The regular season struggles continued in the first half Saturday night for the Philadelphia Union. To start the game, Philly was abysmal, conceding a goal just 19 minutes into the contest when Nate Harriel lost the outside run at the back post by midfielder Maren Haile-Salessie leaving him wide open to receive the cross from Miguel Navarro, giving goalkeeper Andre Blake no chance and putting the Fire up 1-0 at halftime.
Two minutes into the second half, an unfortunate sequence led to another Chicago goal doubling the lead. A Jakob Glesnes clearance deflected off of Nate Harriel and found its way over Andre Blake’s head and into the back of the net.
The tides began to turn quickly in Philadelphia’s favor when a penalty on the edge of the box by Fire defender Rafael Czichos on Mikkel Uhre in the 60th minute gave the boys in blue a penalty kick. Like all the other PKs this year, Gazdag came up and buried it top shelf to give him his 3rd goal of the season, all from the penalty spot. The Union quickly struck again 5 minutes later. Quinn Sullivan got free down the left side and sent a perfect cross to Daniel Gazdag in the box at the back post, who headed it back across net to find a perfectly made run by Argentinian forward Julian Carranza, who finished off the beautiful play with a one-touch finish knotting the game up at two.
The final 25 minutes of the game saw Philadelphia and Chicago exchange chances that went off the iron. Once in the 79th minute by Union midfielder Brujo Martinez and another by Fire substitute Georgios Koutsias in the 81st minute.
Philadelphia Takes a Point
After going down two goals in the first 47 minutes of this game and still finding a way to come out of Chicago with a point has to have the boys in blue feeling good going into a week where they return home and actually get a full week of preparation for Toronto. Philadelphia takes a point in Chicago after a rough start.
My name is Diego Bianchi born and raised in Philadelphia. I’m a sports analyst, writer, and show host covering Philadelphia sports for Edge of Philly Sports. I also am a credentialed media member covering the Philadelphia Union for EOP. My passion for sports started since forever ago. At least, it feels like that. Thanks to my amazing family. I love doing this every day. You can catch me every Monday night on the Sully Squad at 6 PM on Edge of Philly Sports.