Fire 1 Dynamo 1 - Recap and Ratings

In honor of Earth Day and “Going Green” the Fire recycled the ending that has become all too familiar at Toyota Park.  A failure to hold on to a lead by allowing a late goal and dropping points at home.  It happened again tonight as an 83rd minute Bobby Boswell header levelled the score and gained a result for the visiting Dynamo. 

After a fairly successful first half that saw the Fire manage a 1-0 lead despite allowing eight Houston corner kicks, the disturbing lack of possesion which has plagued the side for most of this early season continued to harm them.  Houston controlled most of the last twenty minutes of the match with little response from Chicago. 

Missing 1v1 scoring chances against the opposition keeper which would essentially secure victories is another trend which continually seems to occur.  This time Dominic Oduro hit the cross bar in the 66th minute, an opportunity that would have given the Fire a 2-0 lead and likely a desperately needed three points.  As we’ve seen all too often, it wasn’t meant to be. 


GK Jon Conway (5) – Was only called on to make one save and handled the box fairly well.  The game tying goal was a result of a well placed header that Conway could do little to prevent. 

D Gonzalo Segares (6) – Little production from the right side of Houston’s attack. Segares did manage to get forward in support a bit and earned one of the Fire’s four corner kicks in the first half with a run into the area. 

D Yamith Cuesta (6) – Good effort from the young center back in place of Cory Gibbs.  Effective in the air for most of the match and broke up several Houston chances.  Cleared a dangerous Will Bruin chance off the line in the 23rd minute.

D Josip Mikulic (6) – Solid most of the night until the final Houston corner kick which was placed between Mikulic and Pause.  Mikulic went down minutes earlier with leg cramps which may have hindered his ability to challenge this play effectively. 

D Jalil Anibaba (6) – Did a nice job on Brad Davis within the run of play.  Solid most of the night before being subbed out in the 76th minute.  De Los Cobos cited Robinson’s experience as the reason for the substitution.

M Logan Pause (5) – Played decently most of the night and managed to hold Geoff Cameron out of any dangerous opportunities.  Beaten by Boswell on the tying goal. Pause’s effort is always top notch but the Fire midfield continues to get overrun by opposition in the middle of the pitch all too often.

M Baggio Husidic (5) – Was active in trying to get involved in the attack early in the first half.  Not as active in the second before being subbed off in the 65th minute.  Didn’t do anything to harm the team but didn’t distinguish himself either.

M Marco Pappa (5) – Dangerous at times but silenced for stretches in the second half.  Attempted several long distance shots.  A left footed blast in the 74th minute which was saved by Hall was the best of the bunch.  Credited with an assist on the Fire’s goal. 

M Patrick Nyarko (5) – Disappeared for long stretches as the Fire struggled to maintain possesion.  Did draw a yellow card on Palmer in the extra time.  Tracked back to help defensively effectively. 

F Diego Chaves (6) – Scored the Fire’s only goal and continues to be the team’s best all around offensive threat.  Passing and finishing are at a level above most in MLS.  Played behind Oduro for most of the match in an attempt to utilize the combination of Chaves’ passing and Oduro’s speed. 

F Dominic Oduro (5) – Was particularly dangerous early but his break away chance which would have iced the game hit the cross bar in the 66th minute.  Not a bad effort from Oduro again as his pace is difficult for anyone to match.

M Mike Videira (5) – Came on in the 65th minute for Husidic and managed a few good challenges but Houston’s midfield took over the match shortly after his insertion into the game.  This was not all Videira’s fault but more a collective lack of technical ability in the center of the field that will continue to haunt this team. 

D Dasan Robinson (5) – Entered the match in the 76th minute for Anibaba although the rookie played well up to that point. 

F Gaston Puerari (5) – Entered the match in the 83rd minute for Oduro, which was a little too late to make a difference since the Fire was already under siege and trying to cling to a 1-0 lead.   

C Carlos De Los Cobos (5) – Neither side played particularly well and the Fire’s lack of quality in central midfield is something that De Los Cobos does not appear to have an answer for.  The substitutions weren’t out of line but Puerari could have entered sooner.  The move for Robinson may have been a preventive measure keeping the rookie out of a position to make a late mistake.  Dropping points at home and defending set pieces continue to be serious problems.

De Los Cobos addressed substitions, midfield play, and more in his post game press conference.  Listen to it here.   

Up Next

A trip to Colorado to face the defending MLS Cup champions. 

The Fire open Reserve League action Sunday morning at 10am against the Houston reserves.   


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  • In other MLS news......David Ferreira suffered a fractured ankle in FC Dallas' 2-1 win at Vancouver.

  • This game was squarely on CDLC's shoulders tonight. Taking off Anibaba and putting on a Robinson was a huge mistake. It gave our already slow back line even less speed and we became ultra defensive from that sub to the end of the match. Vidiera and Husidic are basically the same player so that wasnt a problem but putting on Gaston should have happened at the 70 minute mark for Orduro or not at all. 2 minutes before that switch, Chaves was cramping up and completely out of gas. He should have put on Barrouch for Chavez and have him sit in behind Oduro and hold up the ball. 2 more points dropped at home...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    And why the hell is Conway in goal. The only reason he should be in there is if Johnson is hurt. He looks like he is in pain whenever he has to move and when he dives/falls to the ground its like he is a 50 year old man. He offers nothing better than Johnson and is just killing the confidence of Johnson. Whoever made that decision to go to him made a terrible mistake that could hurt us for the rest of the year when they decide to go back to Johnson. Conway does not give us a better chance to win.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I agree with you 100% on this one. I can see giving Johnson a break to gather himself after the nightmare in Portland but continuing to start Conway will do nothing for the team now or in the future.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I agree with a lot of what Joe says here. You could feel it throughout the crowd when Anibaba came out and Baggio came out that Dynamo were on their way to scoring. Our team isn't good enough defensively to bunker for an entire 30 min, let alone a whole half, which is what it seemed. 1 goal was never going to be enough with this team, and unfortunately that's how it went down.

    I also agree that Chaves should have come out around 70 min. he was great, but completely dead by that point. He was coming way back to help out the mid, and it was taking its toll. Gaston would have been nice to keep it fresh, but any other player (Orr is a good idea) could have on and spread the field, or at least kept it in the offensive end for more than 15 seconds at a time.

    Disappointing to say the least. Other than the result, it was a beautiful day/night to watch a game and the crowd was excellent, as well. But to keep some of em coming back we gottttta capitalize on our chances! It's great that we're up to near 1000 S8 tickets, but people wanna see wins at home if they're gonna re-up next season.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    At the Fire reserve game with updates via twitter @fireconf.

    Fire starters : Johnson, Videira, Watson-Siriboe, Ristic, Pantazopoulos; Bone, Paladini, Paul, Rivas; Ferrari, Barouch

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Fire lead 3-0 at the half on goals by Gabriel Ferrari and Martin Rivas (2).

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Final score in the reserve match.......Fire 3 Houston 0

  • Good points and thanks for the support. And I don't want to sound like a whiner or a "fair weather fan." I realize clubs go through ups and downs, and that's just football. But I had a moment of clarity last week when I looked around and realized that TP itself is no longer new and a sparkling in MLS (compared to other new stadiums), the location has always been a bit of a problem for lots of commuters (no L line or any sort of train is criminal in chicago), and parking price and ease of exit after games don't make it much better.

    I can handle it and will always love the experience, but I do worry about maintaining the momentum in season ticket sales from the off-season if the club continues struggling and doesn't make the playoffs again. I know it's very very early, so hopefully it comes together soon.

    /rant over.

  • I think now is the time to say adi'os to Carlos de los Cobos.
    The lack of possession on the part of the Fire and having a difficult time stringing together more than two passes is a
    sign of very poor coaching. What do the Players do in practice??
    I an tired of all of the excuses we need a better Coach now not later during the season.

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