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.
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.