The Fire played well enough to earn a result in a very difficult place to play in. Possession was better, passing was somewhat better, and the effort was commendable while providing an entertaining and competitive match against one of the hottest teams in MLS. In the end however, another late gut punch goal doomed them to yet another disappointment and casts more doubt on their already dubious playoff hopes.
You have to wonder how many times they'll be able to bounce back from these type of results before the reality of the calendar takes hold. Needless to say, Wednesday's game against a hapless Toronto FC side is a must win if they're going to continue to harbor any realistic hopes of qualifying for post season play. The health of Mike Magee should also be a concern. He was removed at the half and his availability will be crucial. "With the amount of games coming up and being on turf this game...he tweaked it (groin) a little," said Frank Klopas after the match. "Hopefully we got it in time and hopefully he'll be ready for Wednesday."
Even with games in hand and a small deficit separating them from the 4th and 5th spots, hope is just about all they've got left. Anything less then three points in Toronto on Wednesday may extinguish some of that as well.
GK Sean Johnson (6) - Four saves including a spectacular diving effort to deny Alonso on a penalty kick in the 30th minute. Alonso's shot was well struck but the stop was even more impressive. Denied Alonso again in the 51st with another diving effort to thwart a shot from distance. There was nothing he could do about the own goal and the first Seattle score was a result of a scramble after Johnson knocked away the cross.
D Gonzalo Segares (5) - Credited with knocking in the own goal after it glanced off Soumare's foot but he did have a good battle going with Rosales throughout the night. Drew several fouls and a yellow card against the Seattle playmaker. An excellent ball into Rolfe in the 6th minute led to a good chance.
D Bakary Soumare (4) - A ridiculous and unnecessary handball from a corner kick service led to Alonso's penalty attempt. Luckily for Soumare, the Fire's goalkeeper bailed him out. He wasn't so fortunate in the 89th minute when he deflected a cross just enough to redirect it off of Segare's and into the net. He also guarded the goalmouth instead of marking the man on Neagle's goal and didn't get out in time to cut him off. If you think his game on the pitch was bad, his post game form was even worse.
D Austin Berry (5) - Seattle's best looks came from a scramble and a few long distance attempts. Did get turned by Martins early to give Seattle a 2nd minute shot on goal.
D Jalil Anibaba (5) - Active with a match up against Burch on the right side. Passing was somewhat better in this match than it has been previously.
M Logan Pause (6) - The discrepancy in possession wasn't bad (53-47) and the Fire didn't play badly in the middle. Pause kept the ball moving and managed to help maintain some shape. With 42/52 passes completed, he's not the force Rios is in the middle but he did his job effectively.
M Jeff Larentowicz (5) - This is the area of the field where the Fire fail to make an impact offensively although Larentowicz played a decent match. With Pause and Larentowicz on the pitch and Magee out of the line-up there is no playmaker capable of creating much going forward in the attack. That lack of creativity showed in the second half when chances dried up.
M Dilly Duka (6) - A strong outing for Duka with a very active presence throughout the first half. His assist led to Magee's goal and he generated a handful of other opportunities. The move to replace him in the 66th minute was curious considering he was one of the few players in red looking to create and attack.
M Alex (5) - Started on the right side and played a fair field game helping out defensively and also completed a majority of his passes. Mostly silent in the second half and Scott was his man on the winning cross which led to the own goal. Started the play that led to Magee's goal.
F Chris Rolfe (5) - Had a few good moments including a shot on target in the 6th minute which forced Gspurning into a difficult save. With Magee out in the second half he didn't deliver as a playmaker, holding on to the ball too long in the 63rd and botching a 3v1 counter. Subbed out in the 84th.
F Mike Magee (6) - Blew a good chance or two early but got back in the scoring column with a goal in the 26th. Removed from the match for "precautionary" reasons after suffering an apparent groin injury in the 33rd.
F Juan Luis Anangono (5) - Came on for Magee to start the second half. He's got some skills but he's virtually useless if he has no one who can get him the ball in good position on the pitch. It's still early in his Fire career but he doesn't appear to be the big impact forward that was needed before the window closed.
M Patrick Nyarko (5) - Came into the match in the 66th for Duka but the move should have been a substitution for Alex as the Fire offense was stalling without Magee. Nyarko and Duka on the pitch would have provided some of the danger sorely lacking in the attack.
M Daniel Paladini (5) - Entered in the 84th for Rolfe and promptly picked up a yellow card 3 minutes later.