It took a stroke of good fortune at the end, but the Seattle Sounders remain the hottest team in Major League Soccer after notching a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
The clubs were even going into the 89th minute, when Zach Scott slipped a rolling pass in front of the Fire goal and defender Gonzalo Segares knocked it into his own net.
The win was Seattle’s fourth in a row, and seventh in its last eight matches.
Chicago (10-11-5) remains the only MLS club never to have beaten the Sounders (14-8-4).
The Fire opened the scoring in the 25th minute, as Mike Magee got behind the Seattle defense and beat goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to the far post.
The goal also ended a 310-minute shutout streak for Gspurning and the Sounders.
Seattle had a chance to pull even in the 31st minute, but Chicago keeper Sean Johnson managed to bat away an Osvaldo Alonso penalty kick.
The Sounders got one past Johnson nine minutes later. The play began with a cross into the box by Mauro Rosales. Johnson slapped it away, but midfielder Marc Burch sent it back in front of the goal mouth, where Lamar Neagle one-touched it into the net for his seventh goal of the season, tying him for the club lead.