MLS FOOTBALL PREVIEW: UNION SET TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST FIRE
Major League Soccer outfit Philadelphia Union are set to return to winning ways as they play Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
The two teams are in the opposite ends of the Eastern Conference standings currently with Union having their club-record eight-game undefeated streak put to an end last weekend in a 3-2 loss at New York City FC. They game, which is set for the evening at Talen Energy Stadium, will be one both teams will want to prove a point since Fire had their MLS-record away winless run extended to 31 games end when they lost on Saturday Evening to Colorado Rapids.
Both teams would be squaring up for the second time this season, after Fire won the first when they met in April at Toyota Park. Kennedy Igboananike provided the only goal that separated the sides, with Union reduced to ten men from as early as the 47th minute when midfielder Warren Creavalle was shown a red card for a tackle from behind on Fire midfielder Razvan Cocis. Fire have not lost to Union over seven consecutive meetings in MLS. The seven meetings have ended in three wins and four draws since the last Philadelphia victory in may 2013. They have even won the last two encounters at Toyota Park.
The game might lead to new league standings’ leader if Fire are in form during the game. Union are just a point above New York Red Bulls and two points above New York City in the Eastern Conference. Former third-placed Montreal Impact were held to a drab goalless draw by struggling Columbus Crew who remain ninth in the standings.
Red Salt Lake will be meeting the Red Bulls while LA Galaxy will face off against Colorado Rapids on the same day.