MLS Snapshot: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Chicago Fire


The game in 100 words (or less): With Philadelphia and Chicago sitting at the bottom of the league, this match didn’t look like a thriller on paper, but boy was it. End-to-end, back-and-forth action capped off by two goals in the final minutes as the Union and Fire battled to a 3-3 draw at PPL Park. Sebastian Le Toux scored in the 90th minute with what looked like the game-winner, but Kennedy Igboananike scored deep into stoppage time to grab a share of the points. Sean Johnson put in a heroic performance in net for the Fire, racking up eight saves in a world-class showing by the keeper.

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Three moments that mattered

10′ — Igboananike gives Chicago an early lead — A Philadelphia turnover in their own half led Chicago to a quick break, with Patrick Nyarko streaking down the right wing. Nyarko played a perfect cross to Kennedy Igboananike, who beat two defenders to the ball and deflected it home.

90′ — Le Toux finally beats Sean Johnson — Sean Johnson was a brick wall in net for Chicago, but Sebastian Le Toux finally beat the keeper as the clock hit 90. The home crowd at PPL Park thought they had all three points in the bag until…

90′ + 2′ — Igboananike responds immediately — Just when you thought it was over, it wasn’t. The Fire roared up the field on a counter and Mike Magee somehow kept the ball in, where Kennedy Igboananike was at the back post to blast home his second goal of the night and steal a point for Chicago.

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Man of the match: Sean Johnson — In the final minutes of this match, Sean Johnson supplied enough acrobatic stops for an entire highlight reel. From point blank range, Johnson had eight saves on the night kept the Fire alive.


Philadelphia: McCarthy, Fabinho, Marquez, Vitoria, Gaddis, Carroll, Creavalle (Lahoud, 60′), Barnetta (Sapong, 60′), Maidana, Mbu, Aristeguieta (Le Toux, 73′)

Goals: Aristeguieta (21′), Fabinho (31′), Le Toux (90′)

Chicago: Johnson, Jones, Larentowicz, Gehrig, Palmer, Maloney (Shipp, 68′), Stephens, Cocis (Polster, 74′), Nyarko (Magee, 84′), Igboananike, Johnson

Goals: Igboananike (10′, 90’+2′), Nyarko (54′)