On the good side, the Fire now have a new club record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. The 411 minutes since the last opponent's score in Orlando breaks the record set set by the 2009 team.
On the not so good side, the Fire still can't generate consistent offense and lost the possession battle by a wide margin again. Chicago was able to get two shots on target in ten attempts, at home. The favorable schedule to start the season with 4 of 6 at Toyota Park has yielded one win against a shorthanded Philadelphia Union side.
While it's true that the team has improved defensively since last season, it doesn't take much to realize that this team isn't on the level of the Eastern Conference's better sides. Montreal currently sits atop the East with twelve points. The Fire remain below the red line with six.
They'll remain a squad that will battle for every point but the margin of error is razor thin. The lack of punch in the final third makes it almost impossible to overcome gaffes like the one that led to the Impact's first goal.
GK Matt Lampson (4.5) - Credited with four saves but his dreadful giveaway in the 56th minute led directly to the first Montreal goal. Piatti's game winner was perfectly placed but he also had several other turnovers and at least one could have easily been converted if Dominic Oduro was a better finisher. To his credit, Lampson stood up and took responsibility for the goal during post game comments.
RB Rodrigo Ramos (5) - Only completing 67% of 27 passes isn't good enough but also failed to close down Piatti on the winning goal. Too much cushion on the play gave Montreal's best player ample time to settle and shoot. There was that acrobatic bicycle clearance in the 83rd.
CB Jonathan Campbell (5.5) - Montreal had several chances that could have been put away by Oduro. Campbell wasn't quite as good as he has been in previous games but did clear one ball just before it crossed the goal line in the 12th minute.
CB Johan Kappelhof (6) - Continues all around solid play. Drogba was wide open in the 56th minute but that's only because Lampson's giveaway didn't give defenders the opportunity to get back and mark him. A long pass over the top in the 9th set up a chance for Igboananike.
LB Michael Harrington (5) - After several turnovers in the first half, he was better in the second. Good 1v1 stop on Piatti in the 53rd.
RM Arturo Alvarez (5) - Made that pass that started Gilberto forward that eventually led to the lone Fire goal. Quiet otherwise with only 17 touches and 10 pass attempts. Played the first half.
CM Michael Stephens (5) - Good work rate but the Fire just don't get enough from the middle of the field, losing the possession battle again by a wide margin (58-42). Corner kick service from the left side wasn't very good.
CM Razvan Cocis (5) - Started back at his more natural position in central midfield. Completed only 68% of his passes, which was below the team average of 73%. Moved back into a more advanced spot to start the second half.
RM Kennedy Igboananike (6) - The overall quality in the passing game may not always be there but his golazo in the 29th gave the Fire a lead. He's been the most effective Fire attacker over the last several games.
FW John Goossens (5) - Started the match in the underneath forward spot and moved out right to start the second half. Only 18 touches and 11 pass attempts in 58 minutes isn't going to do much to spark the offense.
FW Gilberto (5) - Credited with an assist for advancing the ball the Igboananike before the goal. That was it....not one shot attempt from the Fire's lead forward. He's not receiving the ball in good areas and he's not doing much otherwise.
CM Matt Polster (6) - Replaced Alvarez to start the second half. Possession and passing was better than it was in the first half despite the break downs leading to goals. Polster created a good chance with an impressive run up the left side in the 57th. He also created another chance with a quality run up the left side again, evading defenders and finding Morrell in the 76th that was the Fire's best chance of the second half. Completed 91% of his 34 passes.
RM Alex Morrell (5.5) - Came on in the 58th replacing Goossens. Forced Bush into a difficult save in the 76th to keep the game level. Active but several bad passes hurt.
FW Nick LaBrocca (5) - Subbed in for Cocis in the 78th. The Fire's forward off the bench is Nick LaBrocca.
- After the match David Accam said that he expects to be ready for the DC United game at home on April 30.
- Fire target Michael de Leeuw scored FC Groningen's lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Feyenoord. After the match de Leeuw said that he hopes the goal earns him attention from clubs abroad.
- Future Fire midfielder Khaly Thiam played 90 minutes in MTK's 2-2 draw with Ferencvaros. MTK is 5 points clear of fourth place with three games remaining. He's not likely to be available for the Fire before May.
- A pitch invader made his way onto the field near the end of the match and stadium security appeared not to notice. The fan clad in a Galatasaray jersey worked his way over to Didier Drogba, said something to him and took a picture. He then proceeded to casually walk off the field, over the side advertisements, and up over the rails to begin working his way up an aisle. Several fans stepped in his way to keep him from making an escape before security finally came to him. Another moron worked his way over to Drogba at the end of the match without security interference.