MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 11:05:47
Jun 8, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Toyota Park
Chicago Fire
2-3
SeattleSeattle Sounders
Shipp (41', 82')
Kennedy Hurtado (37')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Martins (31', 38'), Neagle (78')
Martins (42')

Result: Obafemi Martins brace sees Seattle Sounders edge out Chicago Fire

Obafemi Martins scores twice but is also sent off as the Seattle Sounders earn a narrow win in their MLS clash with the Chicago Fire.

The Seattle Sounders extended their lead at the top of the MLS Western Conference with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Fire.

Seattle should have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Obafemi Martins raced through on goal and rounded Sean Johnson, but he missed the target with the goal gaping.

Martins atoned for his error in the 31st minute when he collected Brad Evans's cross at the near post and managed to fire an effort through Johnson and into the net.

The Sounders were handed the chance to double their lead when Jhon Kennedy Hurtado was sent off for a second bookable offence for bringing down Martins in the area. The striker took the spot kick and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

However, the Fire got a goal back almost immediately when Harrison Shipp weaved his way into the box and then placed a left-footed shot beyond the reach of Stefan Frei.

Seattle were then reduced to 10 men when Martins was shown a red card for apparently striking Benji Joya in the aftermath of the Fire's goal.

Quincy Amarikwa had the chance to bring his side level in the 59th minute as Joya's shot deflected into his path six yards from goal, but Frei made a fantastic point-blank stop to keep his side ahead.

The Sounders responded to this threat as they found the net for the third time when Lamar Neagle took control of a loose ball in the box and placed an effort into the top corner with a stunning strike.

Chicago weren't done as they rallied back through Shipp, who blasted an effort into top corner from the edge of the box.

Juan Luis Anangono had the chance to earn a point for the Fire late on, but his low shot was well saved by Frei as the Sounders secured the win.

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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