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Tactical analysis: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union came from behind in the first half and gave up a lead late in the second half as Chicago's big attacking signing registered a hat trick and the Union's entered in the 90th minute.

Player ratings: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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PSP dives into the player ratings of the Union's final road game of 2017, a 3-2 defeat in Chicago.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/16/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Union's Firey Start Extinguished In Second Half: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union
To put it mildly, the Philadelphia Union have not had much success on the road in 2017.

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Union’s Firey Start Extinguished In Second Half: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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To put it mildly, the Philadelphia Union have not had much success on the road in 2017. And despite the Union taking a first half lead into the locker room, the Union conceded twice in the 2nd half to walk away from Toyota Park 3-2 losers and victims of a Nemanja Nikolic hat trick.

The Chicago Fire got things started in the 3rd minute with a brilliant counterattacking goal.

Match report: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Despite an improved performance, the Union's road woes continued in their final away match of the season as they lost the lead to a potent Chicago Fire led by Nemanja Nikolic.

Nemanja Nikolic's hat trick leads Fire past Union

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With a home playoff game hanging in the balance, the Chicago Fire's big offseason signing came to the rescue.

Nemanja Nikolic extended his lead atop the Golden Boot race with a hat trick in the Fire's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

The trio of strikes from the 24-goal scorer moved the Fire into third place in the Eastern Conference with one game left in the regular season.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: October 15, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Place: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
  • Television: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union have 7 wins, 7 losses, and 5 draws against Chicago Fire
  • Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, Chris Pontius; C.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/15/17

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Union preview, Jack for ROY, and European results!

Philadelphia Union News

Match preivew: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union
The Union head to the midwest to take on the Fire in their penultimate match of 2018.

Jack Elliott nominated for Rookie of the Year
Jack Elliott is one of 17 players nominated for AT&T Rookie of the Year, and he holds one of the best, if not the best, case out of the bunch.

Match preivew: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to the midwest to take on the Fire in their penultimate match of 2018.

Game: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Date: Sunday, October 15th

Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Pacific, 9:00 p.m.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Inching closer. As the final weeks of the MLS regular season approach, the Chicago Fire are preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2012. Although their chances of finishing second in the Eastern Conference likely went out the window after their 1-1 home draw with NYCFC prior to the international break, they can still solidify a first round home match.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Fire series history. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Player of the week: Chris Pontius

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Our "player of the week" is the man who scored his first two goals of the season, helping the Union extinguish the Fire.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Chicago Fire

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Tweaking the midfield shape pays off as the Union stifle Chicago and ride Chris Pontius' first goals of the season to victory.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Chicago Fire

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Chris Pontius scored twice and C.J. Sapong added a goal as the Union defeated the Chicago Fire 3-1 in Chester on Saturday night. Pontius finally broke into the goals column with his first two of the season, nodding in a Keegan Rosenberry cross in the 10th minute and knocking home [...]

Pontius breaks goal drought as Union topple Fire

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CHESTER, PA An extensive goal drought was broken and history was made on Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

Chris Pontius scored his first two goals since October 1, 2016 and C.J. Sapong netted his 50th-career tally while tying the Union single-season scoring record in the Philadelphia Union's 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Halftime Recap: Philadelphia Union 1, Chicago Fire 0

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The Union lead through 45 thanks to Chris Pontius's tally.

Thanks to Chris Pontius's first goal of the season, the Philadelphia Union are ahead of the Chicago Fire at the break.

Pontius found the net just ten minutes into the match, contorting himself to flick a cross past Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson.

PSP Union Postgame Show: Union 3-1 Fire

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In case you missed it, here's the PSP Union Postgame Show, interviews with Union players from the locker room, head coach Jim Curtin, Union fans.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Fire series history. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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As the season winds down, the Union face a battered but talented Chicago Fire. Learn all you need to know with Nick Fishman's match preview.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Performing to expectations. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated conference bottom dwellers DC United 3-0 at Toyota Park. A frustrating opening twenty minutes quickly turned into a dominating performance by the home side.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy hire Kinnear as assistant, Fire's Dean out for season and more

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A pair of teams have made some minor coaching hires as Dominic Kinnear returns to coaching in an assistant role and a couple former players take up jobs as academy coaches.

A couple teams also received some rough news n the injury front for newly acquired defenders.

Major League Soccer

On This Day in Football: Preston put 26 past Hyde, Attack vs Defence in the MLS

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Today marks the 130th anniversary of one of the most ridiculous score lines in the history of the FA Cup. On this day in 1887, Preston North End beat Hyde FC 26-0 in a first round tie.

Played at Deepdale – the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world – Preston set two records in the match: most goals scored at home and the biggest winning margin.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/10/17

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Union and MLS news and a preview for the USMNT's critical game.

Philadelphia Union News

UNION FACT CHECK: Team returns to MLS slate after international break
Philadelphia Union gears up for MLS action this week following the international break when they travel to Illinois to take on Chicago Fire.

On This Day in Football: FIFA hits new low and MLS welcomes Chicago

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On this day in 2015, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA President Michel Platini were suspended for 90 days from all football related activity by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

World football’s governing body was hit with a major scandal in 2015 after United State federal prosecutors disclosed evidence of corruption by FIFA officials and associates.

Nikolic, Villa score as Fire and NYCFC draw

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The goalscoring designated players took center stage at Toyota Park as the Chicago Fire drew 1-1 with New York City FC on Saturday.

The opener came after 20 minutes, with Nemanja Nikolic scoring his 21st goal of the season. The Hungarian scored after a defensive gaffe by the away side, eventually resulting in the him winning the ball inches from the goal line and easily scoring.

Fire excited for playoffs, now focused on NYCFC, playoff positioning

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Two teams were fighting for their first playoff appearance since 2012 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose last night, but only one really threw and landed the punches, hard.

The Chicago Fire's 4-1 win at San Jose helped them clinch their first playoff appearance in five years, and although they put together what some will call their best performance of the season last night, head coach Veljko Paunovic and company know that the job is far from over.

Fire clinch first playoff berth since 2012 with rout of Earthquakes

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It took six long and largely disappointing seasons, but the Chicago Fire are finally back in the playoffs.

The Fire defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 4-1, at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night, clinching a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Nemanja Nikolic scored goals 19 and 20 on the night, tying Portland's Diego Valeri for the league lead.

Fire extend unbeaten run in victory over D.C. United

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Following a dismal month of August, the Chicago Fire have seen new life in September.

Veljko Paunovic's side extended their current unbeaten run to three matches, defeating D.C. United 3-0 on Saturday evening.

The hosts used an own-goal paired with two second-half goals to cruise their way to three points.

MLS Ticker: De Jong to leave Galatasaray, Impact re-sign Jackson-Hamel, and more

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Nigel De Jong is set to leave Turkish side Galatasaray this January, opening the door for him to join up with D.C. United, according to Yeni Safak in Turkey.

De Jong was linked with D.C. United during the club's spending spree in the summer transfer window, but a deal was not reached.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

Nemanja Nikolic breaks scoring drought as Fire tie Red Bulls

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The Chicago Fire's recent skid conincided with an extended scoring drought from their top striker. On Saturday, a goal from the team's forward star helped them earn a result for the second straight match

The Fire rescued a point against the New York Red Bulls, tying 1-1 at Toyota Park on Saturday thanks to a Nemanja Nikolic goal.

What makes for a big weekend in MLS?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not all games are equal, especially in the stretch run to the MLS Cup playoffs. While most of the attention should rightly be on matches that will determine who does or does not make the postseason, the month of September is also a time to focus on playoff seeding.

Injured Bastian Schweinsteiger gets Fire back on track

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It needed a Video Review intervention but Deian Boldor's tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger turned a yellow card into a send-off. It also injured the World Cup winner's calf, but it certainly didn't stop the German star from stepping up in a big match.

Fire avenge August road loss with win over 10-man Impact

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After having lost 3-0 to the Impact two and a half weeks ago, and having suffered a four-match losing streak, the Chicago Fire have returned to winning ways.

A second-half goal by Bastian Schweinsteiger was enough to down the 10-man Impact squad was all it took to avenge the Fire's prior loss in Montreal in a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.

D.C. United

D.C. United’s trip to San Jose, and wrapping up Chicago

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We have to break down that loss before moving on

Well that sucked. Jason, Adam, and Ben have to talk about D.C. United's game against the Chicago Fire and how, for the first 10 minutes or so, D.C. United looked decent; it all went down hill from there. We discuss the deflated body language after the own goal, and the poor play of the forwards.

Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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Can United spoil the Fire's attempts to get back to their mid-season best?

The last time D.C. United faced the Chicago Fire, the Black-and-Red were comprehensively outplayed en route to a defeat. The scoreboard at RFK Stadium only read 1-0, but realistically the Fire's dominance on the day would have been better reflected by 3-0 or 4-0.

USWNT, D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire, FC Koln fans, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/15/2017

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Injury updates for the Black-and-Red and their upcoming opponent, plus the NASL's ongoing struggles and advice on how not to treat dogs

It's Friday, which means I'm less than two weeks away from a vacation. It also means we have a D.C. United game tomorrow, and a USWNT game tonight. Let's start gearing up for them, and not spend our whole day thinking about sandy beaches, good company, big family-style meals, margaritas, and sunsets.

The Rest

Fire v New York City FC match preview

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What Are They All About? NYCFC

Clinched. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire qualified for the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2012. A resounding 4-1 win over San Jose coupled with a Montreal loss to NYCFC ensured that Chicago will be playing well into the Fall.

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

A sigh of relief. This past weekend the Chicago Fire won on the road in Montreal on the back of a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal. It was only their second win from the past nine matches but they did overcome a seven match away winless streak and will be hoping to build on the confidence that the Montreal result offered.

Major Link Soccer: Dembele’s move signals Dortmund’s Pulisic era

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Also, the Chicago Fire are sliding, and the English FA is facing some harassment controversy

Seattle

The return of Clint Dempsey's health and productivity has given the Sounders the best kind of problem to have.

The Washington State Women's soccer team is hoping a youth moment and an updated stadium will bring on the field results and more fans in the stands.