Goals and Highlights: Seattle Sounders 2-1 Chicago Fire in 2020 MLS
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FINAL

Seattle comes out on top after an eventful 2nd half. 2 goals from Jordan Morris save the champions from a surprising defeat on the opening day of the season.

90'+5

Chicago continues to look for the equalizer. 

90'+4

They did not capitalize

90'+4

A free-kick for Chicago in a wide position. Can they capitalize?

90'+3 GOAL

A goal off of a flick-on from a corner for Jordan Morris!!!

90'+2

Seattle is in total control of the ball to start the added-on time. No chances as of yet.

90' 6 minutes added on

There are six minutes of time added on

88'

Off the post! Morris gets put through on the left side but he has to slide to keep the ball in play. The slow-rolling ball is trickly back-heeled by Ruidiaz into the post and out of play.

86' Substitution

ON: Nouhou Tolo

OFF: Jordy Delem

85' Yellow Card

Joao Paulo gets a yellow card for what I thought was the second time but I guess he was not shown a yellow card for the first incident. Update: The earlier yellow card was to Jordy Delem

82'

A series of corners lead to nothing for the Fire.

81'

Some strong running down the left from Collier gets him past his defender and his shot to the back post gets saved from Frei.

80' Substitution

ON: Michael Azira

OFF: Fabian Herbers

80' Yellow Card

Joao Paulo given a yellow card for arguing with the ref Update: It is Jordy Delem who gets the yellow card, not Joao Paulo.

79'

A dangerous cross goes towards Morris but his header is blocked for a corner. The corner results in a clearance from Chicago.

77'

Chicago has control of the ball right now but they can't find that killer pass.

73' Substistuion

ON: Harry Shipp OFF: Miguel Ibarra

73'

Collier takes a shot that forces Frei into a good save.

72'

It's Ruidiaz' turn to miss an open net. Morris chips the ball for Delem who passes the ball past the onrushing GK to Ruidiaz who has a tap in but he fluffs his lines.

70' Substitution

ON: Elliot Collier

OFF: Djordje Mihailovic

69'

After a strong start to the half, the Chicago Fire hasn't been able to keep hold of the ball at all. Seattle has really taken control of the game.

67'

Play has resumed after Herbers and Delem receive treatment.

65'

A crunching tackle has left a player from each team on the ground injured.

64'

Pineda lines up a shot from just outside the 18-yard box but it goes high and wide.

62' GOAL

Jordan Morris decided to put it in himself! Roldan puts in a dangerous low ball and Jordan Morris just gets ahead of Bronico to put the ball into the back of the net.

59'

Another Jordan Morris cross from the left-hand side ends up in the path of Miguel Ibarra who really needs to score there. It was a wide-open net and the American's shot went well over the bar.

58' NO GOAL

Roldan's goal has been ruled out for offside after the VAR check.

56' GOAL

Goal for Christian Roldan after a low cross from Jordan Morris! Update: the referee has gone to the VAR monitor.

54'

A poor clearance from the Chicago GK leads to a Seattle chance. Luckily for him, his defense bails him out and he's able to get a hold of the loose ball from Seattle's attack. 

52'

Play resumes after an injury to a Chicago player

47'

Seattle try to react instantly but the attack gets cleared by Chicago.

46' GOAL

Robert Beric fires Chicago Fire in front (pun intended)! A long ball is chested down by Mihailovic to Beric who sends his hard shot into the back of the net only 45 seconds into the second half.

46'

The second half has kicked off. 

45' Substitution

Halftime sub

OFF: Danny Leyva

ON: Jordan Morris

First-half stats

SEA - CHI

Shots: 8 - 6

On Target: 3 - 1

Possession: 50% - 50%

Fouls: 6 - 6

HALFTIME

Seattle 0 - 0 Chicago. Raphael Wicky will be happy with his side's performance in the first half. 

45+2

A good one-touch passing move leads to a shot from Bronico. He skies it though and a goal kick is the product.

45+2

The half seems to be winding down. Not a lot of big events happening at the moment. Lots of little fouls over the last 10 minutes. 

45' three minutes added on

Three minutes of time has been added on at the end of the half.

42'

A cross from Frankowski gets deflected out for a corner. Nothing comes from it.

40'

Interesting stat: Chicago has never won away to any of the Cascadian teams (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver).

38'

Chicago has been the better side but Seattle has still been dangerous in transition. This is shaping up to be an interesting game.

35'

A good move from Chicago leads to a shot that is parried by Frei. The rebound is bundled in by Mihailovic but he was offside. The goal is ruled out.

34'

It's Arreaga's turn to take a shot from way too far out. His shot rolls out for a Chicago goal kick

32'

A counter-attack starting from a Paulo tackle ends in Kronholm taking the ball off of Paulo's feet.

30'

Seattle is clearly struggling from a CCL hangover at the moment. They have had a poor start to the game. Chicago has also made it difficult for them with their promising start.

28'

A goal from Robert Beric is ruled out for offside.

26'

Robert Beric takes a shot from long range but it goes just wide the target.

23'

A point-blank save from Kronholm! The ball bounces around in the box and a shot from Ruidiaz deflects to Ibarra, who's shot gets saved from point-blank range. The ensuing corner has a header from Ibarra that goes just wide.

21'

Joao Paulo sends Delem down the left side but a one-two with Roldan ends with Roldan slightly overhitting his through ball and the ball gets cleared for a corner. Nothing comes from the corner.

19'

An optimistic shot from Kappelhof slowly rolls out of bounds for a goal kick

16'

Chicago is dominating possession right now with the Fire seeing 68% of the ball.

13'

Mihailovic opens his body to hit a ball first time but his shot goes well over

12'

Frankowski sends in a dangerous cross that gets punched clear by Frei.

11'

Play resumes after Kappelhof had to be attended to for an injury.

10'

Ibarra tries to chip the goalkeeper who was out of his six-yard box but he doesn't quite get the elevation that he needed.

9'

Cross sent in by Medran gets chested down from a Seattle player into the welcoming arms of Stefan Frei

6'

Kelvin Leerdam's header off the corner goes well over.

5'

We resume play after Paulo took a boot to the face from Beric.

3'

Leerdam crosses well into the box and the Ibarra shot forces a point-blank save from Kronholm.

2'

A good passage of play from Chicago to start the game but the final cross goes out for a goal kick. 

1' KICKOFF

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And there's the new banner for the champions! 

 

A lovely trophy presentation from Seattle Sounders just now.

ESPN is currently showing an NCAA Men's Basketball game so that is probably why the pregame is where it is. 

 

Today's benches

Seattle: Cleveland, Gomez Andrade, Nouhou, A. Roldan, Shipp, Morris, Dhillon

Chicago: Shuttleworth, Azira, Gutjahr, Collier, Omserg, Navarro, Slonina

Seattle Sounders: Starting Xl

Frei; Leerdam, O'Neill, Arreaga, Jones; Delem, Leyva, Roldan, Paulo, Ibarra, Ruidiaz

Chicago Fire: Starting Xl

Kronholm; Bronico, Kappelhof, Calvo, Bornstein; Pineda, Medran, Frankowski, Mihailovic, Herbers; Beric

Everything ready inside Seattle's locker room for the match.  The home team will wear their traditional kit consisting of green shirt and blue shorts.

The Seattle Sounders are keeping a close eye on the current coronavirus outbreak situation and have installed a good number of hand sanitizer stations to help.

The Chicago Fire has also arrived at Century Link Field hoping to score a victory.

Will they crash the Sounders' party?

 

The current holders of the MLS Cup have arrived to their home ground to play this first regular season match against the Chicago Fire.

A renewed Chicago Fire hired coach Raphael Wicky to try to become title contender again.

Their last season was quite poor and left them without playoff chances. Today will be a good test to see what their chances are.

The Seattle Sounders were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League by Olimpia in a penalty shootout at Century Link Field.

Can the MLS Cup champions rally back and start their league campaign with a win?

Fixture history

In 15 regular-season meetings, Seattle has won 8 games while Chicago has won only 2. The remaining 5 ended in draws. Seattle will hope that history is on their side today. 

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Chicago Fire: Last Lineup

Kronholm; Kappelhof, Schweinsteiger, Calvo, Bornstein, Bronico, McCarty, Katai, Gaitan, Frankowski, Sapong

Seattle Sounders: Last Lineup

Frei; Leerdam, O'Neill, Arreaga, Tolo, Roldan, Delem, Jones, Paulo, Morris, Ruidiaz

Chicago Fire: Team News

Similar to their opponents, there are no injuries to report for the Chicago Fire. However, they have signed a lot of players very close to the start of the season, so expect a big-name player to be on the bench. Chicago fans will be wishing for a relatively injury-free season for the team.

Seattle Sounders: Team News

By the looks of it, Seattle has a clean bill of health to start the new season. The Sounders fans will be hoping that the injury bug does not come around this season. If it does, any potential success could be in doubt.

Time to start anew

The Chicago Fire basically hit the reset button this offseason. They moved back to Soldier Field, they hired a new coach, they changed their logo, and they got rid of all three of their DPs. The fans will hope that the total restart will be the catalyst for future success.

A repeat on the cards?

Seattle was the MLS Cup Champions last year, yet somehow they've improved their squad. With the key additions of Joao Paulo and Yeimar Gomez Andrade, the sky is the limit for the 2019 champs. Will the fans see a repeat this year or will another team take Seattle's thrown? 

Kick-off time

The Seattle Sounders vs Chicago Fire match will be played at the CenturyLink Field, in Seattle, Washington. The kick-off is scheduled at 3:00 pm ET.

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