Philadelpha Union 3, Chicago Fire 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Borek Dockal scored a late penalty and assisted on two goals, while Ilsinho and Cory Burke scored on either side of halftime to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-1 home win over the Chicago Fire Wednesday night.
Alan Gordon's 58th career MLS goal and second in two matches cut a 2-0 Union lead in half in the 56th minute, but the Fire missed other late chances and have lost three of four.
Ilsinho opened the scoring by splitting a pair of Fire defenders and fired the ball into the net just before the half. It was the Brazilian's third goal of the season.
Burke scored when he headed in a cross from Dockal in the 51st minute as the Union extended their unbeaten run to four.
- 44' – PHI – Ilsinho | WATCH
- 51' – PHI – Cory Burke | WATCH
- 56' – CHI – Alan Gordon | WATCH
- 87 – PHI – Borek Dockal (PK) | WATCH
THE BIG PICTURE: The Union are within striking distance of the top six in the East, and for the moment put four points of distance between themselves and the Fire. A big road test in Atlanta looms, however, but Philadelphia have momentum going into that game against the conference leaders. The Fire had plenty of opportunities -- two more from Gordon -- but didn't finish enough of them, and will need Nikolic's scoring touch back on the pitch.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Ilsinho split Bastian Schweinsteiger and another Fire defender in fine fashion before putting away the game's first goal. It was worth watching several times.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Burke was active but Dockal's two assists were pivotal. He did his job and hit the attackers with solid passes, then stepped up for the game-sealing PK.