World News – United States – Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire


Whistle: Referee: Guido Gonzales, assistant referees: CJ Morgante, Eric Weisbrod, 4th Official: Natalie Simon VAR: Younes Marrakchi

Superlatives fly after the Union dismantled Toronto FC on Saturday And rightly so, because it was perhaps the best game the Union has played in its long history The fact that it came in such a big game makes it taste much sweeter

But there is no time to celebrate the arrival of the Chicago Fire in town for a Wednesday night game

The Union enter this game to defend their place at the top of the MLS table Unless Chicago is able to make their way over the playoff cut-off line – they are currently below the ‘Inter Miami due to last-place goal differential – it will be the only time the two teams meet in this truncated season

The Fires are a different side than when the Union last saw them They have a new coach at former Swiss international Raphael Wicky and Retirement League star Bastian Schweinsteiger has since retired But some things stay the same – they’re stuck towards the bottom of the table There has been some quality lightning at times but overall it’s a team in transition

Chicago runs mostly 4-2-3-1 with a fluid style Working a double pivot using prototypical Spanish midfielder Alvaro Medran and DP Gaston Gimenez, they take possession and advance quickly trying to break through the lines and to send the ball to attacking midfieldersTypically, former Union midfielder Fabian Herbers works in the middle with DP Igancio Aliseda and Prezemyslaw Frankowski on the left and right respectivelyThe Fire has a talented group of midfielders which often includes an old friend CJ Sapong – who may or may not make an appearance for family reasons Their best player is striker Robert Beric The skinny Slovenian leads the team with nine goals, is an active presser and is strong in hold-up

Right winger Boris Sekulic will stay with the back line, but once the ball passes the initial pressure he will advance to the right side to create overloads on that right side of the pitch This allows him to race in the box but also leaves Chicago vulnerable at the back.The fire will trap the press using Beric to double down from the sideline, so the onus is on the opponents to quickly move the ball out of the back.

Injury report: Out: Kenneth Kronholm (gk); Luca Stojanovich (m); Wyatt Omsberg (d); Brandt Bronico (m); Johan Kappelhof (d)

The Union finally got everyone back on Saturday and it showed they will be able to field the same team against Fire, except for Jamiro Montiero who will miss his first game of the season due to the accumulation of cards yellow While it’s a shame to miss Monteiro, especially after his best game of the season, the good news is that it leaves a few minutes for Anthony Fontana who has had a hot hand lately.The only other possibly foreseeable line-up change is a rotation in the back row with Jack Elliot stepping in for either Mark McKenzie or Jakob Glesnes

As Chicago likes to move players forward, there should be plenty of opportunities to go over or down the channels quickly. MLS Player of the Week Sergio Santos could have another great game himself As mentioned, it’s also important that Philadelphia move the ball quickly and confidently out from the back and don’t succumb to the press and give up on a cheap goal

If the Union can play half as well as they did on Saturday, they should easily send the fire off. With just two games after this one and a tough game on Sunday at Columbus, a lead and a chance to get away. rest for the starters would be huge

There should be some best-in-class opportunities for the Union and Santos will confidently top the top after his hat trick, Chicago will have his hands full

Przybylko has been on this list for three games running He does a lot of things you would expect from a striker: work hard on the press, push back defense, generate assists, create space for other players , etc He’s done enough ancillary things to earn a spot on the bench for the MLS Team of the Week What he hasn’t been doing lately is scoring goals – and missing out on quality opportunities He’s historically a streak player and needs to knock him down Having both Przybylko and Santos in good shape is a proposition scary for any opposing team

The Union should be able to put out fires relatively easily, but there is always the fear of the dreaded « Trap Game »

Union had a player tested positive for the novel coronavirus, I don’t know who, but the game must go as planned

El Brujo is not on the match day list …… shit I wish him a speedy recovery if it’s him The international breaks did nothing but get these guys out of their bubbles club and expose them That’s bullshit

Although the same at first, but it came back a long time Must have been exposed here

Has he been back for more than two weeks? I’ve heard of people suffering from it three days to three weeks after exposure ………

Same at first, but it’s been back too long Must have been on display here

Hopefully it stays limited to one player, but it would be so Union to crash at the end of another season

Well, Chitown took out the blades tonight… and we’re way too nice Could use a Martinez in a match like this …………

The Union destroyed Toronto to climb to the top of the Supporters Shield standings, which matters again

Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire FC, MLS, Philadelphia Union II, Subaru Park, Kacper Przybyłko

World News – United States – Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire
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Game Thread: Philadelphia Union 2 Chicago Fire 1 second half
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Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire


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