Union Win 2-1, Three Points Ahead in First Place
The Philadelphia Union took the field Wednesday night against the Chicago Fire looking to stay in the first place. The Fire came into this game looking to grab a final playoff spot as they headed into a difficult place to play, Subaru Park.
Right off the bat, you could tell this game was going to be chippy and in the 28th minute, the Union was already awarded a penalty kick from a Fire handball. Union forward Kacper Przybylko took the penalty kick and drilled it home. They lead 1-0 early at home.
In the 36th minute, Chicago Fire defender Francisco Calvo was given a red card for a dirty tackle, and just like that the Fire were down to ten men. You would think that the Union would immediately take over this game early, but six minutes later the Fire equalized.
The game entered halftime all tied up 1-1, and the Union needed to make sure they walked away with 3 points as they had a clear advantage for the rest of the match.
In the 65th minute, Cory Burke scored on a wide-open header from an Olivier Mbaizo cross. It looks like the Sons of Ben have made a chant for Burke to the tune of Baby Shark.
In the 90th minute, Union star goalie Andre Blake came off the field with a hand injury. This would be a big blow to the Union if Blake would be unable to play in the playoffs. Backup goalie Joe Bendik had to come and secure the 3 points in extra time.
The Union win 2-1 and move 3 points clear in first place, as Toronto lost to NYCFC tonight. They have two matches to go in the regular season and they are looking to stay in first place and also win the Supporter’s Shield. The Union plays again Sunday in Ohio against the Columbus Crew.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Union