A contest that featured open, albeit sometimes sloppy play from both sides, overcame a dull first twenty minutes to provide supporters some entertainment and a glimmer of hope for the last ten games of the season. The Fire faced a less than first-choice Los Angeles lineup but continued to show some of the improvement in play that was evident in the road win at Montreal. Overall possession numbers improved and the Fire actually held a lead in that statistic at the end of the match with a 51-49 advantage. Team passing was also better than it had been this season with a respectable 79% success rate.
The Fire took the lead in the second half and threatened to score more but couldn't put the Galaxy away before Gio Dos Santos came off the bench to tie it. It may not have been a great game but there were flashes of a competent and competitive side that weren't exactly evident throughout the first part of the season. Both teams thought that they should have won this one and the result was probably fair although the Fire did blow one incredible chance to take a 3-1 lead.
If you're realistic and objective, you recognize that this team isn't going to the playoffs this year but the last ten games of the season may prove to be entertaining and at least provide some hope that fortunes will begin to reverse themselves in 2017. The last few games have provided a glimmer of that.
GK Sean Johnson (5.5) - The Galaxy only had 5 shots on target and Johnson was credited with one save although there isn't much blame to place on him for the two LA goals. The one save was a pretty good one in the 21st minute to deny Mike Magee.
D Johan Kappelhof (6) - Better in the passing game than he was in the last match from the right side but crossing was questionable at times.
D Jonathan Campbell (6) - Decent job in limiting Zardes and LA attackers to clear looks. Led all players with 10 total clearances. Dos Santos got to the spot before he could for the equalizer but it was a well placed ball. His ball into the box in the 34th nearly found de Leeuw and led to Alvarez's eventual goal.
D Joao Meira (5.5) - Not terrible from Meira but Gordon did beat him to the ball allowing him to set up Dos Santos for the game-tying goal.
D Brandon Vincent (6) - Decent play mostly against Lleget on the left side.
M Matt Polster (6) - Followed up Saturday's game with another good match. The Fire continued to show some evolution in midfield and in connection with attackers. Polster contributed with several good sequences that once again provided a 2015 flash back. A great ball over the top find Accam in the 53rd ended up with Solignac's startling miss. Completed 83% of his passes.
M Khaly Thiam (5.5) - Completed 81% of his passes. Somehow got lost on Jelle Van Damme's box to box run in the 31st that resulted in the LA goal. Polster appears to lose Zardes on the loose ball but there wasn't much help in the box in front of the back four on that play as Thiam deflected the ball back to Zardes.
M Arturo Alvarez (6) - Started slowly, had a good stretch from about the 25th minute to 60th before trailing off again. Took his chance very well in the 34th to tie the game.
M Michael de Leeuw (6) - Got enough on the ball to bother Diop into a scramble and the result was an open look for Alvarez and the Fire's first score. He doesn't get a ton of chances for himself but his movement and quality on and off the ball are evident. Completed 86% of his passes.
M David Accam (6) - Dangerous as always. Converted the spot kick in the 39th to give the Fire a 2-1 lead. Three of his seven shot attempts were on frame. Hit the post with one of those in the attempts in the 36th. Set up Solignac for the open look in the 53rd but should he have taken that shot himself?
F Luis Solignac (5.5) - He's added a missing dimension up top and seems to work well with de Leeuw and Accam. Drew a penalty kick against Van Damme in the 38th but that missed open net shot in the 53rd loom large. He seemed to wait to long after trying to get the ball on his right foot instead of one-timing with his left.
M John Goossens (5.5) - Came on in the 73rd for Alvarez. His best moment came in the 78th when his pass from the right side found Accam for a good chance.
M Michael Stephens (5) - Completed 15 of his 17 passes after coming into the game for Thiam in the 81st. Slight hesitation in cross attempt in the 90th minute resulted in a block.
M Joey Calistri (5) - Replaced Solignac in the 86th.
David Arshakyan has received his visa and is in town. He will be evaluated on Thursday morning and could be available for the DC game on Saturday.