Red Bulls 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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.

Player ratings

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.

Filed under: 2016 Regular Season

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  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Joeven Jones is making $70k, is that correct? Why he was let go is mind boggling.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Trading Jones landed them Campbell. I don't have a big issue with that trade.
    Jones has drawn the ire of Sigi Schmid on occasion in Seattle. He's been up and down all year.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Currently Jones is miles better than Vincent. There are plenty of scenarios where they ended up with Campbell and allocation $ and keep Jones and no Vincent. Jones is a highly versatile player with over 50 appearances for a very good national team at the young age of 24. He can defend, he can attack, and he is good with set pieces. It was without a doubt the dumbest move this regime has made.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    He's a nice player who can add some spark offensively. He's not a good defender. He's particularly attractive because he's young and inexpensive.
    He also simply wasn't very good in the second half last season.

    Trading Shipp with no replacement was far more nonsensical. Trading Nyarko without at least talking to him and trying to convince him to stay was also more questionable.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Not gonna argue that the other two moves were in anyway not dumb as f*** (we have Labrocca for the same salary as Shipp), but I just think Jones has raw talent that you dont often see. Agree to disagree that he cant defend...I have seen him make some amazing defensive plays (but also defensive errors). He is adjusting to a new team that as a whole is also slumping (as was Chicago in the second half of last season) so current performance isn't a very good gauge. However, when you watch him play for T&T, you can quickly see his value.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Do you really think Nyarko would have stayed had they tried to convince him otherwise? I mean if I'm him, I'm looking around and going, "I've done this song and dance for 3 coaches, I'm getting the hell out of dodge" too.

    I doubt there is much that they could have done to convince him to stay.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Dumber than trading Shipp?

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Trading Shipp was far worse than Jones. Jones was a good player but his strength was his speed and offensive play. They made a move to strengthen the Defense. Still a bad move but it could be rationalized even if it hasn't worked out yet. I personally thought they should've kept him and with Accam missing most of the season so far, Jones would've been a good player to step in.
    Not only was Shipp the best player for the central midfield, he was young and had a lot of potential. Even if you do move him, they gave him away for pennies on the dollar. This was the dumbest move by far. Giving up Nyarko without a fight, no attempt to keep Magee, benching Johnson, N.Rod and Pauno only make stupid moves.

  • USOC 4th round draw took place today.

    Fire will either travel to Louisville City or host Indy Eleven on June 15.

  • It was good to see SJ back in goal. The rest... well not much to say that wasn't said above... still a lack of midfield.

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    Gilberto is the highest paid but on season's evidence , especially last night, something is badly wrong here

  • Hauptman Out.

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    At least I don't have to stress out about them not winning like in the old days. I can just watch the good teams on mlslive. Even watching the condensed Fire games on mlslive is difficult. The turnover has been so great over the years that it's hard to get invested anymore. So many of our former players are succeeding elsewhere--over the last few years we've taken MLS role players and made them starters. Getting young imports like we've done this year (and last) is intriguing but something is lacking--other teams are just better.

    Absent big $$, one obvious path to success in MLS seems to be having an Argentine (or Central/South. American) playmaker, as they seem to be in good supply, but what do I know. It seemed to work with Grazzini for a while. I knew from the first day that hiring Yallop would produce wasted years and we are still recovering.

  • Pauno has done very little to this club. His moves are all questionable. The team is worse than last year. We don't do anything right on the field. We literally can't make one mistake or we will lose. We don't have a player capable of scoring ten goals on this team. We depend on a player who will probably play 15 games this season because he is so fragile. We don't know how to defend and we can't score. These first ten games have been miserable. Half of these players will be in the USL next season. We are so clearly the worst team in this league. You couldn't even make an argument that we are better than any other team.

    We now have 5 DP contracts on our roster. So much for trying to be optimistic.

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