when Polster and Cocis are there together. Now you want to only have Cocis as a dmid and Maloney/Shipp as an attacking mid? That would be a terrible formation to play. Polster has arguably been our best player this season. Why would we move him to centerback? He played there against Louisville and Matt Fondy made him look average there.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    About Maloney, I was at my chiropractor/acupuncturist the other day and he brought up the Fire and asked if there was anyone famous on the team. Him being from South Korea, I told him that he probably has heard of Sean Maloney since he played in the EPL and all I got was a blank stare. Well I went on to tell him that Maloney was going to be out for 2-3 weeks because of a bulging disk. Upon hearing that he told me not to be surprised if it turns out to be more like 4 to 6 weeks because bulging disks normally take longer to heal.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Be prepared for a 4 week absence.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So with his injury record could this become a longer term problem?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Next time you see your Schiro, ask him if he's heard of Austin Berry. ;)

    And yes, bulging discs are like plantar facilis- it's better when it's better. I had a bulging disc. There's only so much physical therapy one can do.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I actually told him that a former Fire player is now playing in the 2nd division of Korea. Still never he has never heard of him.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Im not going to write paragraphs on why I think the 4-1-3-2 formation is better and who would play where, I'm just going to say I respectfully disagree with your viewpoint on it.

  • So, I have in the past defended Yallop on his transfer record. And I won't say my opinion in that case has changed much.

    However - dear lord, he's lost the plot as a coach. There is, as KChance noted, talent on the team; talent enough to, with decent coaching, be a playoff team; talent that Yallop assembled. And yeah, a chunk of it was missing last night. But this is another in a string of "you-don't-know-what-you're-doing" results for Yallop.

    Blowing it against NYCFC, losing to Orlando at home, starting Guly in CAM with Shipp on the wing and Stephens on the bench more than once?!? All examples of an awfully coached team.

  • I have to say...

    Although his approach to the game still mystifies me, Guly do Prado played his best game to date for the Fire last night. I thought he distributed the ball well and broke up a lot of plays defensively. He seemed to be involved in a lot of the action. I'm not nominating him for a regular starter but I would have rated him a little bit higher than 4.5.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    chasing down a keeper and barely missing his clearance is not a good thing. Being 9 feet tall and never winning a head ball is not a good thing. Playing as an attacking mid and being in line with the center backs, while leaving Iggy alone up top, is not a good thing. Not creating any chances as the attacking midfielder is not a good thing. He just jogs around the field doing whatever the hell he wants all match. He doesn't offer anything to this club. He is a less energetic Quincy.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I don't recall the specific play personally, but many noted last night that a ball was crossed into the box towards do Prado and he actually ducked. That, if true, should be a one-way ticket to never seeing the pitch again IMO.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    His play alone should be enough for him to not see the field anymore. This guy was a waste of space from the 1st game against LA. He has done the same thing since then. Jog around, go wherever he wants, get the ball and play a long ball to the other team or play it sideways. He doesnt make this team better and I cant wait for Magee to take his spot in the lineup.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    I wouldn't say he ducked....just made no effort to get to it.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I agree that the best game to date standard for Guly is pretty low.

  • Guys we should start a movement for wynalda. He would bring talent and city awareness to the team.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Wynalda hasn't landed a coaching job (outside of his part-time gigs) for a reason.
    I do like him on Fox though.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:


    Good read on Wynalda, btw.

    I'd love to see him, but would expect a train wreck.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    He'd be great entertainment and a remarkable quote machine, but yes- a train wreck in the making.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Can John Harkes come in and steal the job from behind his back? I kid, I kid! Sorry, that low hanging fruit was too good to pass up!

  • In reply to c0quito18:


  • In reply to Brokerman:

    I'd rather see the Sting in Chicago before Wynalda coach the Fire.

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    In reply to Brokerman:

    What about Mike Petke? He was great with NYRB and would be a big hire. I think the Fire need to keep Bliss because of how good he is finding talent (this team is stacked. I am sorry but it is filled with depth to make it to the playoffs.) Then we have Petke manage this team and get his energy in the coaching box.

  • In reply to SouthSideFire:

    Petke is an interesting thought but should also note that there probably was a reason that none of his players really had much to say in support of him when he was relieved of his duties in New York.

    His wardrobe is top notch though.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I still can't figure out why Steve Nicol doesn't have a job.

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    tor-dc tie
    phi-mtl phi
    ne-van van
    kc-col tie
    rsl-clb tie
    sj-la sj
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