After a narrow 1-0 loss versus Chicago Fire FC on June 29th, the Philadelphia Union bounced back last night and defeated Chicago 4-1.

With only nine games remaining in the regular season, Philadelphia continues to perform on the attacking and defensive side of the ball.

One-Step Ahead

Another night, another victory. Throughout the entire match the Union offense continued to click and capitalize on opportunities.

If I could describe the Union’s offensive performance in a few words: intelligent team football. The team constantly connected passes and found open gaps between defenders from start to finish.

The first goal of the game in the 15th minute was a prime example of their superb movement. Carranza connected to Gazdag from the wing into the box, and Gazdag displayed patient footwork to net a goal over the keeper.

Philadelphia kept Chicago’s defense on their toes all night and continuously put them against the wall. The Slonina blunder in goal that resulted in a Union goal was quite lucky, but their situational awareness paid off ultimately.

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time pays off, and the Union thrived off dangerous attacking opportunities all night.


Blake Controls the Game

Entering this game, the Union were facing off against a red-hot Fire team who had not lost in five games. But that streak came to an end due to the heart & soul of this Union defense: Andre Blake.

Without a doubt, Blake has been having a stellar season and has been the leader for this squad.

Blake’s acrobatic abilities played a vital role in the Union’s victory versus Chicago last night. His aggressive playstyle has been a key factor for Philadelphia’s defensive success, and it was demonstrated in this game by Blake’s three diving saves in the first 26 minutes of the match.

If it wasn’t for Blake’s confidence, who knows if multiple shots on goal by the Fire would have been prevented in the 1st half.

These crucial saves contributed to slowing down the Chicago offense and allowing Philadelphia to gain momentum.

Blake single-handedly carried this defense on home field, and the Union will have to continue to take advantage with their next two games at home versus FC Dallas and D.C. United.



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