Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Bakary Soumare, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz, Kleberson, Michael Farfan; Jack McInerney, Sebastien Le Toux
Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Chris Albright, Keon Daniel, Leo Fernandes, Roger Torres, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot
Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-2) Sean Johnson; Wells Thompson, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Dilly Duka, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere; Patrick Nyarko; Chris Rolfe
Chicago Fire bench: Paolo Tornaghi, Michael Videira, Corben Bone, Brendan King, Alex, Quincy Amerikwa, Sherjill MacDonald
Prediction: The last time these two squads met, the Union won but things could have gone better.
Despite getting thoroughly outplayed by the Chicago Fire for almost the entire 90 minutes, the Philadelphia Union still somehow managed to pick up a 1-0 win on the road against thanks to a brilliant performance from Zac MacMath and a moment of magic from Sebastien Le Toux and Jack McInerney.
John Hackworth once again went with the ineffective midfield combination of Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz, Brian Carroll, and Keon Daniel and as a result, the Chicago Fire controlled most of the first half, taking advantage of the weak Union midfield.
Parke's injury not as bad as feared but Soumare looks set to start against Chicago on Saturday. On rotation and depth. Ansboro on stepping down as SoB prez. Moyes leaving Everton, expected to take over at Manchester United. More news.
Jeff Parke says no point in rushing return from injury. Harrisburg to face winner of Lehigh Valley/Reading United in USOC first round. Juan Agudelo traded to Revs. Altidore says club won't release him for May USMNT camp. Feguson to retire as manager of Manchester United. More.
Hackworth says Union could have done more to win but poor officiating played big part in Saturday's draw. Cruz on his brace. With Parke injured and Williams suspended, is it Soumare time. HCI win. More news.
After falling behind early in the first half to an Eddie Johnson goal, two excellent strikes from Danny Cruz gave the Union a brief second half lead only for Mauro Rosales to equalize for the visitors and set up a tense and chippy finish.
PSP makes the case for why 5 refs are better than 3 (and goal-line technology). Yes, we're using common sense again, in a way that no one else seems to be, because unlike Europe, we actually have other successful team sports to draw upon for examples. Also, a few quick hits on the Union.
It was rainy. It was snowy. It was sleet-y. It was sloppy. And in the end, it was win-y for the Philadelphia Union, who defeated the New England Revolution 1-0 at PPL Park late Saturday afternoon thanks to a second half goal from Jack McInerney.
Playing in conditions that saw rain, sleet, and snow falling from the sky at various intervals in PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution played an extremely sloppy first 45 minutes of soccer.
Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee has announced that DC United captain Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for two matches and fined an undisclosed amount, following a red card for violent conduct in a pre-season match.
De Rosario was shown the red card in the 60th minute of a match against the Philadelphia Union on February 23, after a tackle to Philadelphia's Danny Cruz.
Earlier today, we got to talk about the good with D.C. United's Player of the Month for March, and now we get the flipside: the Goat of the Month. Let's skip the formalities and jump straight to the inaugural nominees:
Dwayne De Rosario: The captain left the team in a major hole with his head butt on Danny Cruz in the last preseason game.