Sounders win it, 2-1.
Seattle moves to 14-8-4 on season. The Sounders have won seven of their last eight matches. Fire remains winless in all-time series.
Here are some notes from the club:
• Sounders FC extended its club record home unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3), matching the San Jose Earthquakes for the longest home unbeaten streak this season.
• Seattle has won its past four outings and has seven wins in the past eight games. • Sounders FC is unbeaten in eight all-time meetings (5-0-3) with the Chicago Fire in MLS. • The match marked the third game in eight days for Sounders FC, going 3-0-0. It marked the fifth time in 11 all-time attempts that Seattle went unbeaten in a stretch of three games in eight days, and the third time they have come away with three wins. • After beginning the season 0-7-0 when conceding first, Sounders FC has gone 2-1-1 in the past four games when allowing the first goal. • Lamar Neagle and Marc Burch connected for a goal in the second straight game. Burch also assisted on Neagle’s game-winner against Chivas USA on September 4.
• Lamar Neagle scored his career-high seventh goal of the season, matching Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins for the team-lead. Neagle has scored in back-to-back games for the second time this season and his 12 career goals for Sounders FC ranks sixth in club history. • Marc Burch matched his career-high with his third assist of the season, with all three assists in his past four games. Burch recorded assists in back-to-back games for the second time in his eight-year career and first time since 2007. He now has 16 career assists in regular-season play. • The goal ended Seattle’s shutout streak at 311 minutes, which is the sixth-longest shutout streak in MLS this season. The streak was the team’s longest of the season and fifth-longest in club history.
• The missed penalty kick marked Seattle’s first unsuccessful attempt since Mauro Rosales put his shot wide left in a 2-1 home loss to Real Salt Lake on September 10, 2011. Seattle has converted its past five attempts in league play. The miss was Osvaldo Alonso’s first missed penalty kick in MLS after converting his previous attempt in 2011. Alonso has converted four of six penalty attempts across all competitions for Sounders FC.
• Jhon Kennedy Hurtado made his 100th appearance for Sounders FC, joining Osvaldo Alonso (132), Fredy Montero (119) and Brad Evans (107). • Andy Rose made his sixth start of the MLS season and first start since a 2-0 home win against D.C. United on July 3, 2013. • Lamar Neagle has made the most consecutive starts (11) for Sounders FC, dating back to July 6. • It was the third own-goal received of the season for Seattle. The last two—tonight and August 10 at Toronto—were game-winning goals for Sounders FC. • Leo Gonzalez now has four yellow cards and is one caution from receiving an automatic one-game suspension for accumulation. Gonzalez has three games remaining to receive the good behavior incentive. Djimi Traore also has four yellow cards but can no longer use the good behavior incentive. • Sounders FC hosted its 82nd consecutive sellout with 38,503 in attendance.
89" GOAL Seattle. Own goal off Fire's Gonzalo Segares. Zack Scott had threaded it in front of the goal. Soundes, 2-1.
82' Zach Scott on for Marc Burch.
79' David Estrada on for Mauro Rosales.
Second half: ... has just begun. One Chicago change: Juan Luis Anangono on for Mike Magee.
Goals 1-1; shots 11-7 SEA; on goal 3-3; corners 4-3 SEA; duels won, 55.6% SEA; possession, 54.6 SEA.
40' GOAL Sounders. Lamar Neagle again, this time getting his foot to a nice Marc Burch cross to the front of the goalmouth. 1-1. Seventh goal of the season for Neagle, pulling him even with Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins for the team lead.
31' Sean Johnson makes nice save on Osvalso Alonso PK.
25' GOAL Fire. Mike Magee gets behind Seattle defense and beats Gspurning to far post. Three-game and 310-minute shutout streak over. Magee's 15th goal of the season. Chicago, 1-0.
First 15 minutes: Up and down action. Obafemi Martins has had chances, including one very good chance provided by brilliant Neagle moves and pass. But Oba fired well over bar.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Fire in red/red.
Lineup: Gspurning; Yedlin, Hurtado, Traore, Gonzalez; Rosales (C), Alonso, Rose, Burch; Neagle, Martins. Reserves: Hahnemann, Scott, Ianni, Carrasco, Estrada, Zavaleta, Caskey.
Obafemi Martins returns lineup after missing four games with an ankle sprain. And with Seattle playing its third game in either days, Andy Rose brings fresh legs in his first start since July 3. This will mark Hurtado's 100th regular-season appearance with the club.
For the Fire: Johnson; Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares; Alex, Pause (C), Larentowicz, Duka, Rolfe; Magee. Reserves: Tornaghi, Jumper, Paladini, Nyarko, Anangono, Amarikwa, Thompson.
Pregame: It's a sunny afternoon at CenturyLink Field about two hours before first kick of Sounders-Fire. Coverage will begin on NBCSN at 7 p.m. Pacific, but the actual first kick is scheduled for 7:23. The game also can be heard on usual radio outlets. I will keep this blog open, and also have updates on Twitter @donruiztnt.