Chester, PA (Sports Network) - Jack McInerney scored his league-leading
eighth goal of the season on Saturday to lift the Philadelphia Union to a 1-0
win over the Chicago Fire on a rainy night at PPL Park.
The result gives Philadelphia its second win in its last three matches and
second win over Chicago in a span of eight days.
Philadelphia broke the deadlock just three minutes in when Sebastien Le Toux
whipped a corner kick into the box that was headed out of danger, but Le Toux
tracked it down on the left flank and sent it back into the mixer where a
completely unmarked McInerney nodded it past Chicago goalkeeper Sean
Chicago had a few good scoring chances in the first half but Philadelphia
goalkeeper Zac MacMath had his second strong performance in his last three
outings and made four saves to keep the Union ahead at the break.
After the break Chicago had a fantastic chance to equalize on the hour mark
when Dilly Duka ripped a shot from the edge of the Union penalty area on the
turn that appeared to be headed for the top right corner, but MacMath punched
it over the crossbar to keep his side in front.
Things became more difficult for the visitors in the 63rd minute when Chicago
defender Wells Thompson brought down Philadelphia's Danny Cruz from behind and
was issued his second yellow card, reducing the Fire to 10 men.
Chicago did manage to produce a few chances despite being a man down, but
could never find an equalizer and is still searching for its first road win
Philadelphia, meanwhile, picked up just its second home win of the campaign
and improves to 18 points to remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
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