David Accam

Philadelphia Union

Fire 3 Union 2 - recap and ratings

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The Fire started off well enough but sloppy defending and goalkeeping put them in a 2-1 hole after the first 45 minutes against a Philadelphia Union side that defeated them 3-1 just a few weeks ago. After Nemanja Nikolic's 3rd minute goal, the Union scored twice in the next ten minutes to take the lead while the Fire struggled to put together a consistent attack and seemed to be a step behind the visitors.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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Game Info

  • Date: September 23, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: The Comcast Network - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union have 6 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, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Warren Creavalle, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, C.

Highlights from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Curtin confirms McCarthy will start against Chicago, Brian Carroll and Ilsinho "on trend now to be available" for the game. Other Union news and more.

Michael de Leeuw

Fire 1 New York City FC 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire and New York City FC played to a 1-1 draw that didn't distinguish either team as a clear cut favorite to finish above the other in the race for positioning in the Easter Conference playoffs. Both played through a fairly conservative match that yielded few clear chances although the overall play wasn't bad.

Revolution 1, Fire 2: Playoff hopes dim as the Revs lose to the Fire

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The Revs lose to the Chicago Fire, who are last in the East.

The New England Revolution's quest to earn a playoff spot became much more difficult on Sunday, as the team lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire.

Chicago grabbed the game's opening goal after just nine minutes. Brandon Vincent was the catalyst, as he combined with David Accam before hitting a cross from the left flank.

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.

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 Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew

Back on track. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated the New England Revolution 4-1 at Toyota Park. Although their opponent had been quickly slipping down the standings, the Fire's attitude remained firm and their performance was one that highlighted their strengths.

Is VAR a breakthrough or bad move for MLS?

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Share your opinion in today's open thread.

Major League Soccer has officially joined the instant replay movement.

On Saturday afternoon, referee Ricardo Salazar and Video Assistant Referee Hilario Grajeda made MLS history by overturning the first-ever goal with VAR technology.

It all started when FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman collided with Union goalkeeper John McCarthy while chasing a through ball.

MLS Ticker: D.C. linked with Gary Medel, David Accam linked with Hannover and more

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D.C. United seems to be ready to make a splash in the transfer market with a defensive enforcer.

A few days after being linked with Nigel de Jong, the Washington Postlinked the Black and Red with midfielder Gary Medel.

The Chilean center back is under contract with Inter Milan until the end of 2018 and he would presumably have to be bought with a transfer fee, and D.

Report: David Accam pushing for move away from Fire as club pursues Juan Quintero

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The Chicago Fire may be surging towards the playoffs, but it appears the club is dealing with the potential loss of a star player.

According to Goal USA, Fire winger David Accamhas submitted a transfer request. Accam has reportedly been the subject of interest from abroad and is now pushing for the club to allow him to move on.

Fire v Sporting Kansas City match preview

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What Are They All About? Sporting KC

Learning from mistakes. This past weekend the Chicago Fire traveled to New York to take on NYCFC in a second versus third Eastern Conference clash. Despite being up a man for nearly eighty minutes of the match, the Fire lost 2-1 at Yankee Stadium.

Accam hat trick powers Fire past Orlando City

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It was David Accam's match. Everyone else was just along for the ride.

The Ghanaian winger easily had the best game of his MLS career by netting his first ever hat trick to go along with an assist. He was involved in all four Chicago Fire goals as they cruised past a tired Orlando City team 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Toyota Park.

Nine-Man Orlando Keep Fire in Check

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The Chicago Fire had a superb opportunity to grab three very valuable away points on Sunday night, but failed to find a way to break down a closely packed Orlando City defense and had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 0:0 draw. The home side went down to ten men when Rafael Ramos was sent off in the 26th minute after a clash with Brandon Vincent.

Fire v DC United match preview

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What Are They All About? DC United

The run continues. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire overcame another hurdle in their busy week of soccer by defeating a lackluster Colorado Rapids side 3-0 at Toyota Park. They came out with a winning mentality and pressed from the start as Nemanja Nikolic reiterated his intent of becoming the Golden Boot winner by notching a goal in the fifteenth minute of the match.

“The Smiles Are Back in Bridgeview …”

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Those were the words of Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic following his team's 4:1 demolition of the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Park on Saturday. Nemanja Nikolic tallied two goals and an assist, while David Accam notched a goal and an assist. The Fire and Sounders engaged in a back-and-forth scrap in the first half and the Fire exploded for three goals after the break, as Chicago won the game in style.

Mucho fuego en Chicago para los Sounders

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Hasta el final del primer tiempo, con el marcador 1-1, los Sounders FC pudieron quejarse del mal arbitraje que le había concedido al Chicago Fire el 1-0 por la via de un penal dudoso y la repetición del disparo de Nemanja NIKOLIK cuando el referee Nima SAGHAFI señalo al portero Stefan FREI de adelantarse sobre .

Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

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What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake

A point is a point is a point is a point. The Chicago Fire rebounded from a lackadaisical first half against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend to dominate the second half and leave Ohio with a draw. David Accam opened his account for the season in the 73rd minute while Nemanja Nikolic showed his quality, but just missed out on etching his name onto the score sheet.

Fire v Union preseason preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Sweet, sweet victory! This past Saturday the Chicago Fire defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 1-0 with a debut goal from Nemanja Nikolic. Aside from building fitness, experimenting with formations, and getting an immediate return on their investment in the Hungarian, Chicago was able to trot out a few trialists as they look to fill out the roster before the MLS season begins.

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

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What Are They All Aboot, Eh? Toronto FC

This past weekend the Chicago Fire defiantly smiled in the face of all the naysayers and those preconditioned for pessimism to march into 9th place of the Eastern Conference. An emphatic 3-0 performance against the Philadelphia Union put the Fire just six points outside of a playoff spot with at least a match in hand on the teams directly in front of them.

Fire left frustrated, looking forward after Open Cup exit

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In a season spentrebuilding and stuck in last place, the U.S. Open Cup seemed to provide the Chicago Fire with a glimmer of hope. Five wins to a trophy seemed like the most realisticchance for silverwareand a chance for the first-year management team to buy goodwill among frustrated fans.

Those hopes ended Tuesday with a semifinal loss to theNew England Revolution.

Fire top Strikers to reach U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Staring down a charging David Accam is not a pleasant position to be in, as two members of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers found out Wednesday night.

Accam's driving runs createdtwo first-half goals – scoring one and assisting on the other – as theChicago Fire beat Fort Lauderdale, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the U.

Game Changers: Almost burned

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Let's take a look back at how the Philadelphia Union were able to beat the Chicago Fire.

1.) Roland Alberg on for Warren Creavalle - The double-pivot of Brian Carroll and Warren Creavalle did not work out well at all against New York City FC, so Jim Curtin subbed off Creavalle for Roland Alberg.

Triple Alberger: Alberg leads Union past Fire

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The Dutch midfielder's hot streak continued on Wednesday night.

The high-scoring exploits of Roland Alberg were enough to offset a trio of goals from the Chicago Fire as the Philadelphia Union claimed victory on Wednesday night. The Dutch midfielder scored three times to bring his tally up to six in the past seven days.

Major League Soccer

Around The Forest: Christian Pulisic scores goal to open the Bundesliga

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VAR makes it debut, David Accam staying in Chicago? Chelsea lose to Arsenal in Community Shield and more!


Diego Valeri's dreams, on and off the field, have come true in Portland - ESPN FC
Diego Valeri stands barefoot on the terrace overlooking the backyard and surveys his domain.

Union lose, MLS recaps, David Accam leaving Chicago?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/30/17

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Another tough loss for the Union.

Philadelphia Union News

New England blanks Philadelphia, 3-0
Here's a recap from last night's game.

MLS News

MLS wrap - FC Dallas stunned by Vancouver Whitecaps as Atlanta gets late draw with Orlando Atlanta earn late draw against Orlando as Red Bulls crush Impact
FC Dallas tumbled off the top spot in the Western Conference after being stunned 4-0 at home by the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

Fire Hang On For Massive Road Win

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There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in.

MLS Week 8: Nagbe’s show for Portland

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Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute.

Fire and Crew Share the Points in Opening Game Tug-of-War

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Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew come into 2017 looking to turn a page and forget about their respective dismal 2016 campaigns. They squared off on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in the season opener on a chilly afternoon and battled to a 1:1 draw. Based on the soccer on display it's unlikely that either side learned much about whether 2017 will bring more joy than 2016 did, but both teams have a lot of work ahead if they want to be competitive.

MLS Preseason Weekend Rewind: Fire, TFC among big winners

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There were only two matches on Sunday, but the Chicago Fire caught theattention of many in MLS after defeating Miami FC, 5-2.

It wasn't just the victory that grabbed the headlines, though. This fantastic team goal sent fans into a frenzy after the Fire sliced through Miami with fluidity.

Nemanja Nikolic

Unbeaten Run Reaches an Incredible 9 Matches

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It was a night of visceral dominance on Saturday at Toyota Park by a Chicago Fire side that came out hungry and did not stop until visiting Orlando City SC had been beaten to a pulp. No Fire player was more dominant than winger David Accam, who scored three times, to go along with an assist in a 4:0 rout.

Toothless D.C. United shut out at home again, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire

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David Accam dominated as United's scoreless streak moved beyond 300 minutes

D.C. United once again disappointed their home fans, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire and barely ever carving out chances. David Accam's 52nd minute goal made the difference, but in truth Chicago - despite having played mid-week - could have won by more if not for saves from Bill Hamid and misses from MLS top scorer Nemanja Nikolic.

Sean Johnson

Fire 3 Union 0 - recap and ratings

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Following last weekend's debacle in DC the Fire showed some pride and put together another very good team performance reminiscent of the win in Montreal that they were looking to build on. Chicago was the better side for most of the night and have moved out of the MLS cellar surpassing Columbus and Houston for that dubious distinction.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Matchday 15/16

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There were lots of all three from the Philadelphia Union's matches against New York City FC and the Chicago Fire.

Its been too long, lets just talk about the week that was for the Philadelphia Union.

The Good: Views of number 6

Roland Alberg is my moon and my stars and I will love him until the world explodes.

Portland Timbers Escape Chicago Fire with 1-1 Draw

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The Portland Timbers ground out a frustrating 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire, bringing home a single unsatisfying point from their Eastern Conference excursion.

The Timbers jumped on top of the Fire in the 18th minute as Diego Valeri bodied off a defender to win an errant clearance and get in on goal.

Fire 1 Dynamo 0 - recap and ratings

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It may have come against the team with the second lowest point total in MLS but the Fire had what was probably their best overall performance of the season in this much needed 1-0 victory. The 4-3-3 alignment that looked lethargic against New England worked well enough in this match. Chicago outshot Houston 20 to 10 (7 to 1 on target) despite the visitors holding a bulk of the possession.

The Rest

Loss to Fire not as awful on rewatch, still unacceptable

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There was some genuinely good play before the wheels came off, but the predicament is still a bad one.

This is, admittedly, a solid day later than I would have liked to print it. But I always try to rewatch the game at least once before writing these and just couldn't bring myself to sit through the game again until today.

Protected lists out today, Seattle MLS champs, state of the league, more

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A week of transfer mechanisms begins today. Seattle win MLS Cup on PKs. Flurry of player moves. State of the league address highlights. More.

Union 4 Fire 3 - recap and ratings

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David Accam's goal in the second minute made it seem like the Fire were going to exhibit a renewed winning 'mentality' on the road after Veljko Paunovic's impassioned words earlier in the week. That hope lasted all of about 9 minutes when the Union tied the game and went on to score four unanswered goals en route to handing the Fire a 32nd consecutive road match without a victory.

Fire squeak by Indy Eleven in PKs

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The Fire survived some tense moments and plenty of wasted chances to outlast Indy Eleven in penalty kicks in a US Open Cup fourth round matchup. David Accam scored an equalizer in the 111th minute and provided the decisive penalty kick after the two sides remained deadlocked following 120 minutes of less than scintillating soccer.