Two things became obvious when Fire owner Andrew Hauptman introduced Frank Yallop as the club’s new head coach and director of soccer operations on Thursday.
Sunday’s result in the last match of the season was in line with the year the Fire just endured.
It’s possible that the Fire can clinch a playoff berth in Saturday’s last regular season home match against Toronto FC – but don’t count on it.
The Fire is back in playoff position in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. That’s a big positive, though the club’s playoff status might last barely 24 hours.