Fire defense exposed by Seattle in 4-2 loss

Seattle jumped on the Fire early and predictably punished the backline during a 4-2 victory for the visitors at SeatGeek Stadium. Jordan Morris beat Nicolas Hasler to the endline to find Victor Rodriguez for an easy tap-in eight minutes into the match.

Seattle double their lead in the 15th minute on a beautiful pass and finish by Nicolas Lodeiro and Morris, who had slipped behind Johan Kappelhof and Hasler.

They made it 3-0 in the 49th when Lodeiro converted a penalty kick following a foul in the box committed by Marcelo against Rodriguez.

The Fire made a game of it briefly when Raheem Edwards headed in a pass from CJ Sapong in the 57th and Fabian Herbers followed up his own shot to make it 3-2 in the 84th.

Raul Ruidiaz beat David Ousted and Bastian Schweinsteiger to a ball in front of the net four minutes after Herbers' goal to seal the win for Seattle.

Fire lineup

Ousted; Hasler (Edwards 35'), Kappelhof, Marcelo, Campos (Bronico 46'); Schweinsteiger, McCarty; Frankowski, Mihailovic, Sapong; Nikolic (Herbers 71')

Subs not used: Sanchez, Lillard, Moreno, Martinez

Player ratings

Ousted - 5.5

Hasler - 3.5

Kappelhof - 4

Marcelo - 4

Campos - 4.5

Schweinsteiger - 5.5

McCarty - 5

Mihailovic - 5

Frankowski - 5.5

Sapong - 5.5

Edwards - 6

Herbers - 6

Bronico -5

Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • While Hasler may have been miserable yesterday, Campos was equally, if not worse. He was beat literally anytime a player tried. It took him 4 or 5 touches to get the ball ready for him to pass it backwards or play a long ball. I don't blame him though. He is thrown out there on an island by a manager who is so far over his head. He prepared for this match for an entire week. He knew the players he had available and the team he was playing. Within 15 minutes, he sent Edwards out to warm up. That means, the entire week's game plan was complete useless. Everything they worked on was not going to work after 15 MINUTES! Then he made the switch and literally no players knew what they were supposed to be doing. You can see Dax genuinely annoyed and frustrated by things. We were down 0-2 and we played the whole rest of the first half with 5 defenders and 2 defensive mids because BS moved back to centerback. He then spent the entire half time creating and explaining the new formation. Within 3 minutes of the second half, Seattle had 2 goal scoring opportunities and then a PK. That 3 minute stretch was the most embarrassing play I have ever seen this club play. Every move Pauno makes doesn't work. We currently depend on BS and Dax to lead our team forward in attack and be the anchors for the defense. Both players do not have the legs to do both. When we get comfortable in possession, they start to creep forward more and leave our incredibly poor back line exposed. Campos and Hasler get put out on islands and burnt time and time again. Ousted kept the game at 4 thankfully. It could have easily been 7 or 8 on Saturday if it wasn't for him. His save on Morris early was excellent after Campos got smoked and Morris beat his man to the near post. Then they scored 2 goals and he made another incredible save when Lodeiro almost chipped him inside the box. It could have been 0-4 within 20 minutes. I don't see how Gaitan helps to fix this team. We become a better team the second Pauno is no longer employed by this club.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I completely agree! Maybe I am wrong, but I think having Dax and Basti both on the field hurts us. The backline was atrocious. Campos is too slow and frankly cannot play defense. I would start Edwards every game. Hasler can play right back and Edwards on the left. Pauno's "strategy" is just simply the worst demonstration of team preparation ever. I know next to nothing about soccer, but I can tell when a team is not prepared. I wonder what it would be like to have a young, dynamic coach who understands how to prepare a team managing this club. It would be interesting. I would hire CJ Brown in a heart beat to replace Pauno.

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