"I think the guys gained a lot of respect for him," Horst said. "It's not easy to step in as a rookie, especially last minute like that.
In the locker room after the game, Horst said the club isn't too concerned yet about not breaking through with a goal, even with just one shot on target on 12 attempts, and with Yura Movsisyan failing to get any on frame. Last weekend, RSL had three of 17 attempts on target in a draw with Toronto FC.
"Our guys know how to score. Yura's a proven scorer," Horst said. "These guys are all proven scorers and when it comes, it's going to come in bunches."
And although RSL played in windy conditions last week at home and frigid ones this time, that had nothing to do with the lack of productivity.
"There is no such thing to be looking at weather or the field or that we were on the road," midfielder Albert Rusnak said. "Those things are just excuses, we were not good enough today."
Rusnak enjoyed a brief postgame chat with Chicago defender Johan Kapelhof. Rusnak, Kappelhof and Fire striker Michael de Leeuw all played together in The Netherlands with FC Groningen.
"It was gonna happen, whether it was at the start or at the end," Rusnak sad. "I knew they were here."