On a night when Jesse Marsch, Denis Hamlett, and Chris Armas celebrated a Supporters Shield clinching victory at Toyota Park, the current version of the Fire are looking toward next season and another new beginning. Nelson Rodriguez met the media before the game but the formality of one more match this season was just that.
A weak start with some players on the pitch that haven’t seen a lot of minutes resulted in a 2-0 half time deficit. On the positive side, the Fire did challenge the best team in the Eastern Conference and MLS during the regular season, with a good showing in the last thirty minutes that may have put some doubts into the minds of Red Bulls supporters as FC Dallas was busy winning their match on what MLS billed as Decision Day.
The loss leaves the Fire at bottom of the league with an embarrassing 8-20-6 record. Decision Day is coming for many involved in this disaster of a campaign.
GK Alec Kann (5) – Making his MLS debut he started a bit shaky but ended up with six saves.
D Matt Polster (5) – Got the start at right back. A bit out of sorts, along with the rest of the back line, to start the game but had a good second half. Forced Robles into a good save with a shot in the 68th and his cross found Accam for a chance in the 73rd.
D Jeff Larentowicz (5) – The back line was all over the place during the first New York goal in another classic example of team break down. Solid in the second half.
D Chris Ritter (4.5) – Seemed to be the guy that lost the last mark on the first New York goal. Left the game in the 21st with an injury.
D Patrick Doody (6) – Provided good service from the flanks and solid play all around. Doody has impressed in limited time this season. Cross in the 78th led to an assist on the only Fire goal.
M Razvan Cocis (5) – One of the players stumbling around in a cluster as Bradley Wright Phillips found an uncontested tap in to give New York the lead. Completed 85% of his passes and the Fire actually won the overall possession battle (54-46) with a better showing late in the game.
M Matt Watson (5) – Caught in a turnover that almost led to a goal in the 16th but Kann managed to save Grella’s attempt. Dangerous cross through the front of the goal led to a chance for Shipp.
M Patrick Nyarko (5.5) – His headed effort back toward goal found Gilberto to make the game close. Fouled just outside the box in the 89th leading to a good free kick opportunity. Tried to get things going in the first half but New York wasn’t giving up much space. Called for a foul in the box for a shoulder to shoulder challenge on Grella.
M Joevin Jones (5) – Relatively quiet although he did complete 93% of his passes. Exited in the 58th in favor of Accam.
F Harry Shipp (5) – A few good moments in combination and a shot attempt in the 83rd that led to a corner kick. Fair but not overly dangerous in the playmaking role.
F Gilberto (5.5) – Scored the Fire’s only goal with a well taken side volley. Wasn’t hesitant to take a shot or attempt to make something happen when it needed to be done. A bad pass in the 27th did squander a good chance on the counter.
M Daneil Cyrus (5) – Subbed in for Ritter in the 21st. Had one nice recovery late in the game.
M David Accam (5.5) – Replaced Jones in the 58th and the offense did seem to pick up from there. Hit the post with a shot in the 73rd.
F Kennedy Igboananike (5) – Came on for Watson in the 83rd.
Patrick Nyarko on the loss and his outlook on 2016.
Jeff Larentowicz on two frustrating seasons and his possible future with the club.
Nelson Rodriguez’s introductory press conference