Category: Player Evaluations

Midseason Review and Ratings

Half way through the 2010 MLS season the Fire are sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5-5 record.  They have scored 21 goals and allowed the exact same amount.  There have been some dreadful results (a 4-1 loss in Toronto being the worst), some impressive performances (back to back 2-0 wins... Read more »

Fire vs Toronto FC Game Recap and Player Ratings

After controlling a good portion of the first half despite being down 1-0 the Fire turned in an absolutely dismal second half defensive effort in route to a 4-1 loss in Toronto.  Not only was the defensive effort lacking but it seems that several players were negatively affected by line up and formation changes.  Carlos... Read more »

Fire vs DC Player Ratings and Recap

After a badly needed win the Fire improve to 1-2-1 on the season.  The match wasn’t exactly pretty but it was effective nonetheless for the Fire.  DC was held to very few real scoring opportunities while the only truly dangerous chances were 2 headers from Julius James.  Offensively the Fire looked more composed and fluid than in the... Read more »

Home Season Starts In Frustrating Fashion

A bad start to a season is not necessarily an indicator of what the remainder of the year holds for MLS teams (Houston started last season 0-2-2 while Columbus started 0-2-5) but dropping points at home against one of the weakest teams in the league is not a good sign by any stretch.  The Fire... Read more »

Game Recap and Player Ratings

All in all the 2-2 draw was probably a fair result.  After an uninspiring first half the Fire rebounded to outplay Colorado in the second half although it wasn’t exactly attractive attacking soccer by any means.  Of major concern is the gaping hole of non productivity currently being provided in the middle of the pitch by... Read more »

Fire vs. Sounders: Player Ratings

The Fire and the Sounders played to a 0-0 draw over the weekend and though the Fire lost the top spot in the East with the tie, the team undoubtedly returned to Chicago with their heads held high. I think the Fire has every right to take some pride in the point they earned in... Read more »

Fire vs. Revolution: Player Ratings

The Fire advanced to the SuperLiga finals last night after defeating the defending SuperLiga champion New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium. The Fire, which is now 6-2-3 on the road in all competitions this year, had several players turn in good performances on Wednesday night and hopefully the team can continue their momentum into... Read more »

Fire 0 -- Crew 0: Player Ratings

The Fire played the defending MLS Cup Champion Columbus Crew to a scoreless tie last night, and now I’m going to be taking a more in depth look at the performance of the Fire’s individual players. Overall I thought the Fire had a nice effort on Saturday night but it would be tough to say... Read more »

Fire vs. Rapids: Player Evaluations

Before I get to the player evaluations from the Fire’s 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night, I thought I’d share a highlight video of the match for those who are interested. It’s always good to relive a Fire win and seeing those goals again should bring a smile to your face on... Read more »

Fire vs. Tigres: Player Evaluations

As I’m sure all of you now know, the Fire’s modest two-game winning streak came to an end Saturday night when they fell to Mexican team Tigres UANL by a score of 2-1. The Fire were still able to advance to SuperLiga’s semifinals (courtesy of Chivas USA, who tied with San Luis on Saturday) where... Read more »