Fire 1 Timbers 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire continued to shows some signs of improvement at home in this match. The effort didn't result in three points but the overall play was a step up over ninety minutes in comparison to the 1-0 win against Houston last week. The Fire need wins at home to stay in contention in a weak Eastern Conference however.

With only nine points earned from their first seven home games and twelve of the remaining 22 games on the road the Fire will need maximum points from most of their remaining ten at Toyota Park just to stay close to the playoff pack. The overall lack of quality in the Eastern Conference could be the only saving grace in terms of contention.

The Fire return to league play on June 18 in Colorado with a US Open Cup match preceding that on June 15. The Fire will play the winner of Wednesday's match between Indy Eleven and Louisville City FC.

The Open Cup could once again be the best chance for something of significance to be earned this season.

Player ratings

GK Sean Johnson (5.5) - Wasn't very busy on the night. Credited with one save and it came in the first minute of the match. Portland only managed five shot attempts on the night. Came out to challenge Valeri's shot after Ramos' turnover but it was perfectly placed.

D Rodrigo Ramos (5) - Involved in some positive play going forward but still gives needs to work on taking care of the ball. His failed clearance attempt in the 18th led to Portland's only real chance in the game. Valeri made him pay for the mistake.

D Johnathan Campbell (6.5) - The defensive pairing with Kappelhof continues to impress. Campbell not only helped keep the Timbers from getting clear looks but he also contributed with 90% passing accuracy and one shot attempt.

D Johan Kappelhof (6.5) - Led all players with 8 total clearances. If his former FC Groningen teammate can contribute to the offense what Kappelhof has to the defense, the Fire will have a chance at crawling toward the red line.

D Brandon Vincent (5.5) - Good defensive game but some ups and downs on the other end. 65% passing accuracy is substantially lower than the team average of 80%.

M Joao Meira (6) - The stat sheet may not be entirely correct but he was credited with completing 34 out of his 34 passing attempts, regardless this was his best match with the club. Picked up a secondary assist with an excellent pass to Igboananike in the 20th minute that led to the Fire's goal.

M Matt Polster (6.5) - Put in an impressive effort with high work rate and good link-up play in the center of the midfield. Completed 41 of 46 passes and had three shot attempts, although none were on frame. Free kick attempt in late extra time was just high.

M Razvan Cocis (6) - Very good on help defense and tracking back once again.

F Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - His shot attempt in the 7th wasn't badly taken but easily handled by Gleeson. Decent in combination.

F Kennedy Igboananike (6) - Two big saves from Gleeson, one in the 17th and another in the 65th, kept him from finding the back of the net. Had three of the Fire's seven shots on target. Assisted on Accam's goal.

F David Accam (6) - Found space in the middle of Portland's defense in the 20th minute to one-touch Igboananike's pass into the net. Dangerous in his 45 touches but not quite up to full match fitness yet.

M Khaly Thiam (5.5) - Replaced Alvarez in the 65th. Close on a couple of passes that could have led to chances.

M Joey Calistri (5) - Subbed in for Meira in the 75th. Wasn't very involved.

D Eric Gehrig (5.5) - Came on for Ramos in the 82nd. Started a chance for Igboananike in the 86th.

 

 

Notes

  • Gilberto was granted an oddly timed personal leave of absence. With the Copa break coming up and his best game of the year behind him, he's expected with the rest of the squad when they return for training on June 6.
  • Rodrigo Ramos suffered a possible concussion according to Paunovic.
  • Logan Pause and the Fire PDL team won the US Soccer National Amateur Championship on Saturday. The Fire PDL team defeated reigning champion Chattanooga FC 2-1 in double overtime for the title.

Filed under: 2016 Regular Season

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  • Ramos was doubly at fault on that goal - first for his horrible clearance, and then for lunging in on Valeri and going to ground, leaving Johnson completely exposed. I only saw highlights, though, so I don't know if what he did going forward was enough to earn him an average rating overall.

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    I can finally start to see a light for this team. The defense is better than average Polster looks good in the middle and the front side with Accam and Kennedy are something for other teams to fear. I think that given a few more games the fire just might reach a level that will be competitive.This has been a 6 year journey of mismanagement that defiess all levels of professional sports. I would still love to see the spoiled owner sell the team but the team itself is starting to look good.

  • Fun game to watch. Fire played better in the second half. My biggest concern is that there were no lagunistas stands along the west side! What gives Fire? Right there is serious evidence of organization mismanagement!

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    Glad I wasnt the only one that noticed meira's game. He is too much of a liability in central defense and until this game, looked lost in cental midfield. It was like literally watching a different player, he really had an excellent game. I think all 3 midfielders had good games and thats why Chicago as a whole played better. At 33 years old, I keep thinking Cosis should not be a starter, yet almost every game, he proves me wrong. He is slow and not great on the dribble yet some how is effective going forward and defensively. Also, was awesome to see Gehrig out there again and he really had an immediate impact. I liked him as a CB the most but I cant see him cracking that spot right now but I wouldnt mind seeing him share the RB spot with Ramos as Ramos still has plenty to learn.

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    Iggy still might not be playing at DP level but he is getting closer and I think they should still try to retain him after this year at $450k or whatever the league max for a non-DP might be. If he performs consistently at the level he is now, I will be currious to see what they do with him at the end of the season (I dont see them picking up his option).

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    I'm still rooting for Iggy. What can I say, I like the guy. He was close on getting goal number 5 Saturday. I'm sticking by him making 10+ goals. Especially if he keeps working like he does. I'ld like to see him better on the dribble, but his hold up play is strong and what a fantastic pass to Accam.

  • This 2017 preseason is starting to come together. Can't wait for the regular season to start next March.

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