The Seattle Sounders overcame the tough road challenge in Chicago today, by defeating Fire with 4-1, making a statement that they have high ambitions this season.
In the opening game of the day, Brian Schmetzer’s boys outplayed the hosts, who were on the verge of making a comeback, but ran out of fuel in the decisive moments.
The start of the game was shocking for all the fans at SeatGeek Stadium. The guests were up 2-0 after only 15 minutes of play.
Seattle players stole the ball in the midfield, Morris took it on the right wing and made a perfect assist to Victor Rodriguez who was at the far post. The Spaniard didn’t have any problems to execute and to bring the lead to the visitors.
Just seven minutes after that, Sounders doubled the lead. The goal came after Jordan Morris’ individual effort. The 25-year old avoided two defenders and beat Chicago’s goalkeeper who came out off the line.
That was the result at the halftime, and it was mostly because of the fantastic Stefan Frei, who made seven saves for the Sounders, keeping their net intact in this part of the contest.
The Swiss goalkeeper was without a doubt the factor which decided the game in general.
Some three minutes after the start of the second half, another shocker for the hosts. Fire defender Marcelo made a clumsy tackle on Rodriguez, and the referee awarded a penalty for the Sounders. Nicolas Lodeiro calmly converted it and lifted his team to a 3-0 lead.
The hosts recovered in the 56th minute when Raheem Edwards decreased the lead of the guests. C.J. Sapong made a nice cross which fell right on Edward’s head, and the Canadian finally beat Frei.
Fabian Herbers added one more in the 84th and woke up Fires’ sleepy fans who were quiet throughout most of the event. But that noise didn’t last too long, because of Raul Ruidiaz who sealed the fate of the hosts some two minutes before the end of the regulation.s
Up next Fire host New York Red Bulls on 30th March, while Sounders play against Whitecaps in Vancouver on the same day.