Full Time: The Chicago Fire came to life in the second half scoring two goals. Seattle needed to find a way to finish the match. It was Raul Ruidiaz that corrected the earlier errors as he and Brad Smith burst out. Their counter-attack put the match out of the way. Smith’s early cross put Raul in on net, with a single touch forcing Ousted to empty the net. It is Raul’s third goal of the year and his eighth consecutive match with a goal.
The nervy second half may overshadow memories of the two-goal flurry that started the game and laid the foundation for the 4-2 win, Seattle’s third-straight of 2019 and the first time they’ve opened a season with three wins since 2009.
Sounders: 4 (Rodriguez, Morris, Lodeiro, Ruidiaz)
Fire: 2 (Edwards, Herbers)
UPDATE 49’: In the first 15 minutes of a half the Seattle Sounders are unstoppable. The black-clad men burst out in the second half with the same magic that started the first. Victor Rodriguez but Bastian Schweinsteiger on his butt with an excellent dribble and a single touch later the only thing the Fire could do was take him out in the box. Nicolas Lodeiro stepped to the spot to finish the sequence, chipping the keeper with the shot from the spot.
Chicago made two subs by the start of the second half, an indicator that their original plan was completely broken.
Sounders: 3 (Rodriguez, Morris, Lodeiro)
UPDATE 15’: It’s the Jordan Morris show in Bridgeview, Illinois. Set back in defense Nicolas Lodeiro picked out a brilliant pass to Morris who was sprinting on goal. Morris used the perfect touch to open space for himself. Jordan was then on goal against the keeper who couldn’t stop the USMNT forward. The delicate chip was the perfect shot after a perfect touch.
Sounders: 2 (Morris, Rodriguez)
UPDATE 8’: With a slashing run Jordan Morris established just enough space for a far post cross. His low ball found Victor Rodriguez in stride. V8R slipped the ball home with an easy one touch. Raul Ruidiaz earned the secondary assist.
Sounders: 1 (Rodriguez)
It’s time for coffee, eggs, and the continuing dominance of the Seattle Sounders. Their weekend trip to Chicago offers another chance at victory. The Chicago Fire are recently competent, but also recently bad.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: No one.
Fire: Jorge Corrales is suspended. Andre Reynolds II is out. Aleksandar Katai is questionable due to a groin injury.
Joseph Dickerson is the center referee. His video assistant is Kevin Stott.
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you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game
- Pounce early. Keep pouncing.
- Have Cristian trace Djordje Mihailovic. One is World Cup quality and the other is Gold Cup quality.
- Set-piece defense, as C.J. Sapong can convert.
How I'm watching
Scarf: Enemy’s goal is down
How to Watch
Match date/time: Saturday March 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. (that’s early)
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, kind of near Chicago
Online Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN+, Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Local English TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Fewing, Zakuani)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Fewing)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
The only change is on the bench where Alex Roldan replaces Will Bruin as Bruin is home with his wife, who is expecting child any day.
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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