Two former teammates did battle in the MLS on Saturday night, but Brian McBride and Kasey Keller had to settle for a point each after an entertaining contest.
Chicago Fire’s bright start to the season – inspired by McBride’s enduring sharpness in front of goal – would have been even better had they been able to hold onto the commanding leads they established. It was a similar story this weekend as they led the Seattle Sounders for just six minutes. Midfielder Marco Pappa give them the lead and it was the first goal Keller had conceded since swapping the Fulham goal for life back in the States. Before being beaten by Pappa, the former American international ‘keeper had gone some 456 minutes without letting in a goal.
The Sounders didn’t have to wait long for their equaliser though as Tyrone Marshall finished clinically from a corner. Keller was happy enough with the draw afterwards, especially as striker Freddy Montero was sent off early in the second half.
I thought Chicago was the better team first half. We rode our luck a little bit. We felt we could sort out our issues at half time. The red card changed the game. We went down a man, conceded the goal, scored and then shut it down.