CHESTER, Pa. (May 30, 2018) – The Chicago Fire (4-7-2, 14 points) fell 3-1 to the Philadelphia Union (5-5-3, 18 points) at Talen Energy Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Union got on the board just before halftime courtesy of a right-footed strike from Ilsinho. The hosts doubled their lead in the 51st minute when Cory Burke got free in the box and powered his header past Patrick McLain into goal.
Five minutes later the Fire cut the deficit in half. Aleksandar Katai played a quick ball forward for an on-rushing Brandt Bronico. Making his first career MLS start, Bronico raced into the 18-yard box and played the ball forward and found Alan Gordon in front of the Union goal. Gordon quickly redirected it with one touch past Union goalkeeper Andre Blake for his second goal in as many games.
The Union scored their final goal in the closing minutes of the match after they were awarded a penalty kick in the 87th minute. Borek Dockal stepped up and sent the ensuing penalty past McLain to give the hosts the 3-1 victory.
The Men in Red return home to host the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Univision Deportes Chicago 1200AM). Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. CT with a live pregame show on ESPN+ presented by CIBC.
Tickets for Saturday’s match, which will serve as Gaming Night Presented by AT&T, are available by calling 888-MLS-FIRE or visiting www.chicago-fire.com/tickets.
Chicago Fire 1:3 Philadelphia Union
May 30, 2018 – Talen Energy Stadium
PHI – Ilsinho (Borek Dockal) 44’
PHI – Cory Burke (Borek Dockal, Raymond Gaddis) 51’
CHI – Alan Gordon (Brandt Bronico, Aleksandar Katai) 56’
PHI – Borek Dockal (penalty kick) 87’
CHI – Jorge Corrales (caution) 32’
Chicago Fire: Patrick McLain; Daniel Johnson (Luis Solignac 64’), Kevin Ellis, Bastian Schweinsteiger © (Drew Conner 88’), Johan Kappelhof, Brandon Vincent, Jorge Corrales; Tony Tchani, Brandt Bronico; Aleksandar Katai, Alan Gordon (Mo Adams 88’)
Subs not used: Richard Sánchez; Jonathan Campbell, Grant Lillard, Rafael Ramos
Shots: 10; Shots On-Goal: 8; Fouls: 11; Saves: 2; Offsides: 1; Corners: 2.
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake, Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie (Jack Elliot 61’), Keegan Rosenberry, Raymon Gaddis, Borek Dockal, Alejandro Bedoya ©, Haris Medunjanin, Ilsinho (Marcus Epps 69’), David Accam (C.J. Sapong 81’), Cory Burke
Subs not used: John McCarthy, Fabinho, Warren Creavalle, Anthony Fontana
Shots: 17; Shots On-Goal: 6; Fouls: 12; Saves: 7; Offsides: 0; Corners: 5.