Jon Busch made five saves, two on consecutivepoint-blank tries by Nate Jaqua during the first half, to help theChicago Fire earn a 0-0 draw against the Seattle Sounders onSaturday.
The Fire (7-3-8) extended their unbeaten streak to four matches(2-0-2) following a three-game losing streak from May 31-June 13.Seattle (7-3-8) is unbeaten in six games (3-0-3).
Busch got some late help when a shot by Fredy Montero bouncedoff the right side of the crossbar, and another Sounders shot intraffic in the penalty area was cleared off the line by ChrisRolfe.
Kasey Keller made two saves for Seattle to earn his sixthshutout of the season.
Both teams finished with 10 players.
Chicago's John Thorrington was sent off with his second yellowcard in the 55th minute. Just three minutes later, Seattle'sFreddie Ljungberg was shown a yellow for diving. His subsequentprotest to referee Baldomero Toledo drew a second yellow, leadingto his ejection.
The Sounders had three near-misses during the first half - allby Jaqua. In the second minute, Jaqua took a shot from the top ofthe 6-yard box that hit the right post, giving Busch just enoughtime to scramble and clear it over the goal line.
Midway through the 37th minute, Montero lofted a target ballinto the box. Jaqua's header was saved by Busch, but he wasn't ableto secure the ball. It rebounded back to Jaqua, whose point-blankshot from inside the 6-yard box was stopped by Busch.
Michael Pappa had the best chance for the Fire during the firsthalf, watching his shot across the box from the left side skitterpast the wide-open goalmouth and just wide of the far post.
Jaqua had another golden opportunity early in the 71st minutewhen he got around Busch, but his shot was deflected away from thepost at the last instant.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times