Here are the stats:
Chicago Fire - Sean Johnson, Bratislav Ristic, Yamith Cuesta, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares, Daniel Paladini, Logan Pause, Dominic Oduro, Corben Bone (Gaston Puerari 66), Diego Chaves (Patrick Nyarko 54), Cristian Nazarit (Orr Barouch 78)
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway, Dasan Robinson, Jalil Anibaba, Baggio Husidic
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 15; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 3.
Seattle Sounders FC - Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales (Roger Levesque 66), Lamar Neagle, Mike Fucito (Servando Carrasco 81), Nate Jaqua (Fredy Montero 54)
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 5.
Misconduct Summary:SEA - Mike Fucito (caution; Reckless Foul) 33SEA - Tyson Wahl (caution; Reckless Foul) 36CHI - Diego Chavez (caution; Reckless Foul) 46+ Referee: Terry VaughnReferee's Assistants: Jason Cullum; Corey Parker4th Official: Michael KennedyAttendance: 13,839Weather: Sunny and 76 degrees
I'll be back with notes and quotes.
67th minute: Levesque in for Rosales.
54th minute: Montero in for Jaqua. Joins Fucito up top.
Second half: ,,, has begun. No subs.
Halftime: Nil nil. First chunk of half slightly to Sounders, the rest fairly to Fire.
36th minute: Yellow to Wahl. There was a moment when it seemed red was possible.
33rd minute: Yellow to Fucito.
32nd minute: In KONG sideline interview, Schmid acknowledges Chicago has taken the better of the action in recent minutes. He also says the heat isn't the factor it might have been in Chicago this time of year.
First 30 minutes: Entertaining first half hour, with good chances both ways. However, both keepers up to the challenges.
22nd minute: Rosales down apparently in a good deal of pain after hacking scissors tackle by Segares. (Montero warming up just in case.)
First 15 minutes: Very entertaining, free-flowing game so far. Chicago coming out with energy for their new coach, as would have been expected. And really, despite a low-enough point total to get their coach fired, they are not trash: five draws in their last six games shows that they're close enough to hang around with everyone.
10th minute: My story from this morning notwithstanding, there is near-perfect weather in the Chicagoland area ... and an unfortunate number of empty seats at Toyota Park.
Sixth minute: How are Sounders not up 1-0? Wonderful cross by Rosales onto the head of Neagle, who hits its nicely on goal. But Johnson got there for the save.
Kickoff: We're under way -- in nice weather. Sounders in green/green; Fire in red/red.
Lineup: For the Sounders: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Hurtado, Wahl; M Evans, Alonso, Rosalesm, Neagle; F Fucito, Jaqua.
Pregame: OK, enough of that whole international soccer thing. Time for some domestic: Sounders at Chicago Fire, 5:30 p.m. We'll keep this post open all night for some hopefully happier comments.