Philadelphia Union face Chicago Fire for third time in 2021


The Philadelphia Union will play the Chicago Fire for the third time this season on Sunday night at Subaru Park.

Philadelphia picked up four points from those matches, a 2-0 win on May 8 and a 3-3 draw on June 26.

Sunday’s match kicks off a run of four games in five league matches that the Union will play on home soil.

Coverage of the match begins on Fox Sports The Gambler on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET with the Union Pregame Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook with Jon Jansen and Joe Tansey. JP Dellacamera and Danny Higginbotham will be on the game call. The Postgame Show follows after the final whistle with Jansen, Tansey and Kevin Kinkead.

The game will be televised on TUDN in Spanish and on Twitter in English.

Philadelphia will be close to full strength for Sunday's contest. Andre Blake and Cory Burke returned from the Concacaf Gold Cup. Jamaica was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by the United States last Sunday.

Alvas Powell, who was the third member of the Union's Jamaican contingent, is the only Union played listed as out on the injury report with a hamstring injury.

Jack De Vries and Anthony Fontana, both of whom have been in concussion protocol, are listed as questionable. Ilsinho is off the injury report.

De Vries is still a while away from earning any significant playing time since he has not trained in full since preseason. Fontana should be further along in his progress and could feature on the bench.

Philadelphia will also be without Sergio Santos due to a one-game suspension that was announced on Saturday afternoon.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee fined Santos an undisclosed amount and suspended him for a game for violating the league's policy regarding throwing or kicking an object toward fans. Santos punted a ball into the stands in frustration after a foul was called on him during the loss to Orlando City.

Santos' suspension means Burke will slide right into the starting lineup next to Kacper Przybylko. Burke has the most goals of any Union player versus Chicago with six.

With a win, the Union can move up from fifth to third in the Eastern Conference. The Union have 24 points. New York City FC and Nashville SC are tied above them with 26 points.

Philadelphia is 4-2-1 at Subaru Park and it has not lost on home soil since it was beaten by NYCFC on May 1 in the middle of the run though the Concacaf Champions League.

The Union have three league games left to prepare for the CCL semifinal against Club America. The first leg will be played at Estadio Azteca on August 12. The second leg will be back in Chester on September 15.


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