CHESTER, Pa.—When the Philadelphia Union step into PPL Park, something good usually happens. Tonight just wasn't the night, as the Chicago Fire (11-7-5, 38 Points) trounced the Union (7-12-2, 23 Points) 3-1 in front of 18,412 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on Sunday night.
Chicago forward Chris Rolfe scored two of his team's three goals, while Arne Friedrich added another for the fourth-place Fire.
The game was scoreless until the 34th minute when Philadelphia's Freddy Adu crossed a ball into Chandler Hoffman, but Chicago's Jalil Anibaba ended up knocking it in his own goal to give the Union a 1-0 lead.
The Fire then scored two goals in the next four minutes, as Sherjill MacDonald beat Bakary Soumare, crossed it into the box, and Rolfe volleyed a one-hopper with his knees right past goaltender Zac MacMath.
Chicago's Marco Pappa placed a corner kick right near the penalty area, and Friedrich headed it in to give the Fire a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute. Chicago scored their final goal in the 55th minute as Chris Rolfe hit a twenty yard shot right past a diving MacMath who barely touched the ball with his right hand.
Philadelphia is now 13 points behind the last playoff spot, currently held by DC United. Chicago moved up into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with the victory.
Here are your updated Eastern Conference Standings:
|1||Sporting Kansas City||43||24||1.79||13||7||4||30||22||8|
|2||New York Red Bulls||41||24||1.71||12||7||5||40||34||6|
|8||New England Revolution||23||23||1||6||12||5||26||29||-3|
Newly acquired defender Bakary Soumare made his Union debut on Sunday night. The 26-year-old looked rusty, especially when he got beat near the end-line of Rolfe's first goal. He was acquired on June 26th, but Soumare had to regain his stamina and health before taking the pitch.
The Union face DC United in their next match a week from now, Sunday, August 19th at 5:00PM. That game is in Washington and will appear on NBC Sports Network.