Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 20
Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire
Talen Energy Stadium - Chester
July 20 - 7:30 PM ET


The Philadelphia Union look to bounce back from a lopsided loss at Real Salt Lake in Week 19 and hang on to first place in the Eastern Conference when they meet a Chicago Fire squad Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium that has one win in their last 10 games.

The Union (10-6-6) dropped a 4-0 decision to RSL last Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Jefferson Savarino scored a goal in each half and Albert Rusnak, off a Savarino assist, and Damir Kreilach added late insurance goals to lead RSL to a home rout. The result spoiled Andrew Wooten's MLS debut.

The Fire (5-9-8) were minutes from only their second win since mid-May, but had to settle for a 2-2 home draw against Columbus Crew SC Wednesday night in Bridgeview. Djordje Mihailovic opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a thumping volley into the bottom corner from the top of the 18-yard box. After Gyasi Zardes leveled two minutes into the second half, CJ Sapong put the Fire back in front in the 63rd minute, a goal that held up until Romario Williams' 90th-minute equalizer. 

Philadelphia vs. Chicago

Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm ET
Talen Energy Stadium


Philadelphia Union

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Sergio Santos (M) - right high ankle sprain
    • OUT: Olivier Mbaizo (D) - left knee menisectomy recovery
    • OUT: Jamiro Monteiro (M) - left high ankle sprain
    • OUT: Matt Freese (GK) - right quad strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Warren Creavalle (M) - right foot fracture
    • QUESTIONABLE: Kai Wagner (D) - right quad strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Ilsinho (M) - left adductor strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Michee Ngalina (F) - lower body injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Jack Elliott (D), Alejandro Bedoya (M), Kei Wagner (D)
  • International duty:  None

Chicago Fire

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: None
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Jorge Corrales (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Union

  • Union: 6 wins, 20 goals
  • Fire: 2 wins, 15 goals
  • 2 draws


  • Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
  • Assistant Referees: Jeremy Kieso, Andrew Bigelow
  • 4th Official: Jon Freemon
  • VAR: Kevin Terry Jr

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