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Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union Pick & Prediction OCT 28TH 2020
Following the most complete victory in their 11-year history, a 5-0 win over Toronto FC last Wednesday, the Union moved into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference with three games remaining.
The Union (12-3-5) and Toronto FC each have 41 points but the Union own the tiebreaker on goal differential. Sergio Santos recorded a hat trick, the fourth in club history, and the Union outshot Toronto FC by a whopping 27-3.
Now the Union have another opportunity to continue surging toward the playoffs.
"This is a fun team," Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin said. "I couldn't be more proud of players, the work that they put in during the week of training. I thought that was our most complete 90 minutes. I think it's a good time to be peaking."
Goalkeeper Andre Blake continues to shine with eight shutouts this season.
The Union, who are 4-0-1 over their last five matches, will also be looking to improve to 8-0 at home.
The Fire, meanwhile, still have playoff aspirations but they're currently out of the race following a disappointing 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls.
Chicago allowed a stoppage time goal, which ultimately cost two points.
Now the Fire (5-8-6, 21 points) will be forced to rebound against the Union, one of the hottest teams in the league.
"That's football, right?" Fire head coach Raphael Wicky said after the 2-2 draw. "That's the beauty of the game -- you can't always predict it. It feels like we lost two points, but we take it. I'm proud of the performance of the guys for coming back and fighting so hard and being in all those challenges and second balls and still trying to play football and creating chances.
"I'm proud of that. Obviously the result today hurts a little bit, but there's a lot of positives which we are going to take out of that game."
The Fire have given up more goals (30) than they've scored (26).
Chicago (0-5-3) is the only team in the league not to have picked up one road victory this season.
--Field Level Media
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- Match Start
- Period 1
MIN 16Jack Elliott
- scorer: Kacper Przybylko
MIN 36Francisco Calvo
- scorer: Robert Beric
MIN 45Robert Beric
- Period 2
MIN 46substitutionIN: Olivier MbaizoOUT: Raymon Gaddis
MIN 48Anthony Fontana
MIN 57Ãlvaro MedrÃ¡n
MIN 60substitutionIN: IlsinhoOUT: Anthony Fontana
MIN 60substitutionIN: Cory BurkeOUT: Sergio Santos
- scorer: Cory Burke
MIN 68Alejandro Bedoya
MIN 72substitutionIN: Elliot CollierOUT: Boris Sekulic
MIN 72substitutionIN: Miguel ZarateOUT: Jonathan Bornstein
MIN 72substitutionIN: Fabian HerbersOUT: Ignacio Aliseda
MIN 78substitutionIN: Carlos TerÃ¡n DÃazOUT: Ãlvaro MedrÃ¡n
MIN 87substitutionIN: Andrew WootenOUT: Kacper Przybylko
MIN 88Djordje Mihailovic
MIN 90substitutionIN: Joe BendikOUT: Andre Blake
- Match End
- New York City FC L 4 - 3
- @Nashville SC D 1 - 1
- @Philadelphia Union L 1 - 2
- New York Red Bulls D 2 - 2
- Sporting Kansas City D 2 - 2
- @Minnesota United FC D 2 - 2
- D.C. United W 1 - 2
- @Sporting Kansas City L 0 - 1
- @Montreal Impact D 2 - 2
- Atlanta United FC W 0 - 2
- New England Revolution L 2 - 0
- New England Revolution W 0 - 2
- @Columbus Crew SC L 1 - 2
- Chicago Fire W 1 - 2
- Toronto FC W 0 - 5
- @New England Revolution W 2 - 1
- @D.C. United D 2 - 2
- Montreal Impact W 1 - 2
- FC Cincinnati W 0 - 3
- @Toronto FC L 1 - 2
- Chicago Fire @ Philadelphia Union 1-2
- Philadelphia Union @ Chicago Fire 0-2
- Chicago Fire @ Philadelphia Union 0-2
- Philadelphia Union @ Chicago Fire 4-3
- Philadelphia Union @ Chicago Fire 2-3
- Chicago Fire @ Philadelphia Union 1-3
- Philadelphia Union @ Chicago Fire 0-3
- Chicago Fire @ Philadelphia Union 3-4
- Philadelphia Union @ Chicago Fire 0-1
- Chicago Fire @ Philadelphia Union 3-3
Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia UnionKacper Przybylko and Cory Burke each scored a goal to lift the Philadelphia Union past the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Wednesday in Chester, Pa.
The Union (13-3-5, 44 points) broke a tie for first place with Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference, as TFC lost 1-0 to New York City FC on Wednesday. Philadelphia also moved to 8-0 at home this season.
Robert Beric scored the lone goal for the Fire, his eighth in 10 games and 10th of the season overall. Chicago (5-9-6, 21 points) remains the only MLS team without a road victory.
The Fire controlled much of the possession in the first 15 minutes but had no real scoring opportunities.
In the 19th minute, Philadelphia's Alejandro Bedoya dribbled all the way in and appeared to have a point-blank shot, but Gaston Gimenez made a saving tackle to break up the play.
Beric fired a right-footed shot just wide in the 22nd minute.
The Union went ahead 1-0 in the 28th minute when Przybylko scored on a penalty kick. The penalty was called two minutes earlier following a hand ball by Francisco Calvo in the box.
In the 36th minute, Calvo was sent off with a red card for a reckless tackle against Bedoya. The Fire played the rest of the game with 10 players.
Chicago still managed to tie the game in the 42nd minute when Beric headed a shot into the goal.
Philadelphia's Brenden Aaronson dribbled through a pair of defenders in the third minute of first-half stoppage time but had his shot blocked.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were rather chippy with multiple fouls on both teams.
Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute when Burke headed a cross by Olivier Mbaizo past Fire goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (five saves).
In the 76th minute, the Fire nearly equalized when Beric headed a free kick barely wide of the goal. On that play, Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake (three saves) looked to bang his right hand against the post. Blake stayed down for several minutes but remained in the game until the 89th minute, when he was replaced by Joe Bendik.
Bendik, who made his Union debut, survived eight minutes of stoppage time.
--Field Level Media