Orlando City 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

As the Fire inch closer to mathematical elimination from playoff contention it's obvious that something just isn't right with this club. Their second loss at home this season to expansion Orlando City SC was a case study in the type of loss that has come to be standard operating procedure at Toyota Park. A large crowd of 20,280 saw the Fire muddle through much of the match while waiting for the eventual shoe to drop late in the game.

Another late goal courtesy of the usual inopportune breakdown in defense should serve as a slap of reality for anyone holding out playoff hopes at this point in the season. "I thought we played well enough to get something out of the match; if not win, at least a tie. Just frustrating," said Frank Yallop after the match. "What we're getting is very frustrating right now. You can say whatever you want about it. We seem to find every sort of opportunity to give goals up, and tonight, we obviously couldn't get a great chance on goal to score."

The Fire are now nine points behind Montreal for the sixth and final playoff spot. The Impact have also played two less games. Even if the Fire do manage to break their 21 game road winless streak on Wednesday night in Montreal these last five matches are auditions for 2016.

The math may tell them it's over but anyone with non-biased vision has known that for some time now.

Changes are definitely on the way and they may come sooner rather than later.

Player ratings

GK Jon Busch (5) - Stepped in for Sean Johnson, who missed the match due to shoulder pain. Recorded 4 saves but Orlando wasn't really dangerous for most of the night. May have been fortunate that Rivas' shot hit the crossbar in the 18th minute with a clear look.

D Daneil Cyrus (5) - He was better than he was in New York but he's clearly not a right back. Tried to cover space in the middle on the goal but didn't arrive or react in time.

D Jeff Larentowicz (5) - Orlando attackers didn't have much in terms of clear chances.

D Ty Harden (4) - Stepped up too late and too far to stop Rochez from scoring the game winner. Offered little resistance on the play. Also beaten to a ball in the 75th but Rochez's header was saved by Busch.

D Joevin Jones (4.5) - Lost track of Shea on the play that led to the goal. Had some positive play but not nearly as effective as he was earlier this season, again.

M Patrick Nyarko (5) - One shot on target after a header was bounced at Hall in the 7th minute after a cross from Jones. Had a few other decent plays in combination but not enough to produce a score.

M Razvan Cocis (5) - Better in the second half than he was in the first. Attempted 4 shots with one on target. The Fire completed 85% of their passes, which isn't bad but they didn't do much with it.

M Michael Stephens (5) - Provided decent service for a chance in the 34th.

M Harry Shipp (5.5) - Had one of the better chances in the 38th when he gathered a cleared ball and forced Hall into a big save that resulted in a corner kick. Service from the corner was somewhat better in this game.

F David Accam (5.5) - Took four shots but only one was on target. Orlando City was more prepared for him in this match, throwing multiple defenders at him whenever he touched the ball. He talked about the frustration surrounding the team in post game comments.

F Kennedy Igboananike (5) - Had some of the better chances but also squandered a few. Decent but just not enough in the final third.

F Gilberto (5) - Replaced Shipp in the 71st. Other than a couple of ill-advised long attempts, didn't factor into much.

F Mike Magee (5) - Subbed in for Nyarko in the 85th.

M Jason Johnson (5) - Came in for Stephens in the 85th. Neither late sub had much impact.

Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • That formation last night was ultra defensive. Why would we need to play with 2 holding midfielders in a game that we have to go out and win. Stephens and Cocis were dropping so deep to get the ball that they were next to Harden and Red, leaving the middle of the field completely empty. Shipp was way out on the left, Nyarko on the right and Accam and Iggy by their center backs. 50 yards of open space in the middle with no creativity anywhere. A flat 4-4-2 is such a terrible formation. It offers the team no numerical advantage anywhere on the field. When you have mediocre/not good players, you need to have an advantage somewhere. Yallop apparently doesnt understand that.

    Yallop keeps setting records as our manager though. 16 losses in a season. 18 ties. 21 games winless on the road. He has more losses this season (16) than wins in two seasons (13). 63 points from 63 games. A 13W - 24D - 26L record. Evan Whitfield said that he would like to see Yallop get his third year. He shouldnt have had THIS year. We were miserable last season under Yallop and I miss being that bad because of this season.

    I will renew my season ticket the moment that I hear he has been fired.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Better send in that renewal!!!

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    hope you have your credit card ready! :)

  • Building on Evan's Yallop comments, he stated that he was okay with FY because of the things he did early in his MLS coaching career. If he could have said something more substantial, his opinion on that would have held more weight with me. As it stands, I feel FY is capable of seeing talent and being able to put together a good team on paper. The motivation element seems to be missing, like it just misses some punch. Other than the downturn of 2012 that came at the wrong time (or shouldn't have happened, depending how hard your feeling,) just focusing on Klopas' teams, since that's all I have to measure against first-hand, didn't just fold up and terminally die.

    I realize that circumstances have played out differently in both instances, and as it is though, this side has just plain died. I feel like they shouldn't even bother playing the remaining five games. On 10/3 they should just host a party for Rozov at TP, set up some big party tents in the parking lot, and host some rec games in the practice field. At least people won't leave feeling like they wasted their time.

    I feel like we have finally hit rock bottom. Morale couldn't get any lower. Now the question is, how long will it take for the client to clean himself up and recover?

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    And of course I posted that right before the news broke on Yallop's departure.

  • I'm sure Guillermo will have something up soon, but here's my piece on the news over at Last Word On Sports:

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/09/20/changes-underway-for-the-chicago-fire/

    We're also recording a show tonight and taking questions. If you're the Twittering type, post them up there and use #AskFCL.

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