As they have done all season, the Fire didn't take long to nullify any positive vibes. Following Saturday night's hope filled victory over Seattle with an equally negative loss at home to Eastern Conference rivals leaves the team with an embarrassing league worst tenth loss of the season. To twist the knife even further, Columbus was able to earn their first road victory of the season (1-5-4).
The first twenty minutes of the match were exceptionally bad, even by 2015 Fire standards. Columbus held a 71-29 possession advantage during that period and easily could have taken a multiple goal lead if not for the efforts of Sean Johnson in goal. Kei Kamara's 41st minute goal was enough to seal the victory.
The Fire managed to mount more of a challenge in the second half after Patrick Nyarko, Jason Johnson, and David Accam were inserted but it wasn't enough to draw even. Despite improved possession and better movement they still only managed one shot on target in the last forty-five minutes.
Frank Yallop is aware of the discontent in the stands and understands what supporters are feeling. "I'm frustrated as hell as well. Pisses me off when we don't play well. Pisses me off when we don't have the right players on the field too," he said after the match. "You get judged on what you play like, it's not always the true picture but you can't say anything, it's excuses."
The rematch on Sunday essentially becomes a must-win game and the same can be said about every home game from here on out. It's possible that every single match falls into that category, especially for Yallop.
GK Sean Johnson (7) - His best game of the season was dampened by the team's overall play but 6 saves kept the game from becoming a total embarrassment. Most of the saves were high quality stops.
D Lovel Palmer (4.5) - A few decent crosses to start the second half led to half chances. Beaten to the spot on Kamara's header for the goal.
D Matt Polster (4.5) - Completely schooled by Kamara in the first twenty minutes more than once but rebounded well to play much better in the second
D Eric Gehrig (4.5) - The back line was in shambles for most of the first half.
D Patrick Doody (4.5) - Also played better in the second half but was lost for much of the first. Couldn't get back in time after making a run forward which led to Kamara's goal.
M Chris Ritter (4) - Sloppy tackling, careless passing, unable to play with the ball at his feet, and another yellow card.
M Razvan Cocis (4) - Has been professional over the last few matches but greatly invisible today as the Fire's central midfield was deemed nearly invisible through the first 30 minutes or so. The final possession numbers were closer than it appeared. Columbus led that stat 56-44.
M Harry Shipp (4.5) - Passing and corner kicks just seemed off all night.
M Michael Stephens (4.5) - One or two decent sequences in the first half were about it. There wasn't much positive from the starting unit.
F Mike Magee (4.5) - Everything seemed a step off until the substitutions were made.
F Kennedy Igboananike (4) - Had a good look on a header go wide in the 49th. For a second consecutive game the Fire's DP forward was subbed out with the team being held scoreless.
M Patrick Nyarko (5) - Entered the match for Stephens in the 58th. Managed to inject some energy into the match but that ultimately resulted in little.
F Jason Johnson (5) - Like Nyarko, subbed in for Igboananike in the 58th and was provided more positive play. A header in the 90th minute was wide of the mark.
M David Accam (5) - Replaced Ritter in the 72nd moving Shipp to the middle. Caused some concern for Columbus with the Fire's only shot on target in the second half. Clark saved his 81st minute attempt however.