Philadelphia Union battle the Chicago Fire to a 3-3 draw at Soldier Field
I don’t even know why I write about Philadelphia sports anymore. Anything I touch turns to coal. The Philadelphia Union were in Chicago last night to face a terrible Chicago Fire team at Soldier Field. After turning my Philly sports fandom to the Union with both the Sixers and Phillies in utter shambles, I was certain that our soccer team would not let me down against a Fire team that has only scored four goals the entire 2021 season.
What I wasn’t expecting, was a chaotic match where not one, but two goals would be self inflicted. The Union and Fire traded six goals Saturday night, both earning a point, in a 3-3 draw. To get things started, the Fire ended a three game goal drought courtesy of Union’s Jakob Glesnes scored an unusual own goal in the second minute.
The Fire rode the momentum of that goal for the majority of the first half before 17-year old Quinn Sullivan scored his first MLS goal on a beautiful bicycle kick from the corner in the 28th minute.
Corey Burke put the Union ahead at half on a goal scored off another corner. The Fire came out of the half ready to rock and found an equalizer in the 56th minute off the head of Boris Sekulic. 11 minutes later, they found the go ahead goal and were up 3-2 after Alvaro Medran found the feet of Mauricio Pineda to give the fire the lead.
In the 79th minute, Boris Sekulic scored the second own goal of the match to tie the game 3-3. Fire goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth redirected a cross, but sent the ball straight off Sekulic and into the back of the defender’s own net.
Up Next: The Union will be back in action at Nashville SC at 8pm on July 3rd.