It was another loss for the Chicago Fire. This one was the first at home this season, but there were some positives to take away. Let’s look at how the guys fared:
Collier – 7.5 – put himself in dangerous positions all night. Maybe could have done more with free header in the first half. Subbed out in the 68th minute.
Beric – 4 – Came on in the 58th minute and didn’t create a whole lot. He’s paid to score and create goals. Once again, he did neither
Aliseda – 6 – I love his creativity, but he was on the ball less tonight than he has been. Went down too easily in the first half trying to win a penalty. His feel on when to carry the ball vs. when to distribute seemed off tonight
Herbers – 7 – scored the goal. Tactically sound as usual. Several solid chances in the first half. Subbed off in the 58th minute.
Mihailovic – 5 – worked hard to try and break down NE’s all-out defending late, but he did not create as many problems as he did vs. Cincinnati during the week.
Frankowski – 6 – Created a lot of problems for the Revs on the right side in the first half. Found spaces. Much better performance than the previous two matches. Unable to break down the New England defense late. Subbed off for Bornstein in the 88th minute
Medran – 7 – More of an 8 role than he has been since the MLS phase 1 games began. A lot of possession and a lot more heavily involved with the Fire attack than in the previous games.
Gimenez – 6 – He got MOTM from both Hot Time and the WGN broadcast. I’m not sure why. Was more of a 6 tonight than an 8, but I do not recall anything special in his performance.
Navarro – 4 – He had chances. He missed chances. In the second half, it appeared he was trying out to kick for the Bears on several occasions. As dangerous as he was going forward, he pinched inside on Bunbury’s second goal leaving a lot of space for the “shross”
Calvo – 2 – Vintage Calvo performance on the Revs first goal. Bad giveaway and then minimal effort in tracking back. Had a free header in the second half he pushed over the bar. Lots of time on the ball late while New England was in their shell, but he was unable to break them down.
Pineda – 4 – largely quiet. He was closest to Bunbury on NE’s first goal. His angle to get involved in the play could have been better.
Sekulic – 5 – Did a great job getting forward and involved in the attack, but not with much success.
Shuttleworth – 3 – New England had 3 chances all night. They scored on 2 of them. He needed to be better on one of the two goals allowed. His strength is as a shot stopper and does not offer anything playing out of the back.
Gutierrez & Bornstein came on in the 88th to chase the game.
After the match, I broke down all these ratings with Hot Time Managing Editor Patrick McCraney on the Minivan Dad Soccer Pod. Give it a listen!
So what do you think? Was I too harsh? Too kind? Let us know in the comments!