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Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Highlights, stats and quotes

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“It’s frustrating when you can’t generate chances.” - Brian Schmetzer

A lackluster MLS is Back Tournament continued for the Seattle Sounders as they fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire on Tuesday. The match kicked off a 9 AM local time and the Sounders never really woke up. Although they dominated possession, they lacked anything like a sustained attack and finished with just seven total shots. Jordy Delem, a late sub, actually led the team with two shots.

The Sounders will now need a win in their group stage finale against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday to have any hope of advancing to the knockout stage.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Chicago Fire FC 2

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Referee: Rosendo Mendoza

Assistants: Kathryn Nesbitt, Jeremy Kieso

Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal

VAR: Allen Chapman

Attendance: None

Weather: 84 degrees and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

CHI - Robert Beric (Mauricio Pineda) 52’

SEA - Handwalla Bwana (Jordan Morris) 77’

CHI - Mauricio Pineda (Gaston Gimenez) 84’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

CHI - Fabian Herbers (caution) 22’

SEA - Shandon Hopeau (caution) 41’

SEA - Yeimar Gómez Andrade (caution) 60’

SEA - Raúl Ruidíaz (caution) 90’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Alex Roldan 85’), Yeimar Gómez Andrade (Shane O’Neill 62’), Xavier Arreaga (Jordy Delem 85’), Nouhou; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Shandon Hopeau (Jordan Morris HT), Nicolás Lodeiro, Miguel Ibarra (Handwalla Bwana 59’); Raúl Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Trey Muse, Stefan Cleveland, Joshua Atencio, Ethan Dobbelaere, Danny Leyva, Justin Dhillon

Total shots: 7 (Delem, 2)

Shots on goal: 1 (Bwana, 1)

Fouls: 12 (Gómez Andrade, 4)

Offside: 4 (Ruidíaz, 3)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Lodeiro, 2)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)

Chicago Fire FC - Kenneth Kronholm; Boris Sekulic, Mauricio Pineda, Francisco Calvo (Wyatt Omsberg 75’); Przemyslaw Frankowski, Fabian Herbers (Djordje Mihailovic 68’), Gaston Gimenez, Alvaro Medran (Luka Stojanovic 75’), Jonathan Bornstein (Miguel Angel Navarro HT); C.J. Sapong, Robert Beric (Elliot Collier 90’+1’)

Substitutes not used: Connor Sparrow, Gabriel Slonina, Andre Reynolds, Nicholas Slonina, Brandt Bronico, Javier Casas, Ignacio Aliseda

Total shots: 10 (Beric, 5)

Shots on goal: 5 (Beric, 3)

Fouls: 9 (Frankowski, 2)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 5 (Gimenez, 3)

Saves: 0

POST-MATCH QUOTES: SOUNDERS FC 1 – CHICAGO FIRE FC 2

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On only managing seven shots:

“I mean, seven shots – some of that was probably just our emphasis on possession in the first half, maybe not as direct as normal. Some of that might have been at the end of the game, when we were chasing the game, we were putting a lot of crosses in…It’s frustrating when you can’t generate chances, but that’s always the hardest thing to get when you’re in preseason. ”

SOUNDERS FC FORWARD JORDAN MORRIS – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On making an impact as a halftime substitute:

“Just tried to come in and make a difference. When guys are tired, [I try] to come in with fresh legs and use my pace to get in behind. Obviously we’re all frustrated and it’s a disappointing result. We wanted to come away with a win and I think we had a lot of possession and we need to create better chances. I think that’s the main goal for us and should be the main goal going forward.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER HANDWALLA BWANA – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On his goal and instructions given when he entered the game:

”The goal was a hell of an assist from Jordan Morris. I knew I had to get into the six [yard box] because in practice that’s what Jordan is good at – he gets down the line…and I have to finish it. My instruction off the bench was to change the game. That’s my job every time I come in, and Schmetzer gave me clear instruction to come in and run on the defenders and try to change the game…but unfortunately we didn’t get the win.”