Philadelphia Union wrapped up the second leg of their 2017 preseason in Florida with a scrimmage against conference rival Chicago Fire. The match began with familiar faces, as Union Head Coach Jim Curtin revealed his starting XI.
Starting XI for today: Blake; Fabinho, Marquez, Onyewu, Rosenberry; Creavalle, Bedoya; Herbers, Alberg, Ilsinho; Simpson#DOOP— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 9, 2017
The wind at IMG Academy Fields in Bradenton, Florida certainly played a roll in the match. Philadelphia spent the first half of the match against the wind, but still created multiple chances. Newly acquired Jay Simpson had multiple shots that just missed the net.
2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake saw his first preseason competitive action with the Union in 2017 on Thursday. Blake posted a shutout in his first 45 minutes of action against Chicago, before being subbed for John McCarthy.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Michael de Leeuw in the 56th minute. Despite several attempts to tie the match in the final 34 minutes of action the Union fell to Chicago 1-0.
Curtin saw plenty of positives from his squad on the day, despite the 40 mile per- hour wind.
"As we look now to phase three, we have a lot of competition." Suncoast Invitational is up next and Jim sees us in a good spot to move ahead pic.twitter.com/kLllzNYA35— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 9, 2017
The Union return to the northeast for a couple of days before heading back to Clearwater next week for the Suncoast Invitational.