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All time record: 2-3-1
At PPL Park: 2-1-0
At Toyota Park: 0-2-1
Goals For: 6
Goals Against: 9

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The Union (with Brad Knighton in goal) pitched their first ever clean sheet on Sept. 11, 2010 against Chicago. It was also Sheanon Williams’ first MLS game.

August 12, 2012: Philadelphia Union 1 – 3 Chicago Fire

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Despite opening the scoring in a wide open contest against Chicago Fire, the Union succumbed to a thirteen minute lapse of focus in which they conceded three goals, and ultimately the game, falling 3-1 on Sunday night.”

“The Union were knocking on the door, but on the counterattack a second blunder from MacMath gifted Chicago a two-goal advantage…It was an insurance goal conceded at the worst possible time as the Union looked on the verge of their own breakthrough.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“After looking sluggish in the face of a rampant Chicago Fire attack, the Union are back to their losing ways, all but eliminating them from 2012 playoff contention. With Sunday’s road trip to DC United followed by Real Salt Lake’s visit to PPL Park, the Union could find themselves officially playing for 2013 sooner rather than later.”

“Similarly sloth-like in the first half, Keon Daniel neither attacked nor defended as the offensive effort seemed to move around him. Generally a strong, confident midfielder, the move to forward has destabilized the Trinidad international…”

PSP Photo Essay

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Scoring Summary
34 – CHI: Anibaba OG
43 – CHI: Rolfe (MacDonald, Anibaba)
45+2 – CHI: Friedrich (Pappa)
56 – CHI: Rolfe (Nyarko, Johnson)

Discipline Summary

Philadelphia Union: 
Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Bakary Soumare, Raymon Gaddis (Lionard Pajoy ’61); Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Gabriel Farfan; Freddy Adu (Antoine Hoppenot ’46), Chandler Hoffman (Josue Martinez ’69), Keon Daniel
Unused substitutes: Chase Harrison, Michael Lahoud, Chris Albright, Zach Pfeffer

Chicago Fire: 
Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Arne Friedrich, Gonzalo Segares; Alvaro Fernandez, Logan Pause (Patrick Nyarko ’43), Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa (Alex ’63) ; Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald (Mike Videira ’70)
Unused substitutes: Dan Gargan, Paolo Tornaghi, Dominic Oduro, Daniel Paladini

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March 24, 2012: Chicago Fire 1 – 0 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“A 28th minute Dominic Oduro strike was all Chicago Fire would need to claim a 1-0 victory Saturday night, and keep the Union winless in 2012, as Philadelphia’s inauspicious beginning to the season continued at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.

“The third time was not the charm for Union, as their offense went missing for the majority of the match, and a late flurry of activity as they searched for an equalizer was not enough to prevent Chicago from recording their first regular season win in 2012.”

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights:

“You’ve got to take your hat off to Peter Nowak. Just when Philadelphia Union fans think they’ve seen every possible formation, he rolls out a 3-2-2-1-2.”

PSP Stat Chat

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Scoring Summary:
CHI — Dominic Oduro (Marco Pappa)

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Gabriel Farfan (Caution, Foul) 59′
CHI — Sebastián Grazzini (Caution, Time Wasting) 75′
CHI — Cory Gibbs (Caution, Foul) 81′

Philadelphia Union — Zac MacMath, Porfirio Lopez, Carlos Valdes, Chris Albright (Jack McInerney, 80), Gabriel Gomez, Michael Farfan, Roger Torres (Gabriel Farfan, 45), Brian Carrol, Keon Daniel, Lionard Pajoy, Danny Mwanga (Josué Martinez)

Chicago Fire — Paolo Tornaghi, Gonzalo Segares, Cory Gibbs, Jalil Anibaba, Dan Gargan, Pavel Pardo (Dan Paladini, 70), Marco Pappa (Frederico Puppo, 89), Logan Pause, Sebastián Grazzini (Rafael Robayo, 85), Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Attendance: 18,075

August 3, 2011: Chicago Fire 1 – 1 Philadelphia Union

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PSP Match Report Highlights:

“Even a broken clock is right twice a day. And while the Union offense isn’t necessarily broken, but it only coalesces for the briefest of moments before returning to an unfocused state.”

“The worrying thought at this point was that the Fire had a plan, they just weren’t confident enough to put the final product together. The Union, on the other hand, looked lost.”

PSP Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“The Union were slow out of the gate, and whether it was the makeshift lineup or the swarming Chicago defense, the game quickly came to resemble volleyball.”

“Hackworth said after the match that the haphazard look of the midfield is unavoidable when you play a short passing, movement based system. What is left unsaid is that recovering to a strong defensive shape remains a priority for any team, regardless of offensive game-plan.”

PSP Photo Essay

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Scoring Summary:
PHI — Veljko Paunovic 2 (unassisted) 34
CHI — Pavel Pardo 1 (unassisted) 54

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Brian Carroll (caution; Tactical Foul) 35
CHI — Logan Pause (caution; Tactical Foul) 85

Philadelphia Union —
Faryd Mondragon, Michael Farfan, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Keon Daniel 87), Brian Carroll, Stefani Miglioranzi, Roger Torres (Danny Mwanga 61), Sebastien Le Toux, Veljko Paunovic (Kyle Nakazawa 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Ryan Richter, Zac MacMath.

Chicago Fire — Sean Johnson, Logan Pause, Josip Mikulic, Cory Gibbs (Jalil Anibaba 6), Gonzalo Segares, Marco Pappa, Daniel Paladini, Sebastian Grazzini (Cristian Nazarit 66), Pavel Pardo, Patrick Nyarko (Diego Chaves 82), Dominic Oduro.
Substitutes Not Used: Orr Barouch, Dan Gargan, Baggio Husidic, Jon Conway.

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: -Bill Dittmar; Kermit Quisenberry
4th Official: Matthew Foerster
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Clear-and-80-degrees
Attendance: 10,557

May 21, 2011: Philadelphia Union 2 – 1 Chicago Fire

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“The Union have rarely turned good form into good finishing, but Michael Farfan did just that in the 64th. After substitute Torres won a foul on the left, Nakzawa played a grounder back to Farfan twenty-five out. The rookie fired a low liner that tapped Cory Gibbs thigh and nestled behind Jon Conway.”

“Ruiz hit a weak free kick from thirty out that rebounded into the center of the field. The striker was first to react and his choice of a forty yard volley caused a sharp intake of breath around Philadelphia. Dipping, dipping, dipping, with the Sons of Ben begging gravity to work harder, the ball slapped the underside of the bar and set the fans off like fireworks.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights:

“Promptly punished with a move to left back, Marfan met his match in Dominic Oduro. A true one-trick pony, Oduro is incredibly dangerous when his touch is on. It rarely is, but Saturday was that rare exception.”

“Peter Nowak believes that Carlos Ruiz and Seba Le Toux looked for each other almost too much during the Fire match. That’s an odd way of saying that the strike duo remains critically out of sync.”

PSP Photo Essay

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Scoring Summary:
PHI — Michael Farfan 1 (Kyle Nakazawa 1) 64
CHI — Dominic Oduro 2 (Gonzalo Segares 2) 68
PHI — Carlos Ruiz 3 (unassisted) 74

Misconduct Summary:
CHI — Bratislav Ristic (caution; Reckless Foul) 30
PHI — Danny Califf (caution; Reckless Tackle) 41
PHI — Jordan Harvey (caution; Dissent) 54
CHI — Dominic Oduro (caution; Reckless Foul) 59′
CHI — Daniel Paladini (caution; Reckless Tackle) 72
CHI — Gaston Puerari (caution; Reckless Foul) 92+

Chicago Fire— Jon Conway, Yamith Cuesta, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares, Bratislav Ristic, Daniel Paladini, Corben Bone (Logan Pause 60), Baggio Husidic (Gaston Puerari 61), Marco Pappa, Dominic Oduro, Diego Chaves (Orr Barouch 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Jalil Anibaba, Cristian Nazarit, Dasan Robinson, Sean Johnson.

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey (Roger Torres 58), Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Amobi Okugo (Kyle Nakazawa 5), Justin Mapp, Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz (Gabriel Farfan 80).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Agorsor, Keon Daniel, Jack McInerney, Zac MacMath.

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Bill Dittmar, Paul Scott
4th Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Cloudy and 73 degrees

September 11, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1 – 0 Chicago Fire

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“What is that number next to Chicago? Is that a zero? Why yes it is. The Union pitched their first ever shutout on Saturday night with a deserved 1-0 victory over a tired Chicago team.”

“Sheanon Williams played all 90 minutes at right back in his MLS debut.”

“The Union’s defense was stout for the second straight week, but unlike last week when Seitz failed to make the one big save, we saw Knighton come up big.”

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Scoring Summary:
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 11 (Justin Mapp 3) 36’

Chicago Fire — Sean Johnson, Dasan Robinson, Deris Umanzor, Wilman Conde, Steven Kinney, Patrick Nyarko, Baggio Husidic (Calen Carr 46), Freddie Ljungberg, Logan Pause, Nery Castillo (Corben Bone 86), Collins John (Mike Banner 57).
Substitutes Not Used: Krzysztof Krol, Peter Lowry, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Andrew Dykstra.


Philadelphia Union — Brad Knighton, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey, Sebastien Le Toux, Andrew Jacobson, Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp (Kyle Nakazawa 77), Alejandro Moreno (Shea Salinas 69), Danny Mwanga (Fred 55).
Substitutes Not Used: Cristian Arrieta, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Chris Seitz.


Misconduct Summary:
CHI — Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Dissent) 36
CHI — Wilman Conde (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47+
PHI — Andrew Jacobson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 60

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Bill Dittmar; Eric Proctor
4th Official: Andrew Chapin
Time of Game: 1:52
Attendance: 18,563
Weather: Clear-and-75-degrees

June 5, 2010: Chicago Fire 2 – 1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“The Chicago Fire played some of the ugliest, most boring soccer possible to beat Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday night. They scored one early goal, packed 10 men back near the box for the rest of the game, and lucked out on a second goal gifted to them by the Union’s Stefani Miglioranzi.”

“Le Toux took most of the free kicks Saturday, and he consistently shot his corner kicks too far for the Union to touch them. The Union basically wasted most of their five corners.”

Scoring Summary:
CHI – Baggio Husidic 3 (Patrick Nyarko 6, Justin Mapp 2) 14’
CHI – Marco Pappa 3 (Unassisted) 74’
PHI – Danny Mwanga 3 (Sebastien Le Toux 3) 92’

Misconduct Summary:
PHI — Stefani Miglioranzi (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22
CHI — C.J. Brown (caution; Reckless Tackle) 45
CHI — Brian McBride (caution; Dissent) 70

Philadelphia Union (2-6-1) — Chris Seitz; Cristian Arrieta (Roger Torres 46), Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey; Shea Salinas, Fred (Nick Zimmerman 82), Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Nakazawa (Danny Mwanga 46); Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Jacobson, Shavar Thomas, Amobi Okugo, Brad Knighton

Shots: 11; SOG: 2; Fouls: 10; Corner kicks: 5; Offsides: 3; Saves: 4

Chicago Fire (3-3-4) — Andrew Dykstra; Dasan Robinson, C.J. Brown, Wilman Conde, Krzysztof Krol; Patrick Nyarko, Baggio Husidic, Logan Pause, Justin Mapp (Peter Lowry 90); Marco Pappa, Brian McBride.
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Banner, Julio Martinez, Deris Umanzor, Corben Bone, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Sean Johnson

Shots: 11; SOG: 6; Fouls: 14; Corner kicks: 2; Offsides: 3; Saves: 1

Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Referee’s Assistants: George Gansner; James Conlee
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 14,658

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