The Union were the better side, but they stumbled to the finish line as San Jose roared back after going a man down.
Sigi Schmid made the right adjustments as Seattle grew into the match and nabbed three points in a closely contested match.
Tranquillo Barnetta stole three points for the Union after an evenly contested match looked destined to end in a draw.
Harsh conditions and a red card conspired with Chicago Fire to end the Union’s two match win streak. Although there were few outstanding performances, the trend of playing mostly mistake-free soccer continued.
The Union were very good defensively in their second win of the season, but there is plenty of work still to be done.
The Union’s defensive organization gave them a chance to win on Saturday, and Chris Pontius did the rest.