Time has run out on both of these clubs this season. The Columbus Crew essentially needed to win out and pray for other results to have a chance at playoff qualification. The Fire have long since been playing for nothing more than pride.
Chicago did manage to knock their rivals out of playoff contention by virtue of this 2-2 draw, but that's small consolation for the disappointment of this season. The Fire, at 6-16-10 are actually two points off the pace for equalling last season's franchise worst point total of 30. They'll also have to win their last two games in order to equal last year's eight wins.
While Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter said he would use their last two games to play some of the players who haven't gotten many minutes this season, Fire coach Veljko Paunovic bristled at the thought of playing a less than first choice eleven in Chicago's final two contests.
"We have one more game left at home, and I just said that to the guys in the locker room," said Paunovic following the match. "We just have three days left to prepare for the game on Sunday, recover and do everything to win that game."
Winning that game will ensure that the Fire don't suffer a third consecutive "worst" season in club history but there's little else to be gleaned from beating the Revolution on Sunday. Perhaps some satisfaction could come from denying a playoff berth for another rival in New England but one more win doesn't change the fact that the Fire will need several significant additions in order to avoid a fourth consecutive "worst" season in club history in 2017.
GK Sean Johnson (5.5) - A big double save sequence to deny Jahn and Casey in the 88th kept the game tied. Got a piece of the ball on the first Columbus goal....a clear 1v1 for Jahn in the 13th minute.
D Brandon Vincent (5) - Decent on both ends in this match although he was nowhere to be found on the first goal.
D Jonathan Campbell (5) - Missed a clearance try in the 80th minute which led to the second goal.
D Joao Meira (5) - Unnecessarily left Jahn open on the left side during the counter attack that led to the first Crew goal. Charged toward Meram although three other teammates were near him.
D Johan Kappelhof (5) - Led the team in tackles (6) but passing efficiency wasn't equal to the overall team's total. Completed 70% while the team total was at 79%.
M Matt Polster (5) - The Crew weren't exactly sharp in this game although possession was mostly even at 51-49 to Columbus. Decent enough passing numbers for Polster at 85%.
M Razvan Cocis (5.5) - Still fighting and playing hard and had a few near misses in attack.
M Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - Continues to add numbers to his stat total while the team continues to flounder. His pass in the 58th found de Leeuw for a goal but his giveaway in the 13th led to the Crew's first score. Very active in the second half.
M John Goossens (5) - A couple of long passes over the top of the Crew defense almost led to chances in the first half. Played 45 minutes.
M Luis Solignac (5) - Had a god chance in the 49th and dribbled himself into trouble. Header from a corner kick in the 50th was just wide. 68% passing accuracy was a team low.
M Michael de Leeuw (5.5) - Scored the go-ahead goal at the time in the 58th with a good run in the box to get on the end of Alvarez's pass.
F David Arshakyan (5) - Replaced Goossens to start the second half. Was near Parkhurst in the 53rd as the Crew defender directed the ball into his own net. Didn't do much with the ball at his feet but Berhalter credited him with changing the way his side defended in the final 45 minutes. Had a chance to find a teammate in stoppage time with Crew 'keeper Steve Clark caught about 60 yards from goal but couldn't complete a pass.
M Michael Stephens (5) - Replaced de Leeuw in the 87th. Completed both of his pass attempts.