The final result of this match doesn't matter as much as what the Fire were able, or not able to accomplish in yet another rebuilding season that fell flat and well short of expectations. Finishing one point ahead of 2015's all-time club low for points in a season can hardly be considered anything less than a flop of a first step toward putting the club back on a path to respectability.
There are some pieces in place that can be utilized as part of a successful squad, and they played a role in keeping the Fire competitive in this match but you'd be kidding yourself to believe that at least two high-level impact players and several more key contributors at every position aren't needed.
The numbers don't lie. There wasn't much of a difference in results or improvement on last year as the Fire became the first team in league history to finish at the bottom of the overall table for two consecutive seasons.
2015 record: 8W 20L 6D 43GF 58GA
2016 record: 7W 17L 10D 42GF 58GA
GK Patrick McLain (5) - The presumed back-up 'keeper at the start of preseason made his Fire debut in the last match of the year. Collected three saves and even put a ball into the opposing keeper in an attempt to find the tying goal in second half stoppage time.
D Brandon Vincent (5) - Better in the passing game with Toronto not putting a lot of pressure on Chicago's outside backs. His cross was cleared away in the 83rd leading to Goossens' goal. A bit of ball watching on the second TFC goal.
D Jonathan Campbell (5) - Had a few good moments early in attempting to slow down Giovinco and Altidore wasn't much of a factor. Morrow got behind him for the second TFC goal. Started the sequence that led to the second Fire goal.
D Joao Meira (5) - The penalty call was a bit weak but he did make contact on Giovinco after coming up to challenge in the box.
D Rodrigo Ramos (5) - More involved in the first half than he was in the second but a decent showing in what might be his last game with the club. At least two crosses were decently served but either just missed teammates or found no one making the run.
M Matt Polster (6) - Started the combination leading to the Fire's first goal with a steal near midfield. It's no coincidence that TFC did their most damage after Polster left the game with an apparent left knee injury in the 38th minute. Completed 16 of his 18 pass attempts while he was in there.
M Khaly Thiam (5) - The Fire's top passer with 44/57 but not many of those led to an offensive challenge. One shot attempt was well wide of the mark.
M David Accam (5) - Best chance came in the 73rd when his sliding shot attempt was saved by Irwin.
M Michael de Leeuw (6) - Scored from a tough angle in the 18th to give the Fire a surprise lead. He'll finish chances when given the opportunity.
M Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - Assisted on de Leeuw's goal as he continued to rack up numbers in the last few months of the season earning a possible second season with the club. Otherwise, completed 18 of 28 pass attempts.
F David Arshakyan (4.5) - Just hasn't shown much since joining the team and this match was no different. Non-factor.
M John Goossens (5.5) - Scored the second goal in the 83rd minute to keep the score respectable and provided some decent service on occasion after replacing Polster in the 38th.
M Razvan Cocis (5) - Came on for Arshakyan in the 70th minute. Couldn't get to Vincent's cross in the 83rd but his presence pressured Zavaleta a bit.
M Joey Calistri (5.5) - Subbed in for Alvarez in the 81st. Involved in the combination leading to the Fire's second goal.