There were reasons for optimism in this one. The Fire held possession in the first half (53-47), created scoring chances, came from behind, and generally played an entertaining match for a good portion of it. There was also a repeat of the recurring themes of failure that have been maddeningly prevalent for some time now regardless of who the coach or the players are.
A retreat late in the second half from what led to success resulted in the visiting team holding the overall possession in the match (53-47), only three shots were on target in 17 attempts, and sloppy defending led to clean looks and the inevitable late game equalizer.
This year's team has shown a small amount of incremental success and that has been evident in the pair of 3-0 wins that have been the highlights so far. The measure of success for the remaining six games of the year probably shouldn't be placed solely on results but how individuals can prove that they should be a part of the 2017 version of the Fire.
There are some pieces in place and a more attractive style of play beginning to become evident, but for now the story on the scoreboard remains the same.
GK Sean Johnson (5.5) - There were not glaring errors like last week's gaffe which led to TFC's second goal but perhaps he could have challenged more aggressively on the first DC goal. The Fire decided to play all defenders on the line to stop an indirect free kick and that left Rob Vincent completely unmarked to pick out the top of the net. Johnson did well to keep the ball out of his own net to set up the indirect free kick in the first place and made two good stops in the second half to temporarily keep the Fire ahead.
D Johan Kappelhof (5.5) - Did well to contain Nyarko, who torched the Fire in the previous match-up between these two teams but his questionable back-pass led almost ended up in the net and led to the ill-fated indirect free kick.
D Jonathan Campbell (5) - Led all players in blocks with 3. Caught in the scramble for DC's second goal.
D Joao Meira (5) - Led all players in clearances with 10 total but was also caught watching the ball ping around in the Fire's penalty area before the DC equalizer.
D Michael Harrington (5) - Started the play that led to the Fire's second goal with a good ball forward but clearly missed his mark on numerous occasions leading to chances.
M Razvan Cocis (6) - Active on both ends but the Fire midfield wasn't quite as good in the second half as it was in the second. Completed 29 of 37 passes. Scored the Fire's first goal on a header from a free kick in the 21st.
M Matt Polster (5.5) - Led all players with 42 passes completed (42 of 56). Had a good look on a header go high in the 78th.
M Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - Very active in the first half and not so much in the second. His free kick attempt was knocked in by Cocis for the first Fire goal.
M Luis Solignac (5) - Started in the underneath role but wasn't as influential as he has been previously. Decent in combination but did not manage one shot attempt.
M David Accam (5.5) - Scored the Fire's second goal on an impressive run through midfield and a shot from outside of the box. That was his only attempt on frame in seven attempts. Did find Arshakyan for a few tries in the second half.
F David Arshakyan (5) - In his first start for the Fire the big man one shot on target in four tries. Clearly still working his way in.
M Khaly Thiam (5) - Subbed in for Arshakyan in the 70th minute. One shot attempt was blocked just outside of the 18 resulting in a handball and free kick for the Fire.
D Brandon Vincent (5) - Replaced Harrington in the 76th. Completed one pass in four tries.
M Joey Calistri (5) - Came on for Alvarez in the 87th but it was too late to provide much difference. DC scored in the the 92nd.
- Patrick Doody started and played 90 minutes in Saint Louis FC's 5-1 loss this weekend. Collin Fernandez played 27 minutes as a sub. Saint Louis FC has failed to qualify for the USL playoffs and has one game remaining in their season.
- The Fire's draw combined with Columbus' win in Orlando City, and Houston's win at RSL has placed Chicago back at the bottom of the MLS standings.