Fire 2 Revolution 1 - recap and ratings

Veljko Paunovic and David Accam post game


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.

Player ratings

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.

Matt Polster post game


Michael de Leeuw post game

Filed under: 2016 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • I don't wanna see Sean go!!!

  • But if we get Macmath then maybe

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    You know Sean Johnson has became a mainstay and a fan favorite. Every time he makes a huge save the harlem End starts chanting his name.

  • In reply to ChicagoFireBlogger:

    I know but his hometown his Atlanta so he probably wants to go there

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Yea your right. Well have to see how this plays out.

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    no thanks

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    In reply to Carl Miller:

    *to macmath

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    In reply to Carl Miller:

    Macmath played very well this year

  • In reply to JD Whiting:

    What team did he play for this year?

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    "Should the Fire find a right back this offseason he'll be more comfortable in the middle."

    If only there was a talented young RB... I dont know maybe from south america that they could sign for a good price.......

  • 1. I was not impressed with David Arshakyan. I've seen him play a few times on TV, but this was my closest look at him. I think his second touch was in our half, a ball toward him near the half line, and instead of trapping it or heading it upfield, he heads it down, right into the path of an onrushing Revs player, leading to a scoring opportunity which thankfully came to naught. That's a really basic mistake which should never happen at this level, especially when he wasn't under much pressure.

    2. Johan Kappelhof is a class act. After the match finished he went over and shook hands with the fans and signed things. On Fan Appreciation Night it was disappointing to see only one player actively thanking the fans. No one else left the field that I saw.

    3. I really hope we don't see an overhaul again this year. We're finishing with a roster of 27 (is the max still 30 or did they reduce it to 28?), so we have room to add and room to delete. I think we have a pretty good foundation. But we all know that there are positions that need upgrading and jettisoning.

    4. Somehow we need to change the juju in the place because we haven't been anything since we moved to Bridgeview. What one trophy the year we moved there and all downhill since?

    5. We really need to have a reserve team. Year after year goes by and at the beginning of the year we see our kids getting blooded, but then we get desperate for wins and they never make it back onto the field. I don't care if we house them at the FirePitch or reconstitute the Milwaukee Wave, but we need to have a Fire-controlled reserve team.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    We have to move the capo stand from the harlem end back to the middle of 117 and 118. We need to start a protest for that.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Yea last year no one came over to sign. I got no autographs.

  • Speaking of the need for a reserve team......

    Top Drawer Soccer lists Fire prospects Cam Lindley and Mauricio Pineda at #1 and #3 top freshmen in college soccer.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    GR, pardon the ignorance, but what does it mean in a practical sense for these guys to be "Fire Prospects." Do Fire have rights to them outside of the draft process?

  • In reply to Shinny:


    I believe both of these players came up through the fire academy, which means that Chicago can sign them as homegrown players and avoid them needing to go to the draft.

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    In reply to edubs:

    My question is do the players have to sign with Chicago if they want to play in the MLS. I can't imagine Mauricio nor his family would be too eager to sign with the Fire after watching what happened to his brother.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    I think with homegrowns fire get right of first refusal. I'd have to look up the homegrown players rule to be sure though

  • In reply to edubs:

    That pretty much sums it up.

  • This was an enjoyable game to attend and watch. The Fire played well, limited mistakes, and did not crumble for the short period they were down a man. In fact, it was not even noticeable for the most part. I think they have a core group that should be allowed to play together for awhile. The only one who for sure needs to go is Hauptman. It would be great to have a CAM or world class striker who can control the game, but the entire team does not need to be recycled as it has been for the last 4-5 years. NR, practice what you preach and keep this core together.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I think Bedoya would've been a great fit. Hispanic and its an Hispanic community. Plus we really need a game changing Center Mid. Not that Haumpton will pay for one...

  • In reply to Krasov:

    not that I want to see Razvan go, but I think probably a natural position to bring a strong replacement would be for him. He is getting up there in age, and bringing in a strong, younger player in the position to replace him would be great. Or a really strong DP where Polster can learn from would also work well. I'ld also like to see a strong center forward. I still like Solignac, but as I see him play more and more, I don't think its going to be him. I'd like to see us bring in someone who we can expect 15+ goals from.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Solignac is a journeyman for a reason. Look at how many clubs he's played at. Every 3-4 games he shows flashes of brilliance, but then he disappears for huge stretches in most other games. He bagged 3 goals and 4 assists over two seasons in 16 starts for Colorado.

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    Does anyone know if all the black flags being waved in Sector Latino was some sort of protest? Also the 10 foot wooden spoon was the funniest thing I have seen on awhile. Boy section 8 cannot even create a tifo anymore, sad.

  • In reply to Keith Woller:

    What's a tifo again?

  • In reply to Keith Woller:

    As someone who takes great enjoyment in making tifo, I can say that the inspiration that fuels it has been sorely lacking (perhaps with the exception of protest tifo.) We did get that bump with all the enthusiasm that was generated in the pre-season, but we saw where that led. What's the point in trying to inspire a team that can't inspire you (in this case, after three miserable years of performance, you just sorta get tired of banging your head against a wall.)

    Team performance affects enthusism, which in turn affects attendance, and participation in the form of making tifo. From my own perspective, give me a reason to be excited.

    As for Sector Latino, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a protest of sorts. You could probably find out something on their FB page or twitter feed.

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  • If you look at the sideline replay angle, that open net opportunity for Accam was actually deflected by Shuttleworth a few feet away from Accam. He had no chance to adjust to the the trajectory. Not a Chad Barrett sitter, in other words.

    Why didn't Cocis pass it to Arshakyan who was open at the penalty spot?

  • Any body else notice right before first close free kick by New England(I think it was around the 12th minute) that while the Fire were getting situated that Alverez and Accam were arguing with each other? It seemed that Alverez was asking him to get near the wall and help with defense. Accam's body language seemed to be telling Alverez to f' off and that he was going to go up to the mid line. It went on for a good 30 seconds or so before Accam finally went by the wall.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Accam is always super reluctant to play D on set pieces. I remember Sean screaming at him for basically the same thing during a couple of games early in the season.

  • In reply to Shinny:

    Well he shouldn't. He should stay up top and he sucks at defense.

  • In reply to ChicagoFireBlogger:

    As a winger he has to play defense otherwise his side will always be over loaded. If he doesn't want to play as a winger he should just ask to be the striker. His attitude this year has been awful in my opinion.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I wasn't close enough to see what was going on. It just looked like classic Fire confusion from my view, but thinking back on it now, I can see how your description fits. I like Alvarez. I wish he was with us 5 years ago.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Alvarez is a but inconsistent. He has his game snas then he doesn't.

  • I'm curious. How was it that Dan Kelly was doing the national broadcast of Mon-Tor with Taylor Twellman?

  • In reply to Doug:

    I think Taylor's partner was sick or something. Taylor is just a fantastic reporter. He always makes game much more interesting especially USA games. I was upset that he didn't do the copa as I would've loved to hear his opinions on some of the things that happened.

  • In reply to Doug:

    Dan Kelly was supposed to get a shot with ESPN by calling a Fire game a few weeks back. ESPN pulled the telecast (Fire bad) and the game ended up on Univision. He got another opportunity for a national tv game in this one.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    How did he do? Did having Taylor Twellman next to him giving the hairy eyeball every time he said something stupid improve his performance? I really cannot stand his style. Maybe some folks enjoy his fake excitement, but it is annoying to me. It would be great if St. Louis gets an MLS expansion team, hires DK, and the Fire get to bring in someone who actually understands the game.

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