Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 2-0 loss on Tuesday against Seattle Sounders FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at CenturyLink Field in Seattle:
How it happened: The Sounders' Fredy Montero tallied the game-winner in the 77th minute as he scored off of a rebound. Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson had the initial save on Jeff Parke's header, but Montero was there to clean up. Then for good measure, Osvaldo Alonso added a goal five minutes into stoppage time, zipping past the Fire's Pavel Pardo, Logan Pause and Patrick Nyarko, past Johnson and placing the ball into the net. Seattle was the clear offensive force all game as Montero hit the left post in first-half stoppage time and the Sounders' Mike Fucito hit the right post in the 53rd. The Fire's closest scoring opportunity came in the 39th minute when Marco Pappa took a deep strike that deflected off of Chicago forward Dominic Oduro, but Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller dove to his left for the save.
What it means: The Sounders won their third straight Open Cup title after winning in 2009 over D.C. United and the Columbus Crew in 2010. The Fire moved to 4-2 in Open Cup finals. Chicago lost the 2004 final to the Kansas City Wizards, while winning the 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 Open Cups.
Outside the box: As expected, the Seattle faithful and some folks traveling from Chicago packed in a U.S. Open Cup record crowd of 35,615 at CenturyLink Field.
Up next: The Fire resume MLS play when they host FC Dallas for the second leg of the Brimstone Cup at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Toyota Park.