The Fire are facing the last seven games of the season with a very small chance remaining at qualifying for postseason. After am impressive home victory against the New York Red Bulls and a draw in Orlando, they were within striking distance of the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but a defensive collapse following a good first twenty-five minutes to begin the match in Montreal killed that momentum. The game was massive for us and I thought that we started off very well in the match,” Frank Yallop told reporters during his weekly conference call. “We hit a guy that was in unbelievable form on the night, in Drogba. We scored three goals away from home, which is fantastic, but to concede the four goals is not like us. It’s just ups and downs. Momentum is everything but again we’ve got to pick ourselves up and try to get a good performance and a win in New York now. We’ll get going. It’s obviously a disappointing result. I felt we at least started pretty well with the group. We did some decent things in the game. Scoring three goals is never easy but conceding the four was the thing that obviously killed us.”
Defensive break downs at inopportune times, along with a lack of finishing in other instances has left the Fire were they stand now. Pinpointing the reason for the lack of consistency throughout ninety-minutes has been perplexing. “It’s kind of been us all year. We’ve had a few games where we’ve been right on it for ninety minutes but it seems like we’re just getting punished for every little mistake we tend to make or the team seems to get a chance and ends up scoring. We’ve talked about it, we’ve watched video, and we’re doing stuff in training. We’re trying to get to the bottom of everything, but sometimes it’s just the players themselves will figure it out. We’ve had a little bit of a mix up sometimes in the line-up at times, but that’s no excuse. We should be able to see a game through and get it done. It’s been a frustrating point of why we’ve lost as many games as we have this season. We’ve just had that crazy spell in games where we’ve looked like we’re going to concede goals and we do. It’s just very frustrating for the group,” said Yallop.
The upcoming match in New York should feature a full squad of available players with those who participated with their national teams last week returning. David Accam, Joevin Jones, and Daneil Cyrus all trained with the team on Monday morning and Matt Polster will join them after the US U-23 match tonight. Sean Johnson will also meet up with the team in New York after the USMNT game against Brazil.
Cyrus’ play may be of particular interest because he can contribute at two positions in which the Fire need reinforcements. Yallop said that Trinidad & Tobago coach Stephen Hart likes him at right back or central defender. “It’s nice to add a player,” said Yallop. “It took a while with the permit and all the red tape and paperwork we had to get through and waiting, so it’s been kind of frustrating but he’s here now. He’s a young international player that’s done well for his country and we’re trying to integrate him into the MLS once we getting him training with us and get him playing games. I expect him to see the field for sure. I don’t know exactly when. We just have to make sure he’s up to speed on everything but there’s no time like now because we need to get a result Friday.”