Amobi Okugo’s 88th minute goal looked to boost the Union’s playoff hopes, but the fabulous tying Fire provided home heartbreak for Philadelphia at PPL Park on Thursday night.
Draws are pretty much losses for the Union right now, and they ran into a Chicago team that has now tied more games in a single season than any team in MLS history after Thursday’s 1-1 tie.
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Four minutes after Okugo’s heroics had the stadium rocking, Robert Earnshaw brough the boobirds out when he took advantage of a poor clearance from Union keeper Rais M’Bohli in the second minute of stoppage time to see the game out at 1-1.
The tie leaves the Union in seventh place and will make it highly-improbable they rise back into the top five. Meanwhile, Chicago remains in ninth place.
Andrew Wenger provided the game’s best chance in the early stages of the second half when he streaked down the right flank, but his pass to the middle of the field was hammered wide, point-blank, by Cristian Maidana.
The Union were forced to deal with a few tricky chances, but Amobi Okugo and Maurice Edu made them look fairly easy in defense. Jim Curtin’s decision to ask Edu to man the middle of the back line is a clear victory for Philadelphia (and sports bravery).
Sixty-first minute sub Brian Brown took a touch too many when Wenger set him up just outside the 18, curling a low shot well wide of Sean Johnson’s goal.
And then Okugo took advantage of a deflected cross off Brown, sending a ball into the center of the goal past Johnson.
But it wasn’t over, Philly goalkeeper M’Bohli clearance was picked off by Earnshaw. He raced in to chip the keeper with class, providing a bit of history to MLS.