Jack McCarthy in the Chicago Tribune, “Fire ousted from MLS playoffs”:
Unfortunately for the Fire, their lone goal didn’t come until the 83rd minute and left little time to catch the Dynamo, who advanced to a two-game Eastern Conference semifinal beginning Sunday at home against top seed Sporting Kansas City.
Seth Gruen in the Chicago Sun-Times, “Fire’s season ended with 2-1 MLS playoff loss to Houston Dynamo”:
The Fire was poor in possession from the kickoff and gave up a set-piece goal from which they were never able to recover in a 2-1 loss to Houston that ended their season.
Orrin Schwarz in the Daily Herald, “Fire’s playoff stay a short one, lose 2-1 to Houston”:
The breaks might not have gone the Fire’s way, but the team didn’t play well either. It looked jittery at times; it sometimes struggled to trap the ball; its passes didn’t connect, especially in the attacking third of the field.