Fresh off a 4-0 drubbing at Real Salt Lake last week, Philly rode goals from attacking midfielder Marco Fabian and his second-half replacement, Anthony Fontana, to solidify their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference.
Fabian’s goal — his second in three games — was a rocket from outside of the box that came off of a well-designed free kick in the 11th minute, as Haris Medunjanin played a ball on the ground to Kai Wagner, who then passed it back to Fabian.
Fontana, a 19-year-old Homegrown, scored his second MLS goal — and first since the 2018 opener — shortly after coming into the game, thanks to a tireless effort from Wagner to fight for the ball and cross it to him in the 65th minute.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake stopped a couple of second-half headers from former teammate CJ Sapong, who was back in Philly for the first time after scoring 36 goals for the Union from 2015-18. Blake's shutout was preserved when Diego Campos blasted a late shot off the crossbar as the Fire dropped to 0-8-3 on the road this season.
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MOMENT OF THE MATCH
: In large part due to injuries, Fabian hasn’t made as much of an impact in his first MLS season as Union fans would like. But the star Mexican international showed why he was the biggest signing in club history with a beauty of a goal that set the tone for the night.
- PHI: Saturday, July 27 at Montreal Impact (MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, TVAS in Canada)
- CHI: Tuesday, July 23 vs. Cruz Azul (MLS LIVE ON ESPN+, TUDN in US, TSN Go in Canada)