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MLS Preseason 2020: Philadelphia Union hand Chicago Fire FC loss as Raphael Wicky era begins

The Philadelphia Union logged their first win of their 2020 preseason, rolling past Chicago Fire FC, 3-0, on Saturday evening in Clearwater, Florida, to spoil head coach Raphael Wicky's first game on the sidelines.

Kacper Przybylko got the onslaught rolling in the first half, only for Homegrown midfielder Anthony Fontana to calmly deposit a goal of his own before halftime. Przybylko finished a through ball from strike partner Sergio Santos, while Fontana weaved through the Chicago defense and tucked home at the near post. 

Early in the second half, Philadelphia Union II forward Issa Rayyan made it 3-0 and put head coach Jim Curtin’s group in cruise control. He was one of three players from their USL Championship side to start the second half. 

The win saw Philadelphia respond from a 4-0 defeat against Atlanta United earlier this preseason, while Chicago dropped their first match of 2020. The Union next face the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, and Chicago encounters expansion side Nashville SC on Thursday.

Goals

  • PHI — Kacper Przybylko
  • PHI — Anthony Fontana
  • PHI — Issa Rayyan

Lineups

Philadelphia first-half XI: Matt Freese; Matt Real; Aurelien Collin, Jakob Glesnes, Raymond Gaddis; Jose Martinez, Anthony Fontana, Alejandro Bedoya, Ilsinho; Sergio Santos, Kacper Przybylko

Philadelphia second-half XI: Andre Blake; Matt Real, Aurelien Collin, Jamoi Topey*, Olivier Mbaizo; Cole Turner, Warren Creavalle, Trialist; Jack de Vries; Shanyder Borgelin*, Issa Rayyan *

Chicago first-half XI: Kenneth Kronholm; Jeremiah Gutjahr, Johan Kappelholf, Francisco Calvo, Jonathan Bornstein; Fabian Herbers, Mauricio Pineda, Djordje Mihailovic, Przemyslaw Frankowski; Robert Beric, Alex Monis^

Chicago second-half XI: Connor Sparrow; Brandt Bronico, Jonathan Campbell^, Jesus Vazquez^, Raheem Edwards; Alvaro Medran, Michael Azira, Javier Casas^, Jonathan Jimenez^; CJ Sapong, Elliot Collier^

* = Philadelphia Union II player
^ = Chicago Fire FC academy player, trialist or SuperDraft pick

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