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Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union Pick & Prediction OCT 28TH 2020

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The Philadelphia Union will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six when they host the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

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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Chicago Fire

Philadelphia Union

Player Position Lineup
Mauricio Pineda Starter
Boris Sekulic Starter
Kenneth Kronholm Starter
Djordje Mihailovic Starter
Przemyslaw Frankowski Starter
Jonathan Bornstein Starter
Francisco Calvo Starter
Robert Beric Starter
Ignacio Aliseda Starter
Álvaro Medrán Starter
Gaston Giménez Starter
Bobby Shuttleworth Starter
Miguel Zarate Substitution
Nicholas Slonina Substitution
Andre Reynolds Substitution
Connor Sparrow Substitution
Brian Gutiérrez Substitution
Fabian Herbers Substitution
Micheal Azira Substitution
Carlos Terán Díaz Substitution
Elliot Collier Substitution
Player Position Lineup
Jakob Glesnes Starter
Raymon Gaddis Starter
Andre Blake Starter
Anthony Fontana Starter
Alejandro Bedoya Starter
Kai Wagner Starter
Mark McKenzie Starter
Sergio Santos Starter
Kacper Przybylko Starter
Jack Elliott Starter
Brenden Aaronson Starter
Michee Ngalina Substitution
Ilsinho Substitution
Olivier Mbaizo Substitution
Aurelien Collin Substitution
Joe Bendik Substitution
Cory Burke Substitution
Andrew Wooten Substitution
Cole Turner Substitution
Jack de Vries Substitution

Chicago Fire

Philadelphia Union

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 16
    Jack Elliott
    card
  • MIN 28
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Kacper Przybylko
  • MIN 36
    Francisco Calvo
    card
  • MIN 42
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Robert Beric
  • MIN 45
    Robert Beric
    card
  • Period 2
  • MIN 46
    IN: Olivier Mbaizo
    OUT: Raymon Gaddis
    substitution
  • MIN 48
    Anthony Fontana
    card
  • MIN 57
    Álvaro Medrán
    card
  • MIN 60
    IN: Ilsinho
    OUT: Anthony Fontana
    substitution
  • MIN 60
    IN: Cory Burke
    OUT: Sergio Santos
    substitution
  • MIN 65
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Cory Burke
  • MIN 68
    Alejandro Bedoya
    card
  • MIN 72
    IN: Elliot Collier
    OUT: Boris Sekulic
    substitution
  • MIN 72
    IN: Miguel Zarate
    OUT: Jonathan Bornstein
    substitution
  • MIN 72
    IN: Fabian Herbers
    OUT: Ignacio Aliseda
    substitution
  • MIN 78
    IN: Carlos Terán Díaz
    OUT: Álvaro Medrán
    substitution
  • MIN 87
    IN: Andrew Wooten
    OUT: Kacper Przybylko
    substitution
  • MIN 88
    Djordje Mihailovic
    card
  • MIN 90
    Ilsinho
    card
  • MIN 90
    IN: Joe Bendik
    OUT: Andre Blake
    substitution
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
2 3
  • 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
W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • 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

Last Meetings

  • 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

Last Injuries

Philadelphia Union

Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Kacper 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