SEATTLE, Wash. (June 23, 2018) – In an end-to-end match that saw 33 combined shots taken, the Chicago Fire (5-7-5, 20 points) took a share of the points in a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders (3-8-3, 14 points) on Saturday evening at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
Aleksandar Katai opened scoring in the 9th minute when he received the ball from Jorge Corrales on the left flank. Katai chipped the ball forward for Brandt Bronico, who chested it down and played a backheel pass back to Katai. The Serbian took two touches to settle before sending his right-footed blast from distance past a diving Stefan Frei to give the Fire the 1-0 lead. The assist was Bronico’s fourth in four career MLS regular season start.
Clint Dempsey equalized in the 22nd minute to draw the Sounders level.
A hard push for the match-winner went deep into stoppage time, but late looks from Katai, Nemanja Nikolić, and second half substitution Alan Gordon, were unsuccessful.
The Men in Red return home to home to host New York City FC at Toyota Park on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Univision Deportes Chicago 1200AM). Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. CT with a live pregame show on ESPN+ presented by CIBC.
Tickets for the match, which is presented by CIBC, are available by calling 888-MLS-FIRE or visiting www.chicago-fire.com/tickets.
Chicago Fire 1:1 Seattle Sounders FC
June 23, 2018 – CenturyLink Field
CHI – Aleksandar Katai (Brandt Bronico) 9’
SEA – Clint Dempsey (Will Bruin, Harry Shipp) 22’
CHI – Bastian Schweinsteiger (caution) 44’
CHI – Jonathan Campbell (caution) 62’
Chicago Fire: Richard Sánchez; Diego Campos (Rafael Ramos 72’), Jonathan Campbell, Brandon Vincent, Jorge Corrales; Brandt Bronico, Dax McCarty ©, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Aleksandar Katai, Nemanja Nikolić (Alan Gordon 89'), Luis Solignac (Elliot Collier 60’)
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland; Christian Dean, Mo Adams, Tony Tchani
Shots: 15; Shots On-Goal: 7; Fouls: 11; Saves: 6; Offsides: 6; Corners: 7.
Seattle Sounders FC: Stefan Frei, Cristian Roldan, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Nouhou, Osvaldo Alonso © (Alex Roldan 84'), Nicolas Lodiero, Harry Shipp (Jordan McCrary 72’), Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Magnus Wolff Eikrem 69’), Will Bruin
Subs not used: Bryan Meredith, Tony Alfaro, Jordy Delem, Waylon Francis
Shots: 18; Shots On-Goal: 7; Fouls: 8; Saves: 6; Offsides: 4; Corners: 6.