Flailing Fire off to worst start, but at least it scored a goal
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media March 24, 2013 9:20PM
Patrick Nyarko, Jorge Villafana
Updated: March 24, 2013 9:38PM
Goal-less heading into its game Sunday against Chivas USA at Toyota Park, the Fire thought it could rely on its defense to keep it in games.
But the Fire lost 4-1 to Chivas USA, allowing four goals for the second time in four games. The 0-3-1 start is the worst in franchise history.
The Fire likely will use the two weeks before its next game to reevaluate the roster.
“You have to look at everything,” coach Frank Klopas said. “It just seems like we’re not getting things done. So we have to evaluate and make some decisions and do what’s best for the team.”
The Fire was the better side in a scoreless first half, but in the second half, its defense was out of sync.
Edgar Mejia scored the first goal in the 57th minute after a Fire clearance fell to his feet.
Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko tied the game from 12 yards out in the 64th minute off a nice feed from forward Sherjill MacDonald.
Chivas’ Joaquin Velazquez scored on a header in the 73rd minute. Two minutes later, Chivas forward Juan Agudelo scored after bumping Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz off the ball, and in the 89th minute, Fire defender Jalil Anibaba scored an own-goal.
“It’s embarrassing what happened today,” defender Gonzalo Segares said. “I’ve got no words to explain how things were so bad. We had a pretty strong first half. We just couldn’t put goals away, and not putting away easy goals is definitely a bad recipe.’’
The Fire finally scored, but it blew several quality chances. In the 39th minute, Chris Rolfe had his shot blocked by Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy after a breakaway, and in the 51st minute, Daniel Paladini hit the post after a well-timed through ball from MacDonald
“Even against the wind, we created a fair number of chances,” Nyarko said. We just needed to put them away. We got a little bit overexcited because we thought we had them in the second half and left ourselves [vulnerable].”