This one was infinitely more entertaining than the match in Colorado but the Fire's third match in seven days ended with much of the same feelings that were prevalent in the previous two outing. Frustration and disappointment were the theme of the night during post game with the reality of a 2-4-8 record heading into the World Cup break.
A match that featured five goals, two red cards, six yellows, and several big saves by the opposition's goalkeeper may have kept the crowd entertained but the result wasn't much different. After two good defensive outings, the gaps, lapses, and questionable marking that has plagued them all year were on display again.
The Fire stand at 14 points on the season which leaves them ninth in the East, trailing everyone with the exception of Montreal. The good news they're currently only four points out of the fifth spot but these dropped points at home can't be recovered during the inevitable mad dash in September.
GK Sean Johnson (5) - Two saves but three goals allowed. One was a penalty kick but he was fortunate there wasn't a fourth, Martins got around him in the 5th but his shot was barely wide of the far post.
D Lovel Palmer (5) - Tried to get involved offensively. Failed to adequately cover or even challenge Neagle on Seattle's third goal.
D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (4) - The first yellow card may been a little soft but you can't go into a tackle in the box with two feet and expect the referee to ignore it. Penso has been justifiably pointed to by both coaches but it's hard to argue against a foul there. Also beaten 1v1 by Martins on Seattle's first goal. An awful day after an outstanding effort in Colorado.
D Bakary Soumare (5) - Slow to react on several occasions. Martins and Neagle got behind him more than once but most of damage was done against his central partner.
D Gonzalo Segares (5) - The Fire went to three in the back at one point and Segares spent much of that time trying to cover ground for the other two. Probably the best of the Fire defenders on the night, but it wasn't an outstanding defensive showing by any means.
M Jeff Larentowicz (5) - After Seattle controlled the ball (65-35) in the first half, the Fire reversed that in the second (62-38). Larentowicz is proving that he's better with another holding mid and although he wasn't bad his passing wasn't as good as it usually is. After the match Larentowicz said it was time for players to look in the mirror and called this loss the worst of the season.
M Chris Ritter (5) - Looking a little more comfortable in his third straight start and even chipped in a cross or two. Better in this game than he was in Colorado.
M Grant Ward (5) - Another young player with a third consecutive go in the eleven but wasn't as effective as he can be. A few errant shots failed to find the mark.
M Benji Joya (5) - Highlight of the day was enticing Martins into a straight red card. Joya described the foul as closed fist swipe. Okay but unspectacular on the outside for 70 minutes before being subbed out.
M Harry Shipp (7) - A solo effort with two quality strikes kept the Fire in the match. The first goal featured deft dribbling to evade defenders and beat the keeper with a well placed shot and the second was a beautifully taken opportunity that showed his class even further. Shipp has been more than even the most optimistic had hoped for.
F Quincy Amarikwa (5) - Credited with two assists thanks to Shipp's mastery but his touches were off for most of the match. His point blank shot in the 59th was stopped spectacularly by Frei to keep Seattle in the lead.
F Juan Luis Anangono (5) - Came in for Ritter in the 63rd. The Fire shifted into a 3-4-2 at this point moving Larentowicz out of the central mid spot he had occupied when Hurtado was sent off. His lone chance was another point blank shot that was saved by Frei in the 88th. There wasn't much behind the shot, but at least he got this one on frame.
M Alex (5) - Entered the match for Joya in the 70th, slotting into the middle and pushing Shipp out to the left. Involved in some build up but nothing dangerous.
M Victor Pineda (5) - All three of the Fire's homegrown players got onto the pitch in this game. Pineda was subbed in for Ward in the 76th. Got into the action quickly in the 77th but his penetration in the area was halted by several defenders in green.
The World Cup break and a US Open Cup match on June 18.
We recap the last three games and take a look ahead on the latest episode of Fire Confidential Live.