On an unusually bright evening at Qwest field, the Sounders despatched Chicago in front of 36,223 faithful.
The result belied Seattle’s domination of play. O’Brian White started the scoring in the 6th minute with a powerful curving header launched from between two defenders 12 yards out.
The eruption heard afterward was either the rapturous Seattle fans, or the distant groans of “Oh no, not again” from the general direction of Toronto.
It was a wonderfully flighted cross from Rosales and a finish to match from the young striker. Early in his Seattle career, White seems to be flourishing in a more traditional ‘target man’ role, having bagged quality headed goals in each of the last two games.
That lead wouldn’t last, however, as Diego Chaves took a well placed Puerari cross and rolled the ball cleanly into the corner of the net in the 8th.
It was a fairly easy chance as the Sounders defense were caught napping, and Parke stumbled just as the Chicago forward took the ball. After an Eric Friberg miss (on a sitter) from a few yards out in the 22nd, Steve Zakuani put his pace and skill on full display.
He tore past Fire rookie CB Anibaba on the outside, then short sided GK Sean Johnson to put Seattle back in front in the 24th.
Seattle goalkeeper Casey Keller was full value as man of the match. He was required to make just four saves, but they ranged from very good to exceptional.
Zakuani missed a great opportunity to put the Sounders two up in the 76th.
He brought down a long pass reasonably well, then turned Logan Pause inside out before firing the finish well wide. Newcomer Puerari and Diego Chaves seemed the class of Chicago’s side.
The Sounders defense – playing their first unit for the first time this year – played well overall, but did surrender two or three easy opportunities through the middle.
While Seattle owned the run of play, Chicago did have their chances. The Sounders get more help next week, as Fredy Montero is expected back from injury.
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