New England didn't look like a team fighting for their playoff lives and the Fire made them pay for the lackluster effort. The Revolution needed a win to catch the Philadelphia Union for the sixth spot in the East and the loss essentially knocks them out of the postseason race.
That's little consolation for the Fire but the team did deliver in their goal to at least win the last home game of the season for their beleaguered supporters. They had plenty of chances to put the game away in the first half before a sloppy late goal characteristically squandered much of what had been achieved up to that point.
A bizarre second half in which both teams were shown straight red cards could have taken a bad turn when Juan Agudelo hit the crossbar and Darius Barnes' follow up was stopped by Sean Johnson in the 62nd. The Fire bounced back this time however and finally beat the New England defense a second time when David Accam got behind them in the 80th minute.
Chicago held on to ensure that this season wasn't as historically bad as last year's 30 point all-time club low. The Fire are now at 31 points on the year with one game remaining next weekend in Toronto.
GK Sean Johnson (5) - The man that Michael de Leeuw called the "only big leader" on the team collected three saves in what could have been his last game with the Fire at Toyota Park. The lone New England goal was deflected off of Campbell after a miscommunication between Johnson and Polster resulted in an unforced turnover.
D Brandon Vincent (6) - Only completed 57% of his pass attempts but one did connect on was the cross in to de Leeuw in 9th minute that resulted in the Fire's first goal.
D Jonathan Campbell (6) - Did well to limit Kamara and Agudelo when they ventured in to the area. New England tried to chip over the top on several occasions in the first half to no avail. Six clearances led all defenders. A great ball over the top of the defense found Accam for the game winner in the 80th minute.
D Joao Meira (5.5) - Along with Campbell, there may have been some shaky moments but overall did well to limit New England's attackers to only four shots on target.
D Johan Kappelhof (5.5) - Like Vincent, his passing at 60% isn't anything to write home about but did help limit a talented New England attack. Should the Fire find a right back this offseason he'll be more comfortable in the middle.
M Matt Polster (6) - Didn't appeared to be prepared for Johnson's pass in the 9th minute, which led to a goal but he played an otherwise solid field game. The Fire did well to contain Nguyen for the most part. Completed 89% of his pass attempts with a couple of long impressive switches.
M Khaly Thiam (5.5) - Like Polster, completed 89% of his passes but was slow to close down space on the Fagundez goal when the ball was initially cleared away.
M Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - Provided two very good balls early for potential chances. Less effective as the game progressed. Completed 65% of his passes.
M David Accam (6) - Scored the game winner. Another shot in the 18th forced Knighton into a difficult save. Drew a red card from the New England 'keeper in the 73rd. Somehow missed an open net score from 2 yards out in the in the 90th minute.
F Michael de Leeuw (6) - Another quality finish in the 9th minute with a side footed one time shot that gave the Fire the lead. Very dangerous in the first half as New England failed to mark him on several occasions.
F Luis Solignac (4) - A silly trip attempt in the 54th led to a red card ejection and put the game in jeopardy.
M Razvan Cocis (5.5) - Replaced Alvarez in the 67th. Provided the pass that gave Accam the open look in the dying minutes.
F David Arshakyan (4.5) - Came on for de Leeuw in the 86th. A giveaway during a counter chance in the 93rd was his most activity.
M John Goossens (5) - Subbed on for Accam in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time.