The Fire are now 0-4-3 against the Seattle Sounders after dropping a 2-1 decision that probably should have resulted in at least one point. Chicago had the better of the opportunities in the first half before a 40th minute cross attempt by David Estrada was slightly deflected by Arne Friedrich allowing the ball to trickle into the net past Sean Johnson.
The Fire appeared to tie the match at one apiece in the 63rd minute when Marco Pappa found a loose ball in the box at his feet and buried it past Michael Gspurning but referee Michael Kennedy ruled that Dominic Oduro obstructed the keeper and disallowed the goal. It's debatable whether or not that call was correct but Kennedy, who had a rough night with the whistle also appeared to miss what probably should have been a penalty call against Rafael Robayo in second half stoppage time.
The Sounders took a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute when Sean Johnson mishandled a Fredy Montero free kick. After Johnson batted away what looked to be a catchable attempt the ball deflected to Eddie Johnson who knocked it in from close range.
It's an unfortunate result for the Fire since the team did not play badly but in the end the failure to take advantage of numerous opportunities at home cost them the result.
GK Sean Johnson (4) - He's got to do better than this in big games against good opponents at home. He was caught wrong footed on the first goal which was excusable since it was misdirected after taking a deflection off of Friedrich. There is little doubt he should have done better with the second goal. He was caught in between trying to decide whether or not to catch it or bat it away at the last split second. He dove at it unnecessarily and it was the difference in the game.
D Gonzalo Segares (6) - Did well to contain Rosales for most of the match. Started a counter attack with a sliding tackle early and was involved on both ends of the field.
D Jalil Anibaba (5) - Center back play was better in this match than it was in the last two matches although the results don't necessarily show it. Had a chance in stoppage time with a good look at the goal but the shot was right at Gspurning. "I connected well. I tried to get a calming touch on the ball and hit it on frame. I did that but unfortunately the keeper was right there," said Anibaba after the match.
D Arne Friedrich (5) - A better outing than his first two for the Fire but there's always that deflection that was ruled an own goal. Unfortunate on this night.
D Dan Gargan (6) - Played well against Estrada for the most part. Although the first Seattle goal was scored from his side it wasn't due to any lack of work from Gargan.
M Pavel Pardo (6) - Seemed to be more influential in this game than he has in the early part of the season. Had some room to move the ball forward to the attackers and there really wasn't much going on in the middle of the pitch for Seattle.
M Logan Pause (5) - For the second week in a row a goal was scored by the opposition from the right side of goal after Fire defenders were a step slow to close down the space on the attacker. Estrada had too much time to make a move and his soft cross somehow ended up in the back of the net.
M Daniel Paladini (4) - Started the match for Pappa, who was rested due to international duty and travel but didn't do much with the chances he had. Had a chance to score in the 14th when he found himself all alone in the box but took too long to fire and his shot was ultimately blocked. A long distance attempt in the 32nd was well wide of the goal.
M Sebastian Grazzini (6) - Played well in the middle controlling the ball and moving forward and referee Michael Kennedy may have missed a handful of fouls that should have been called in his favor. He did embellish a few that were not fouls though.
F Patrick Nyarko (6) - With some space to work he moved the ball pretty well on the ground along with Grazzini. Gave Johansson some problems and probably earned a call or two that weren't given.
F Dominic Oduro (5) - Managed one shot on goal in the 13th and whiffed on a shot in the 43rd with a little bit of space in the penalty area but the biggest moment came in the 63rd when his positioning caused Kennedy to rule that he obstructed the goalkeeper from an offside position on what should have been the tying goal at the time.
M Marco Pappa (7) - Entered the match in the 63rd for Logan Pause and immediately made his presence felt with the goal that was erased. A long free kick that may have been wind aided almost beat Gspurning before the Seattle keeper tipped it out for a corner kick. A monstrous blast from 50+ yards away was surely wind aided and just hit the side of the net. His "olimpico" in the 89th minute was fabulously curled into the net although it may have received a little help from a gust combined with a mistimed jump from the keeper. Made an impact the entire time he was on the pitch. "It's my first goal of the season but to be honest I don't feel good because first everything I think about is always for the team and we didn't get the points," said Pappa.
M Federico Puppo (5) - Came in for Paladini in the 72nd but didn't factor into much.
M Rafael Robayo (6) - Subbed in for Grazzini in the 80th minute at center mid and probably was fouled in the box in stoppage time. Kennedy didn't think so.
C Frank Klopas (5) - Game plan was solid and the Fire played a better game than one of the best teams in the league but the result wasn't there. Klopas addressed the team's play, missed foul calls, the skirmish at the end of the match, and more in his post game press conference.