One of the first tasks facing new coach Frank Klopas is to assess where new acquisition Cristian Nazarit fits into the team. He was heralded as a young, talented target forward and that's where former manager Carlos de los Cobos played him in one of his last decisions with the Fire. Nazarit and strike partner Diego Chaves were asked to carry the offensive burden against the San Jose Earthquakes. After the break, we'll see how Nazarit did.
1' Lost a 50-50 battle on a goal kick.
1' Won a 50-50 battle, chested it to Chaves.
2' Lost a 50-50 battle. It sure seems like he's doing well to at least get in position, certainly better than Chaves when I looked at him.
10' Receives a Fire clearance and taps it back to Chaves. Chaves gives it back and Nazarit tries to spring Chaves with a through ball. SJ handled the pass for a whistle.
12' Another give and go to spring Chaves. Chaves is able to then dribble down the field to the edge of the box.
15' Wins a 50-50 battle, but heads it straight to Busch.
16' Chases the ball defensively from SJ back line to midfield. Eventually hacks down ball carrier and forces a back pass. Then chases down the back pass and blocks an attempted long pass out for a throw. A lot of hustle here.
16' Receives a header from Chaves near midfield and taps it back to Pause.
20' Wins a 50-50 ball from a goal kick and heads it on to Oduro, who can't control it.
23' Fires a free kick into the wall. I don't know why he taking free kicks instead of trying to get on the end of one.
26' Wins a 50-50 battle, nods it on to Chaves who can't control.
32' Receives the ball at the top of the box with his back to goal, taps it square.
34' Gets his head to a goal kick, but it deflects to SJ.
38' Receives a cross from Oduro and tries to one touch to Segares behind the defense. Good vision, but poor touch as Busch punches clear.
41' Chaves passes forward to Nazarit running away from him, ball hits Nazarit in the heel and SJ controls.
43' Chests down a clearance to Chaves. Nazarit gets it back and hits Oduro in stride rushing up the wing. Good play.
44' Collects the ball 40 yards out, dribbles forward fighting off a defender before firing a strong shot at Busch from 25 yards.
44' Collects a clearance, hits square to an overlapping Ristic.
44' Receives pass at the top of the box in traffic, loses it.
45' Taps it back.
46' Heads a clearance, controlled by SJ.
50' SJ goal. Nazarit was defending in the box and was was marking the zone the ball was played to. He went up for it, but not high enough. Probably a bad idea to have a young striker defending the crucial space in front of the goal on a corner. Poor defensive organization.
51' Chases after a SJ back pass. Knocks down defender who heads it to Busch and almost catches up with it.
56' Loses a 50-50, but puts enough pressure on the defender to win a throw.
56' Loses a 50-50.
56' Chicago goal. Nazarit receives the ball at the top of the box and takes two touches before shooting on target. The shot is deflected by a defender before deflecting off both posts before Oduro can tap it in.
I just now notice that while Oduro runs off to celebrate, the rest of the team runs back to mid field as though we were still down. Chaves in particular collects the ball and then runs over to Oduro to try to get him to stop strutting. The players sure don't look like they are satisfied with a draw.
59' Nazarit runs down a mishit clearance in the corner and taps it back to Pappa. Probably a good idea, I suspect Pappa is better at crossing than Nazarit.
64' Commits a foul trying to receive a pass.
72' Wins a 50-50 ball, but heads it out for a throw.
74' SJ goal. No involvement by Nazarit.
75' Chests down a short pass and makes a poor square pass to Segares.
78' Receives a clearance and heads it to Pappa.
78' Miscommunication between Nazarit and Husidc. They both go for a cross to the top of the box and have to pull away to avoid injuring each other.
80' Nazarit is the target on a corner, he can't go up for it because the defender has his arm around his shoulder and Busch punches away.
80' Fire goal. No involvement by Nazarit.
84' Chests down a clearance, but loses it.
84' Tries to tackle the ball from a defender, but can't get past him and loses it back.
86' Gets on the end of a Johnson punt, but can't trap it.
87' Heads a free kick toward goal, scooped up by Busch.
88' Heads a clearance to Pappa.
90+3' Chases down a long cross in the corner, knocks the defender down then lays it off to Husidic.
Thoughts: Chaves and Nazarit look like a classic strike team. Nazarit is the target man who is physical, good in the air and can play with his back to the goal. Chaves looked ok in a supporting role playing off Nazarit facing toward goal with the ball at his feet. Nazarit was effective enough to relegate Puerari to the bench.