"There's no positives to take away from this," Sigi Schmid said in his post-game comments on TV after the loss. Seattle Sounders FC had bare chances and kept themselves in a match that could easily have ended nil-nil. But, when Gonzalo Pineda fluffed a late free kick the Chicago Fire burst out on a counter. Michael Stephens slipped Jason Johnson into danger and the Fire man punished Troy Perkins.
It was only early in the second half when Sounders looked like they could pull off a win. After being dominated in the first 45, saved only by Troy Perkins and a Fire team that can't finish, Seattle was able to maintain some possession and threaten. Cristian Roldan blasted the crossbar, but could not get a goal.
Throughout the evening the Sounders were unable to complete passes in the attacking third. Their chances came on route one balls. Sean Johnson was forced to move, but didn't need to make quality saves.
Reviewing Sigi's words, this was a match that the Sounders could have stolen, but they did not. Instead they blew it. Now with the fourth loss in the last five matches, the question of "where does the offense come from?" remains unanswered.
- Tyrone Mears was the best attacking player on the pitch tonight. He was the second best defensive player. Seattle nearly lost him to a concussion.
- Troy Perkins is a fine keeper. After 135 minutes in MLS play he looks to be like a league average starter. It's depth like that should help when the CONCACAF Champions League starts.
- Chad Marshall made two uncharacteristic poor defensive plays. He quit on a ball he thought was out-of-touch and slipped. Both times the Fire Chicago'd so nothing came of it.
- If Route One is the path to success for the attack, then Chad Barrett can't be a starting forward. He was beaten too often in footraces. Craven and Jones are both better suited to the style that nearly worked in this loss.