Even before they took a 2-0 lead, this game represented the Fire's best chance to get something out of one of three consecutive road games. Chicago squandered an early two-goal lead and dropped two points that they are surely going to need come October. Los Angeles is a team in flux that isn't playing well and the Fire failed to put them away.
Like the Montreal home game earlier this season, the Fire missed a chance to put away a team that they needed to beat. Line-up changes at the two weakest spots in the starting eleven resulted in better open play defending but set-piece defending was exposed in two botched zonal marking sequences.
Like the Montreal game, New York last week, and this game, the Fire will rue more dropped points with a quarter of the season already gone.
GK Matt Lampson (5) - In his first start of the season in place of Jorge Bava, Lampson didn't record a save but didn't hurt himself in a case for another start. Both Los Angeles goals came as a result of sloppy zonal marking on corner kicks. There could be some discussion had about positioning and control of the box but it's difficult to fault him for either score.
D Brandon Vincent (4.5) - With Harrington out of the line-up Los Angeles had a lot of their success on the Fire's left side. A 10th minute cross that narrowly missed Nikolic was the highlight of Vincent's night. Appeared confused and left the far post unmarked in the 65th, which allowed dos Santos a wide open tap-in. Struggled to stop crosses from his side and LA moved Alessandrini there to get him more involved.
D Joao Meira (5) - The Galaxy were limited in open play chances. Meira contributed with 5 clearances, 5 interceptions, and 5 recoveries but he did lose the initial challenge for the ball on the second LA goal.
D Johan Kappelhof (5.5) - Played a big part in cutting off LA chances and limiting them to zero shots on target in open play. In the vicinity of the first LA goal, which was collectively botched in zone marking.
D Drew Conner (5.5) - Didn't provide much going forward but had a solid debut at right back in place in of Harrington. Did well in several 1v1 situations against Alessandrini in the early going.
M Dax McCarty (6) - Completed almost 90% of his passes, which was well above the team's overall 78% total. His pass in the 16th freed Accam on the run leading to the Fire's second goal. Chip pass for Solignac in the 76th set up a chance.
M Juninho (5) - Like McCarty, he completed passes at a high rate but didn't figure into as much successful play as his midfield partner. Also caught standing in place on LA's first goal. One long distance shot attempt in the 8th minute was just wide.
M Bastian Schweinsteiger (5) - His influence has waned in each of the three road games. An attempt at a through ball for Nikolic nearly generated a chance but there weren't many good looks for the Fire in the second half when LA turned momentum in their favor.
M David Accam (6) - Converted a penalty kick (twice after his first attempt was whistled off) in the 12th and set up Nikolic for the second goal with a run up the left side in the 16th. Created a chance in the 53rd with his pace but his shot was steered away by Rowe. Curiously substituted off in the 69th.
M Luis Solignac (5) - His header off the post in the 76th was the Fire's best chance of the second half. Another well struck long distance shot was nearly mishandled by Rowe in the 66th. LA's first goal came from the spot in between Juninho and Solignac ball-watching with Conner already on the near post.
F Nemanja Nikolic (6) - Created the first Fire goal when he was tripped in the box for a penalty. Scored the second on a well placed shot in the 16th. Did very well in combination with Accam while he was on the field. Pushed too far ahead in second half stoppage time, nullifying a potential game winning chance.
M Michael de Leeuw (5) - Replaced Accam in the 69th. A loose ball attempt in the 83rd was blocked and a long shot on frame was right at Rowe in the 91st.
D Jonathan Campbell (5.5) - With the Fire getting roasted on set pieces and aerials ball, Campbell was inserted into the match for Conner in the 75th. Decent stop on Zardes in the 78th.
M Arturo Alvarez (5.5) - Came into the match in the 88th for Juninho. Found Nikolic for a chance after a combination with Schweinsteiger but the forward was just offside.