However, huge credit to Nate Sturgis who launched a perfect cross to Montero in front of the far post.
Seattle moves to 9-8-5 and 32 points, Chicago to 6-7-6 and 24 points.
"In this league when you go down a goal, you usually lose," coach Sigi Schmid said. "So the ability to come back after going down on the penalty kick call … I’m pleased. I thought we kept our composure."
After the game, Ljungberg stuck around to visit with some Sounders, then applauds Qwest crowd and signs some autographs at the rail before leaving pitch.
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"We shook hands at the end of the game," Schmid said. "We didn’t talk before the game, he was all business getting ready for the game. But we shook hands after the game. Not a problem. He’s a great player. I’ve always said that. I thought we kept him in check pretty well throughout the game. I know our fans were booing every time he touched the ball, and I didn’t think there were a lot of boos, so I guess he didn’t touch the ball much, which is good."
I'll add a couple of new posts above: one with Ljungberg reaction and one with more Sounders reaction.
CHI -- John Thorrington 1 (penalty kick) 28SEA -- Fredy Montero 9 (Tyson Wahl 1, Patrick Ianni 1) 36SEA -- Fredy Montero 10 (Nathan Sturgis 1, James Riley 3) 92+
Chicago Fire -- Sean Johnson, Steven Kinney, C.J. Brown, Gonzalo Segares, Krzysztof Krol, Patrick Nyarko (Calen Carr 86), Logan Pause, John Thorrington, Baggio Husidic, Collins John, Freddie Ljungberg.
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Banner, Brian McBride, Marco Pappa, Deris Umanzor, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Andrew Dykstra.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Freddie Ljungberg 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 18 (Gonzalo Segares 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (3 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Freddie Ljungberg 3); SAVES: 2 (Sean Johnson 2)
Seattle Sounders FC -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi (Steve Zakuani 62), Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis, Alvaro Fernandez (Roger Levesque 89), Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo (Nate Jaqua 82).
Substitutes Not Used: Tyrone Marshall, Zach Scott, Mike Seamon, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Fredy Montero 4); FOULS: 13 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Blaise Nkufo 1, Steve Zakuani 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Nathan Sturgis 6); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)
CHI -- Steven Kinney (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22
SEA -- Fredy Montero (caution; Reckless Foul) 24
SEA -- Blaise Nkufo (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 43
CHI -- Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Reckless Foul) 83
SEA -- Nate Jaqua (caution; Reckless Foul) 90
Referee: Ramon Hernandez
Referee's Assistants: -Corey Rockwell; Paul Scott
4th Official: Landis Wiley
Time of Game: 1:53
Stoppage time: Brilliant cross by Sturgis headed in with authority by Montero to put Seattle up in the 92nd minute. Tenth Montero goal of the season. Second assist to Riley.
90th minute: Yellow to Jaqua, who kind of slid spikes up into keeper Johnson trying to make something happen in the box.
Four minutes added time to go.
83rd minute: Yellow to Ljungberg, who plowed over Parke after losing the ball.
82nd minute: Nate Jaqua in, Nkufo out.
61st minute: Zakuani returns, replacing Nyassi.
Second half: Has begun... no substitutions.
Halftime: Chicago 1, Seattle 1.
Chicago had five shots, two on goal; Seattle had three shots, two on goal. Cautions to Kinney, Montero and Nkufo.
36th minute: Montero equalizes 1-1 with a brilliant bit of patience, taking a Tyson Wahl pass into the box, juking one defender and then finishing with confidence. Ianni also gets assist.
27th minute: Chicago moves ahead 1-0 on a penalty kick by John Thorrington following a handball in the box by Jeff Parke.
24th minute: Fredy Montero has just been yellow-carded for what seemed to be an intentional push-to-the-back dumping of Freddie Ljungberg.
20th minute: Sloppy mess of a game so far. Low on pace, high on brutal first touches.
Ljungberg: ... is being booed on every touch. Not A-Rod-at-Safeco loudly, but notably and (to me) inexplicably.
Kickoff: We're under way. Fire in white/white; Sounders in rave/blue.
Introductions: Freddie Ljungberg's introduction just drew a notable mixture of cheers and boos -- maybe more boos. But no major demonstration either way. A few seconds and off we went.
Lineups: We've just received the starting lineups for tonight's match: Chicago at Seattle.
For Seattle: GK Keller, D Riley, Parke, Ianni, Wahl; M Nyassi, Alonso, Sturgis, Fernandez; F Montero, Nkufo. Reserves: Boss, Jaqua, Leversque, Marshall, Scott, Seamon, Zakuani.
For Chicago: GK Johnson; D Kinney, Brown, Segares, Krol; M Narko, Pause, Thorrington, Husidic; F John, Ljungberg. Reserves: Dykstra, Banner, Pappa, McBride, Carr, Umanzor, Watson-Siriboe.
Pregame: At Qwest on what has turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. We'll keep this post open all evening for pregame, in-game and postgame notes and quotes and, of course, your comments.
Meanwhile, here's a note from the Sounders about tonight's Golden Scarf honoree:
WHO: Erik Martin, a Bellevue boy with cancer secretly known as "Electron Boy".
WHAT: Electron Boy will receive the Sounders FC "Golden Scarf" prior to the first kick of the Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire match on Saturday, August 28.
HOW: The Sounders FC Alliance members voted to recognize Electron Boy for his heroics to save the Sounders FC team from Dr. Dark on Thursday, April 29.
WHY: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1986, the chapter has granted more than 4,250 wishes to children in the Northwest and will grant 337 wishes this year alone.
Fans interested in supporting the Foundation can text ELECTRON to 90999 for a $5 donation (text messaging and data rates do apply).
For more information about the Foundation, including how you can help share the power of a wish® contact us at 800.304.WISH or visit our Web site at www.northwestwishes.org.
For more information visit www.SoundersFC.com.
And while we're passing along notes from the Sounders, here's one more:
The Sounders FC and Seattle Bank invite fans to help clean-up Occidental Park tomorrow afternoon. The event is part of "United We Serve", a monthly outreach program that provides players and fans an opportunity to volunteer in the community.
WHEN: Sunday, August 2 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.WHERE: Occidental Park in Pioneer Square
WHO: Seattle Sounders FC players, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission staff, Seattle Bank employees and fans, ages 12 and up.
WHAT: Clean-up Occidental Park and other areas in Pioneer Square.
HOW: Volunteers must check-in by 12:45 p.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt.