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DSC 0883After waiting 123 long days since their disappointing playoff loss to the Houston Dynamo, the new look Fire were ready to get the 2013 campaign underway on Sunday. Ready right until the opening whistle. 

After an off season that saw the retirement of midfielder Pavel Pardo, the departure of veterans Dan Gargan and Dominic Oduro, and the addition of several new players, the Fire were looking to move beyond the click here disappointment of 2012, and move into 2013 with a fresh start and all eyes on an MLS Cup. With a promising pre-season behind them, Fire players and supporters alike were bubbling over with excitement on Facebook and Twitter as the opening kick neared on Sunday afternoon. Everyone knew that opening the season on the road against the 2 time defending champions wouldn't be easy, but there was still a sense of optimism in the air, the feeling of freshness that you get with each new season. LA was playing without Landon Donovan, and had lost the legendary David Beckham in the off season, why couldn't the Fire start the season off right?

 It didn't take long for everyone to see why the LA Galaxy are the back-to-back champs, even if they didn't have Beckham or Donovan. The Galaxy had the better of the opportunities and http://www.hooknladders.com/viagra-discount possession right from the start, and the Fire back-line playing without Logan Pause and Arne Friedrich did not look good. The poor start did not produce a goal for LA, however, and after the first 15 minutes the Fire looked like they had weathered the storm and tried to settle into the match. New signing Maicon Santos impressed with his tenacity and hustle to the ball, and it looked as though he might help create an early lead for the visitors. However, Mike Magee's 38' goal put LA in the driver's seat once again, and they never looked back. DSC 0622

After Magee opened the scoring, he went on to score two more (68' and 74') and then in the eightieth minute things went from unbearable to downright embarrassing when Robbie Keane got in on the scoring to make the game 4-0. 

There are several things about a 4-0 loss that worry me, and goalkeeping is not one of them. Sean Johnson played a remarkable game and came up with many huge saves, the game could've easily been 6 or 7 to nothing if not for SJ. 

The defending was atrocious. Yes, it was nice to see Steven Kinney back in the lineup for the Fire, but he did not have a good game at all. Friedrich and Pause were definitely missed on the pitch on Sunday.

The ball movement was laughable. There were too many turnovers, and passes that went out of play. The Fire had 1 shot on goal in the entire match, it's hard to create chances when you can't move the ball well as a team. 

The problem that plagued the Fire last year was goal scoring. Everyone knows it. What did the front office do in the off season to fix this problem? Not much. Hopefully this team finds a way to gel and start creating opportunities for the likes of Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald, Alex, and Santos or we could be in for a long summer. 

Now, I'm not sounding any alarm bells after one match, but 4-0 is 4-0 and there are definitely some issues that need to be worked out if this team is going to compete for any silverware in 2013. Let's see how the club bounces back in Saturday night's home opener vs. New England.