At the midway point of the season the Fire sat in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5-5 record. They had just completed a 3-2 win in Los Angeles, they held a 3 game in hand advantage over most playoff contenders and the arrival of Freddie Ljungberg, Nery Castillo , and Gonzalo Segares provided some hope that the second half of the season would result in a big run. Things did not turn out as hoped or expected and the Fire missed the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.
Back in July I totaled the numerical player ratings awarded after each match to come up with a mid season average rating for each player. This time I've taken the full season into account. The results show that the average rating for most players declined during the second half. No shock there given the team's performance and disastrous second half results.
Here are the total season player ratings from top to bottom in descending order:To read the rest of this story, visit Chicago Now.