Breakdown: Fire at Impact

Yet another solid performance by Quincy Amarikwa (photo: chicagotribune.com)

Yet another strong, gutsy performance by Quincy Amarikwa (photo: chicagotribune.com)

The Fire remain winless, but OTF editor Scott Fenwick finds improvement and joy in the numbers…

If you look at the metrics, it’s truly bewildering Chicago didn’t come away with its first win in Montreal last weekend. But, as a wise man once said, “This is the soccer.”

Here’s a sampling of the Fire’s statistical domination of Kid Klopas’s Impact:

  • Possession = 55%/45% Fire
  • Duels won = 55%/45% Fire
  • Passing Accuracy = 77%/68% Fire
  • Corners = 10/3 Fire
  • Crosses = 31/11 Fire

A 1-1 draw despite all that (and then some).

Tellingly, Squawka’s Man of the Match was Montreal’s Karl Ouimette, as he led a defense that withstood 16 of Chicago’s 17 shots.

top three players

Beyond Ouimette, Alex and Quincy Amarikwa were most impressive. While he may have left a bit to be desired in terms of central attacking thrust, Alex played the box-to-box #8 role quite well, punctuated by 85% passing accuracy, 11 headers, and six recoveries. Amarikwa, once again, put in a hard-working, effective shift up top. 

(image: mlssoccer.com)

(image: mlssoccer.com)

(image: mlssoccer.com)

(image: mlssoccer.com)

And let’s not forget Big Red. Larentowicz did his part too, and his 89% passing accuracy is well-received.

(image: mlssoccer.com)

(image: mlssoccer.com)

Here’s a closer look at Chicago’s central midfield pairing’s successful passes. Note the emptiness in front of the box though.

Alex and Larentowicz successful passes at Montreal (image: mlssoccer.com)

Alex and Larentowicz successful passes at Montreal (image: mlssoccer.com)

Speaking of passing accuracy, have a look at wingers Shipp and Nyarko. With the exception of four occurrences, they couldn’t successfully feed the ball into or near the box.

Shipp and Nyarko successful passes at Montreal) (image: mlssoccer.com)

Shipp and Nyarko successful passes at Montreal (image: mlssoccer.com)

Shipp and Nyarko unsuccessful passes at Montreal (image: mlssoccer.com)

Shipp and Nyarko unsuccessful passes at Montreal (image: mlssoccer.com)

For the second week in a row, Chicago’s wingers had difficulty serving the ball successfully from wide, deep areas on the flanks — particularly the left. Unfortunately, Chicago didn’t get much offensive involvement from Cochrane, and his (75%) and Shipp’s (68%) passing accuracy left a bit to be desired.

Attack-wise, Chicago was the aggressor. The Men in Red completed 100 passes in the final third compared to Montreal’s 35. Moreover, the Fire were 7/17 in take-ons, compared to Montreal’s 2/5.

7 of 17 take ons

Chicago take-ons at Montreal

In the end though, the Fire’s assault and barrage wasn’t enough to get the three points. 

Chicago made good on only one of its 17 attempts on goal

Chicago made good on only one of its 17 attempts on goal

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Conclusion? Statistically, it’s evident Yallop’s Fire dominated the match and went for the win while Klopas characteristically sat back, looked for counterattacking opportunities, and weathered the storm.

In the end, unsurprisingly, Chicago’s unfinished chances spelled the difference between a win and a draw. Effort like last weekend’s should turn one-pointers into three-pointers soon though.

On to the next one!

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Scott Fenwick founded On The Fire in 2012 and is its Editor. Follow him @OnTheFire97 

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