Thursday, June 23, 2016

Midweek MLS Madness: Union Storm back over Chicago, RSL ends Red Bull win streak

Philadelphia Union 4-3 Chicago Fire
When David Accam put the Fire ahead in the second minute of play, it looked like the Union may come back down to earth after cruising to the top of the Eastern Conference. Instead, it was business as usual for both them and Chicago. Jonathan Campbell provided an own goal to get the Union on the board. Then Roland Alberg went off and bagged a hat trick over the next 41 minutes to give the Union an insurmountable lead. The Fire tried to come back with two late goals by Razvan Cocis 69th minute and Khaly Thiam in the 80th, but it wasn't enough to knock Philadelphia off their ever growing high horse.

Real Salt Lake 2-1 New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls came into this match riding a four game win streak, but Western Conference road trips in midweek are usually a recipe for disaster for any team in the East. Despite Gideon Baah getting them in front in the seventh minute, this match played out as exactly that. It took a while, but Yura Movsisyan, who is really enjoying his return to Utah, got Salt Lake level in the 65th minute and Jordan Allen provided the winner in the 87th. The Red Bulls are still in second place, but the space between them and Philly has swelled to four points. RSL sits in third out West, just a point back of second place Dallas.

LA Galaxy 0-0 Colorado Rapids
This match was midweek MLS incarnate. Neither team looked interested in scoring a goal to earn the full three points. This was a little puzzling for the Galaxy, who haven't been as rocked by Copa America and European Championship departures as other sides have. They have most of their power available to them, but lazy play and non-aggressive tactics worked agaisnt them. It didn't help that the league's most stingy defense was in town. Colorado may be missing Jermaine Jones, but their back line is fully in tact and was more than happy to keep their opponents out the net. The point increases their lead atop the West to four points over Dallas. The Galaxy jumps into fourth place, five points behind RSL.

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