MLS Game Summary - Seattle at Chicago

(Saturday, May 2, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Seattle 1, Chicago 1

Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC battled to a 1-1 draw in front of 10,288 fans at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

Playing up a man for most of the second half, the Fire's Marco Pappa scored the game's first goal in the 68th minute before Tyrone Marshall equalized for the visitors six minutes later.

Earning a share of the points was significant for Seattle, not only because it played down a man, but because it was on the road at one of Major League Soccer's top teams.

Chicago, which dominated most of the first half, had its best early chance just 20 minutes in when forward Patrick Nyarko rattled a hard shot off the far post.

The Fire (2-0-5) got a break three minutes after the break when referee Jasen Anno issued Sounders attacker Freddie Montero a red card for an elbow to the side of the head to Gonzalo Segares.

The home side was able to finally break through 20 minutes later when Pappa knocked home his third goal of the season after a set-up from Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Pappa drilled a shot just inside the near post from the top of the box after Blanco danced at the edge of the area to draw in the defense before laying off a pass to the Guatemalan midfielder.

The goal was the first given up by Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller this season.

Seattle (4-2-1) equalized in the 74th minute when Tyrone Marshall one-timed a Freddie Ljungberg corner kick past Fire 'keeper Jon Busch to earn a share of the points.

The Fire host Eastern rival New England next Saturday in its next league fixture while Seattle hosts Los Angeles a day later in its next MLS match.

05/02 23:10:26 ET