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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 2 Chicago Fire 1 Full Time

The Union are up a man after a first half red card to Francisco Calvo

Carl Gulbish

In-Game Updates

90’ +9 Full time whistle blows. Hard earned three points for the Union and they open a three-point lead on Toronto for the Supporters’ Shield.

90’ +3 Wooten clears the ball off the line somehow to keep the Union in front

90’ +1 Jakob Glesnes with the rocketed free kick but it goes wide

90’ Eight minutes of stoppage

89’ Joe Bendik coming on for Andre Blake to make his Philadelphia Union debut. Hopefully Blake is back for Sunday.

87’ Wooten in for Kacper

76’ Beric gets on the end of a free kick but his shot to the near post goes wide. Nervy moment there. Blake getting treatment after hurting his finger on the play.

69’ Aaronson and Ilsinho combine to set up Kacper but his shot is saved by Shuttleworth and another attempt from Burke is also stopped by the Fire keeper

67’ Bedoya into the book

65’ Cory Burke gives the Union the lead with a goal off the cross from Mbaizo. That’s big because Toronto and Columbus are still both down in their games.

63’ This says a lot about what’s been happening

60’ Ilsinho time. He subs in for Fontana and Burke also in for Santos.

48’ Anthony Fontana into the book. That’s his fourth of the season, which means he’s one away from a suspension.

46’ Second half underway

Ray Gaddis subbed out at the half, replaced by Olivier Mbaizo.

45’+1 Into first half stoppage time and the Fire have a free kick from a dangerous spot but it’s blocked in the wall and appeals from the Fire for a handball go nowhere.

42’ There goes the shutout. Somehow this game is tied after Blake made a one hand save and the ball is crossed back across and headed in. It looked like the ball may have gone out off the Blake save but the goal stands.

36’ Since the penalty, the Union have come alive and now a red card to Chicago to Calvo for stepping on Bedoya’s foot from behind. Odd decision there from Guido Gonzales Jr. to go straight to red but this game is essentially over now.

31’ Aaronson played Kacper in with a nice ball after Fontana squared him outside the box but Pineda does well to stop him. Shuttleworth denies Elliott a goal off the ensuing corner.

29’ Union takes the 1-0 lead and Kacper Przybylko ends his goal-scoring draught with his 8th goal of the season from the spot.

26’ Handball in the box off a cross from Ray Gaddis gives the Union a penalty kick.

22’ Beric with another shot but it’s a wild one off a volley attempt from a McKenzie clearance

20’ Blake with his second save on the night to deny Robert Beric

16’ Through the first 15 minutes, the Fire have the bulk of the ball with 60 percent possession and the only shots but they haven’t looked overly threatening. Jack Elliott the first one in the book with a yellow, which is just his second of the season.

12’ Andre Blake with the first save of the night on a shot from Álvaro Medrán

1’ We’re underway in Chester

Starting Lineups

No Jose Martinez so Jack Elliott is in at the No. 6 position. Jamiro Monteiro is out serving a one-game suspension. The speculation here is that Martinez is the positive Covid-19 case but we don’t know that for sure.

Former Union player Fabian Herbers is on the bench tonight and CJ Sapong isn’t in the squad.

Series Matchup at Union

Union: 7 wins, 22 goals
Fire FC: 2 wins, 15 goals
2 draws


Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Assistant Referees: C.J. Morgante, Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Natalie Simon
VAR: Younes Marrakchi

How to Watch

Where: Subaru Park, Chester, PA
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 28
TV: PHL 17
Streaming: in market; ESPN+ out-of-market
Radio: Fox Sports The Gambler 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2
Audio Streaming: IHeart Radio App, Fox Sports The Gambler

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