Seattle’s physicality was allowed by the referees from the very beginning—physicality that continued throughout the match. It was dirty and at times unnecessary, yet it was effective.
What has been somewhat lost in the discussion of the Fire’s defeat was a disallowed goal in the 61st minute.
If given, it would have cancelled out a Sounders lead established six minutes before the break when David Estrada's effort was deflected off Arne Friedrich for an own goal.
However, striker Dominic Oduro was adjudged to have interfered with Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning before Fire midfielder Marco Pappa netted from 18 yards.
Although Oduro did not appear to make contact with Gspurning, the officials felt otherwise. As a result, the call placed ...
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