David Accam returned to starting line-up, Sean Johnson was back in goal, and the Fire even registered two shots on goal but that wasn't enough to overcome one mistake in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. A 30th consecutive road match without a win continues to tack on to an already dubious MLS record and the Fire are off to their worst start after ten games in team history.
At 1-5-4, their 7 total points is one less than the Carlos de los Cobos led team was able to muster in 2011 at the same junction in the season.
The Fire completed a tough three game road trip in which opponents totaled 20 shots on goal compared to Chicago's 5. This match showed an improvement but unfortunately New York's "lone shot on target" found the back of the net. The plan to defend and counter generally worked until Mike Grella's score in the 58th minute put the home team ahead but it was rendered all but useless once Accam was replaced in the 72nd.
Michael de Leeuw will help in July but this is shaping up to be another long summer.
GK Sean Johnson (5.5) - Back in the line up for the first time this season. Didn't have any saves but he was strong in the box and his distribution was even effective. A sixty yard ball in the 48th found Accam for a quick counter chance that led to a free kick.
D Rodrigo Ramos (5) - Completed more passes than any other Fire player with 29/38. Faked out of his boots by Grella in the 38th. Started an attack with a long perfect switch to Accam in the 37th.
D Jonathan Campbell (4.5) - Decent for the most part but there was that one glaring error that led to the New York goal. An uncharacteristically ill-advised pass was intercepted in 58th and the defense didn't have time to regroup before the ball got to an open Grella. The Fire can't afford one mistake on defense.
D Johan Kappelhof (6) - New York's attackers didn't get much outside of some scrambling in the Fire's end in the opening minutes. Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sascha Klejstan, and Dax McCarty had zero shots on target in five combined attempts. Led all players with 8 clearances.
D Brandon Vincent (5) - More involved in this match but passing at 58% isn't good. Did contribute with a handful of good tackles in the first half. Tasked with corner kick duty.
M Joao Meira (5) - Moved into a holding role as the Fire looked to drop back central midfielders and then look to spring Accam or Igboananike. 23 0f 27 passing but not much of it helped going forward.
M Razvan Cocis (5) - Combined with Meira to help stop attacks on a few occasions. Also tried to take some offensive initiative with long shots in the second half. Had a shot on goal in the 19th from a corner kick header.
M Khaly Thiam (5.5) - There may be some quality there but he's still trying to figure his way into what exactly his teammates are doing. 11 of 19 passing.
M Joey Calistri (5) - Credited with the Fire's second shot on goal in the 65th. His shot from just outside of the penalty area was easily saved by Robles. Started wide and floated in centrally to help push the attack but there just isn't enough quality in the final third. Decent cross in the 25th was knocked away for a corner kick.
M David Accam (5.5) - He makes a big difference in the team when he's fit. Played in a handful of good combinations with Igboananike in the first half but they ultimately didn't lead to much more than middling chances. His blast from 35 yards after a restart in the 30th minute nearly put the Fire ahead but it hit the crossbar. Three shot attempts. Could be in line for an MLS Disco review as a result of an elbow to Lade's head in the first half.
F Kennedy Igboananike (5) - Four shot attempts but none were on frame. Combined well with Accam in the first half. Two of his shot attempts were deflected for corner kicks. A quicker trigger may have gotten one of those on goal.
M Nick LaBrocca (4.5) - Replaced Thiam in the 62nd as the Fire offense started to grind to a halt. A cross in the 68th attempted to find Cocis but was defended for a corner kick. 11 of 16 passes completed.
F Gilberto (4) - The offense really came to halt after he replaced Accam in the 72nd. Looks inexplicably lost. 3 of 9 passes completed.
M Alex Morrell (5) - Came in for Meira in the 82nd. Came within about 6 yards of getting on the receiving end of one of Gilberto's errant passes late in the game.