Philadelphia Union defeated Chicago Fire FC 4-1 on Saturday night at Subaru Park. With the win, the Union remain in first place in the Eastern Conference with 48 points. In the 16th minute midfielder Daniel Gazdag scored on a counter-attack assisted by Julian Carranza and Mikael Uhre. Gazdag lofted his shot over the Chicago keeper to put the Union on the board early. Defender Jack Elliott scored his first goal of the season in the 37th minute after a shot by defender Olivier Mbaizo was saved by the Chicago keeper who dropped it, allowing Elliott to hit a powerful right footed shot from close range to double the Union lead. In the second half, Chicago midfielder Chris Mueller slotted a shot to the bottom right corner of the net off a Xherdan Shaqiri pass in the 49th minute. Union forward Julian Carranza was quick to answer with a goal of his own in the 53rd minute as Uhre’s one-on-one with Chicago’s keeper was saved, landing in front of Carranza who chipped a shot into the empty net. Forward Cory Burke capped off the scoring for the Union in the 82nd minute after Mbaizo slid a pass in front of goal for Burke to corral and strike in from point blank range.

The Union are on the road for their next match as they take on FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday, August 17th (9:00 p.m. ET / NBC Sports Philadelphia).

Philadelphia Union 4 – Chicago Fire FC 1
Subaru Park (Chester, PA)
Saturday, August 13, 2022

TODAY’S MATCH INFO

Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Jeremy Scheer
VAR:  Edvin Jurisevic
Ast. VAR: Corey Rockwell
Weather: 80 degrees and sunny.

GOALS/ASSISTS

PHI – Daniel Gazdag (Carranza, Uhre) 16’
PHI – Jack Elliott (unassisted) 37’
CHI – Chris Mueller (Shaqiri, F. Navarro) 49’
PHI – Julian Carranza (unassisted) 53’
PHI – Cory Burke (Mbaizo, Gazdag) 82’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

CHI – Mauricio Pineda (caution) 3’
PHI – Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 28’
CHI – Xherdan Shaqiri (caution) 70’
CHI – Federico Navarro (caution) 82’
PHI – Cory Burke (caution) 85’
PHI – Julian Carranza (caution) 86’
PHI – Olivier Mbaizo (caution) 90’+1’

LINEUP

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo; Leon Flach, Jack McGlynn (Jose Martinez 72’), Alejandro Bedoya, Daniel Gazdag (Paxten Aaronson 86’); Mikael Uhre (Cory Burke 72’), Julian Carranza (Quinn Sullivan 86’).

Substitutes not used: Matt Freese; Matt Real, Nathan Harriel, Brandan Craig,Chris Donovan.

Chicago Fire FC: Gabriel Solina; Miguel Navarro, Mauricio Pineda, Rafael Czichos, Boris Sekulic (Andre Reynolds II 87’); Gaston Gimenez (Fabian Herbers 66’), Federico Navarro; Jario Torres (Brian Gutierrez 66’), Xherdan Shaqiri (Javier Casas 79’), Chris Mueller; Kacper Przybylko (Jhon Duran 66’).

Substitutes not used: Victor Bezerra, Jonathan Bornstein, Spencer Richey.

Team Notes

  • Defender Kai Wagner made his 100th regular season start for the Union, becoming just the sixth defender in club history to reach the century mark for starts.
  • Defender Jack Elliott scored his ninth career goal and his first of the season.
  • Cory Burke has scored seven of his 23 career MLS goals against the Fire, having not scored more than three against any other opponent.
  • The Union are unbeaten in their last 18 home regular season matches (13W-5D) dating back to last September, the longest home unbeaten run in club history. Philadelphia has outscored opponents, 40-8 over those matches, including 19-2 over the last four.
  • The Union have scored 21 goals in the last five home MLS matches. Only LAFC (22 in 2019) and LA Galaxy (22 in 1998 and 2015) have scored more in a span of five home matches in league history.
  • Midfielder Daniel Gazdag scored his 12th goal and earned hix sixth assist of the season.
  • Forward Julian Carranza recorded his ninth goal and sixth assist of the season.
  • Forward Mikael Uhre and defender Olivier Mbaizo each registered their third assists of the season.
  • Goalkeeper Andre Blake posted six saves on the night.

The Union are on the road for their next match as they take on FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday, August 17th (9:00 p.m. ET / NBC Sports Philadelphia).