Saturday night in Chester, a sold-out crowd at Subaru Park. Saw the club bounce back in a big way by topping Chicago Fire 4-1. With the heat finally breaking in the area on Friday night. Perfect night to heat up on the pitch. Coming off the 3-1 loss to FC Cincinnati last weekend, the Union had to secure a positive result at home. With their usual ferocious mentality, the Union bounced back in a big way. Union smothers fire.
In the 12th minute, goalkeeper Andre Blake made an amazing stop on a shot in the box. The Union then followed the good goalkeeping with good offensive play. Uhre sprang Carranza on a pass across the pitch. Carranza then found Gazdag with a pass into the box and the Hungarian midfielder buried his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Moments later, Andre Blake came up with a big save against former Union forward Kacper Przybylko. The Union would again follow up the solid goalkeeping with solid set-piece offense as Olivier Mbaizo headed a ball towards goal. Following a corner kick that defender Jack Elliot managed to put in the back of the net for his first goal of the year. The Union went into halftime with a 2-0 lead and a ton of confidence. Union smothers fire.
Minutes into the second half. Chicago managed to break the clean sheet and make it a 2-1 match. After a pass in tight space led to a turnover that Chicago managed to capitalize on. The Union would respond with 2 unanswered goals by Carranza and Burke and solid defensive play to secure the three points. In my opinion, the Man of the Match was forward Julian Carranza who finished the night with a goal and an assist. Union smothers fire
The Union front three of Uhre, Carranza, and Gazdag have been playing amazingly well together and are only getting better every night. They can’t rest on their laurels though, as they have to turn around and play again on Wednesday night against an FC Dallas side that currently sits at 3rd place in the Western Conference. With the big bounce-back win earned, the road to the MLS Cup playoffs inches closer for the Philadelphia Union. Union smothers fire.