The 4-3 loss to the start the season at home was a let down but after an encouraging second half against Vancouver on Wednesday night, this 2-0 defeat may have been the most disappointing effort and result of the season so far. There was an improvement in terms of possession numbers (51-49 to NE) but that meant little because the Fire still couldn't muster one single, solitary shot on goal. In 16 attempts, the Revolution placed 7 on frame. Chicago had a paltry 4 shots on goal, none of which bothered New England 'keeper Bobby Shuttleworth for a save.
In fact, the Fire's best chance came in the second half stoppage time when Andrew Farrell deflected David Accam's free kick attempt toward Shuttleworth. Not even the return of Accam was enough to generate much of anything offensively.
With one quarter of the season in the books, the Fire stand at 1-4-4 and are bordering on the edge of another wasted season. Not many expected this team to compete immediately with an unspoken "rebuilding" process underway but the signs in this match weren't positive.
The look of this squad is all too familiar. The names and the numbers have changed but the results aren't any different at this point.
The Fire added on to the record for consecutive winless games on the road. That remarkable number is at 29 and it won't get any easier against a desperate New York Red Bulls team on Wednesday night.
GK Matt Lampson (4.5) - Credited with four saves and two were of some quality. Clearing the ball from Kamara in the 31st and the save on Agudelo in the 68th were the highlights. The Revolution's second goal could be attributed to Lampson for unnecessarily charging out to challenge Agudelo when a defender was already in place, leaving the entire goal wide open for an easy conversion.
D Johan Kappelhof (5) - Usually solid but his last two matches haven't been quite as good as his first seven. Switched sides in the 3-5-2 alignment in the first half to help compensate for the horror that is Joao Meira's defending.
D Jonathan Campbell (5.5) - Seemed to be tasked with marking Kamara in his New England debut and did a creditable job although Kamara wasn't totally silent like he was in his match against the Fire while with Columbus this year. Eight interceptions.
D Joao Meira (3) - Giveaways and lackadaisical defending throughout the night put the backline and his teammates scrambling to recover. Caught napping on the Revs first goal when he failed to realize Nguyen was heading toward the net with a free look. An awful turnover in the 31st led directly to Kamara's best chance of the game.
M Michael Harrington (4.5) - Not much significant support going forward from the right side. 27 of 38 passing.
M Matt Polster (4.5) - Nowhere near as effective as he was on Wednesday night in Vancouver. Statistically passing was good at 44/50 but there was no real spark out of midfield. None of those 44 passes was made into the penalty area.
M Khaly Thiam (5) - 17 of 22 passing and one those was an outlet that started an attack. Difficult to judge what his contribution will be from his debut match.
M Brandon Vincent (5) - Overall passing could have been better at 24/36. Served a decent ball in trying to find Gilberto in the 29th. Started a combination forward that led to a chance in the 45th. Cleared Kamara's header attempt off the goal line in the 53rd.
M Arturo Alvarez (4.5) - Two long distant shot attempts were off target but at least he took a shot. 16 of 23 in passing over 77 minutes in the "playmaker" role. Twenty-three passes....in the playmaker role.
F Gilberto (4) - Eight touches in 45 minutes.
F Kennedy Igboananike (5) - A pass in the 45th nearly missed setting Gilberto up for a chance. Nguyen went by him unchallenged to receive the pass for his goal.
M David Accam (5) - Replaced Gilberto after the half as the Fire shifted to a 4-2-3-1. Wasn't really effective as he works back into fitness. Did draw Koffie into what could have been a second yellow. Shot attempt in the 75th was well wide from distance. Followed the game with this gem of a retweet.
M Razvan Cocis (5) - Subbed in for Thiam in the 64th. 11 of 13 passing but the Fire had little production in the final third again.
F Joey Calistri (5) - Came in for Alvarez in the 77th. Attempted more passes in 13 minutes than Gilberto did in 45.