The Chicago Fire dropped another road game Wednesday night.
The Seattle Sounders topped the Fire 1-0 behind a first-half goal from Chad Marshall. It is the Fire’s 12th road loss in 15 matches this season.
Marshall headed in an Andreas Ivanschitz corner kick in the 24th minute for the game’s only goal. Marshall, one of Seattle’s best targets on set pieces, was all alone just outside the six-yard box.
Seattle had more than 70 percent of the possession in the first half. The Fire pushed forward more frequently in the second half, but could not find the tying goal. David Arshakyan had a pair of good looks in the box late, but couldn't put one away.
The loss at Seattle (12-13-5, 41 points), coupled with other results earlier on Wednesday, means the Fire (6-15-9, 27 points) are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Fire are the first team to be eliminated.
The shutout snapped a streak of 10 straight MLS matches in which the Fire had scored.
Midfielder John Goossens returned to action after missing the last two matches with a back injury. He replaced Arturo Alvarez in the 65th minute.
David Accam celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday. He was also called up to Ghana’s national team on the day. Ghana will host Uganda in a World Cup qualifier on Oct. 7 and play at South Africa on Oct. 11.
There are four games left in the Fire’s season, beginning with the finale of this three-game road trip Saturday at Columbus.