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Fire try to slow down scorching-hot Union

Field Level Media
28 Oct 2020, 09:55 GMT+10

The Philadelphia Union will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six when they host the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

Following the most complete victory in their 11-year history, a 5-0 win over Toronto FC last Wednesday, the Union moved into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference with three games remaining.

The Union (12-3-5) and Toronto FC each have 41 points but the Union own the tiebreaker on goal differential. Sergio Santos recorded a hat trick, the fourth in club history, and the Union outshot Toronto FC by a whopping 27-3.

Now the Union have another opportunity to continue surging toward the playoffs.

"This is a fun team," Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin said. "I couldn't be more proud of players, the work that they put in during the week of training. I thought that was our most complete 90 minutes. I think it's a good time to be peaking."

Goalkeeper Andre Blake continues to shine with eight shutouts this season.

The Union, who are 4-0-1 over their last five matches, will also be looking to improve to 8-0 at home.

The Fire, meanwhile, still have playoff aspirations but they're currently out of the race following a disappointing 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls.

Chicago allowed a stoppage time goal, which ultimately cost two points.

Now the Fire (5-8-6, 21 points) will be forced to rebound against the Union, one of the hottest teams in the league.

"That's football, right?" Fire head coach Raphael Wicky said after the 2-2 draw. "That's the beauty of the game -- you can't always predict it. It feels like we lost two points, but we take it. I'm proud of the performance of the guys for coming back and fighting so hard and being in all those challenges and second balls and still trying to play football and creating chances.

"I'm proud of that. Obviously the result today hurts a little bit, but there's a lot of positives which we are going to take out of that game."

The Fire have given up more goals (30) than they've scored (26).

Chicago (0-5-3) is the only team in the league not to have picked up one road victory this season.

--Field Level Media

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