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Guillermo Rivera breaks down the Fire's performance against Columbus

 

The last five regular season matches between the Fire and the Crew have ended in 2-2 draws.  This one also could have ended in the same manner if the Fire had not blown several chances to at least put a shot on goal and make Columbus goalkeeper Will Hesmer work.  The Fire managed a total of 16 shots but only 2 of them were on goal.  Columbus managed only 3 shots on goal but they finished their chances. 

Patrick Nyarko will need to find the scoring touch at some point this year if the side is to seriously contend for even the eigth playoff spot.  So far noone other than Marco Pappa has shown the ability to actually find the back of the net. 

The Crew's first goal came from Andrew Dykstra's bobbled attempt to coral a through ball.  Dykstra's inability to consistently and efficiently handle the ball on crosses, shots, and through balls is beginning to make a defense for Jon Busch's release seem very dubious.  "You can put the first goal on me.  The guy went through my arm and then the ball and made it tought for me and maybe I should have come in harder." said Dykstra after the match.

 

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