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Fire in 0-0 draw; Sounders will be No. 1 at break

The Chicago Fire played to a scoreless draw Wednesday night in Colorado, and now will turn its attention to its match against the Sounders at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

"They played a different lineup, but some of the same people, especially down the middle of the field: (Chris) Ridder played, and (Jhon Kennedy) Hurtado, and (Bakary) Soumare and (Jeff) Larentowicz. Those guys were the same guys," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "It was just good to see the game and see the rhythm of the game, how they defended. Like I said, they’re a team that makes it very difficult to break them down because they often defend with a block of four and a block of five."

Also Wednesday, Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 draw at Columbus. RSL's single point in the standings assures that the Sounders will head into MLS' World Cup break as the Supporters Shield leader.

"It’s just a good place to be," Schmid said. "We moved to the top, we’ve been there now a number of weeks. Like I said (it’s harder to stay there than to get there), and I think this year we’re showing a little more resiliency in terms of trying to stay there, and so from that standpoint I’m proud of the fact. The team should be very happy with what we achieved. Going into it – even though it’s not halfway – going into the break time, having those points accumulated and in the bank gives you a good feeling, but you still have to keep working."

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