MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union


The game in 100 words (or less): It was soccer in Bridgeview, which is to say, not exactly scintillating. On the positive side of things, soccer in Bridgeview almost always means our weekly dose of Harrison Shipp. The 23-year-old was on top of his game once again, as he assisted on the game’s only goal and could have/should have had another. The mazy, never-ending run through the entire Union midfield late in the game was just for good measure and to remind everyone not to forget about Shipp.

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Three moments that mattered

37′ — Mbolhi whiffs and Chicago are ahead — Shipp provided the tantalizing service to the top of the six-yard-box, Adailton made the slightest little bit of contact with his head and Rais Mbolhi was completely lost at sea as the ball floated into the back of the net. Not good goalkeeping, but the marking was just as poor.

55′ — Mbolhi atones with a huge one-on-one stop — Kennedy Igboananike found a gap between the two Union center backs and Shipp’s through ball was inch-perfect for the Nigerian forward, but Mbolhi made the kick-save from close range to keep the deficit at one.

75′ — Edu, one on one with the ‘keeper, pulls it wide — The chances were few and far between late on for the Union following Fred’s 72nd-minute red card. When the ball fell to Maurice Edu, behind the Chicago backline and only Sean Johnson ahead of him, Edu had to find the back of the net, or test the ‘keeper at the very least. Or cross for Sebasastien Le Toux at the back post. Edu did none of the above and pulled his harried shot five yards wide.

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Man of the match: Harrison Shipp — What other reason is there to watch the Fire? What other hope is there for the Fire? He’s usually the best player on the field for the Fire, and pretty regularly between either team, and he dominated again on Sunday.


Chicago Fire: Johnson, Gehrig, Larentowicz, Adailton, Palmer, Shipp, Polster, Stephens, Jones (Guly 84′), Igboananike (Watson 66′), Amarikwa

Goals: Adailton (37′)

Philadelphia Union: Mbolhi, Fabinho, White (Ayuk 83′), Vitoria, Gaddis, Lahoud, Edu, Wenger (Hoppenot 86′), Nogueira (Fred 67′), Le Toux, Aristeguieta