Fire 4 Revolution 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire got back on track following two consecutive road losses. The 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution was the third win in three meetings between the two clubs this season. This one was just as convincing as the other two, with New England struggling to gain control of midfield and allowing Fire attackers some space with which to operate courtesy of some less than aggressive defending.

Patrick Doody contributed in Brandon Vincent’s absence to show that Chicago may indeed have some depth at the left back spot. His three assists should earn him MLS Team of the Week honors and keep him in consideration for a spot in the 18 when Vincent does return.

New England didn’t have many answers, although they did manage to tie the game in the 24th minute when Kei Kamara out-jumped the backline following a free kick. That was pretty much it from the Revolution as Chicago easily controlled the match from that point and took the lead in the 39th on Juninho’s well placed shot from 26 yards out into the left corner of the net.

The Fire pulled back to within three points of Toronto FC at the top of the Eastern Conference but beating the Revolution isn’t a testament to whether or not they can catch the league leaders. This win was a welcome sight and sorely needed but it’s expected now.

Player ratings

GK Matt Lampson (6) – A shaky moment or two in clearing away passes/shots but also some good sequences in coming out strong to cut off passes on the ground.

D Patrick Doody (7.5) – Credited with an assist on Juninho’s goal in thee 39th. A fantastic cross in the 49th found de Leeuw on the run at the far post for the Fire’s third and a layoff for Solignac in second half stoppage time earned him two more helpers. An outstanding night for Doody, who became the first Fire Homegrown Player to ever record three assists in a game.

D Johan Kappelhof (6) – The backline tightened up in this game, only allowing nine shot attempts. Kamara did leap over Kappelhof in the 24th from a dead ball situation to head the ball in and tie the score but he wasn’t really dangerous after that.

D Joao Meira (6.5) – New England has some attacking talent and Kamara, Nguyen, Fagundez, and Agudelo were held in check for most of the match. Four interceptions ad four recoveries. Found Polster early on a cross field pass to set up his chance for the first goal.

D Matt Polster (7) – The Fire’s fullbacks did some damage. Polster’s beautifully taken shot with the outside of his right foot from 20 yards away in the 8th minute gave the Fire a lead early. Fagundez and Agudelo silent for most of the night on the right.

M Juninho (7) – Scored in the 39th with a shot from distance that New England didn’t defend very well but he also had one of his better all-around games in a while. The Fire’s three-man center midfield combination easily handled New England’s 4-4-2 diamond. Juninho was available to receive passes and clear balls from danger throughout the entire match. Completed 94% of his passes.

M Bastian Schweinsteiger (6.5) – With the Fire completing 86% of their passes with seemingly little resistance from New England, the midfield had room to operate and expose gaps on the outside. He also dropped back defensively often to continue helping the back line.

M Dax McCarty (6.5) – Heaps has to reconsider how he plays against the Fire if he’s around for the next contest. The Fire midfield easily controlled this game with the Fire’s DM trio showing they can play together successfully against the right opposition.

F Michael de Leeuw (6.5) – Rewarded with a great pass from Doody in the 49th to score his second goal of the season. Ran into the ball with a far post run to head it into the net while Revolution defenders ball watched. Workrate on the flanks is always high.

F David Accam (5.5) – Set up Nikolic with a chance early but didn’t factor in much for the rest of the match as Revolution defenders were waiting for him with some help. That did leave plenty of space for Doody to get forward, however. Catch his post game comments about his future below.

F Nemanja Nikolic (5.5) – A relatively quiet night with only one early shot on goal.

D Jonathan Campbell (6) – Came on for Accam in the 65th as the Fire dropped five in the back to close out the match.

M Drew Conner (6) – Subbed in for McCarty in the 70th. Just missed Solignac in the 83rd as the Fire continued to press New England despite the two-goal lead.

F Luis Solignac (6.5) – Replaced Nikolic in the 82nd and scored the fourth goal dancing past Delamea to find the far post.

Filed under: 2017 Regular Season

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  • Couldn't believe how far back Basti was playing, especially in the first half. It was almost like a back three with him in the middle at times.

  • I was glad to see the Basti/Dax/Juninho working last night. It was the first time all season that the three together looked good. I'm hoping that they can build on it for the second half of the season. Especially if this is the midfield that Pauno wants to play.

    Felt better about our left back depth after the game too. As I was watching the game, I was noting how Doody didnt seem to run down the line to the corner and make the crosses into the box like Vincent does. I made the comment that we had less of an attack with doody on the field then when Vincent is there.... Then someone pointed out that he had made 3 assists on the night... Thats when I realized how wrong I was about his offensive effectiveness. We still don't have TorontoFC type of depth, but it seems like the bench is improving quite a bit.

    Over all, I thought the game was good. We have a little work to do to get back to great though in my opinion, but at least we are back in the right direction and hopefully we show columbus why they should fear us next week.

  • In reply to edubs:

    I'm glad that Doody had all that playing time on loan in the USL. I'll gamble that it's been beneficial as far as his development as a player.

    Just sayin'.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Makes you wonder why Arshakyan refused to go down for extra playing time...

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    Definitely noticed how the Fire website omitted Accam's interview and any questions relating to Accam in Pauno's interview. Thanks for the sharing these videos Guillermo. At this point, Accam needs to go for me. He's been a great player for the club but god damnit we're playing for a supporters shield right now and this is the last thing we need. Pauno is staying true that no one is bigger than the team and that's why Accam didn't start the past two games.

  • Patrick Doody has been named to MLS Team of the Week.

  • Things were running to smoothly the first half of the season. Fire needed a little adversity before the stretch run. Dax at the Gold Cup. Vincent's injury. Accam's beef with the "wonder twins". Now, everything looks peachy. Dax is back, Accam is playing nice, and even Juninho is playing good soccer. Should be a fun final third of the season!

  • Love two things from the Paunovic post-game:
    1) His graceful "no comment" to your question about having words with Heaps after the game (though I wanted to hear him vent of course and am glad you asked);
    2) The smoothness with which he shifts into Spanish.

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