Match Preview: Chicago Fire at Union, Sept 23 at 7 PM

The Union will try to pick up all three points against a very good Chicago side this Saturday in Chester.

There’s good news and there’s bad news: the good news is the Union haven’t lost a match in nearly a month. The bad news is, they haven’t won one either. Coming off of three straight draws, the Union (33 points, 8-9-12) face a much-improved Fire side (48 points, 14-6-9) that’s third in the East and in line for a home playoff match.

The two teams haven’t met this year. They’ll meet again in less than a month in Chicago on October 15th. Last year when the teams met in Chester, Roland Alberg recorded a hat trick as the Union went on to win 4-3. The Union’s last home loss to the Fire happened in 2013; however, that win was three of the four points the Union have gained in the last five matches against Chicago (1-1-3).

Coming after the Union will be Serbian scorer Nemanja Nikolic, who is tied for second in MLS in goals scored with eighteen. Shutting him down would go a long way to picking up at least a point. Nikolic has scored a goal in back-to-back matches though and is in good form.

Union keeper Andre Blake will have to be on his toes for this one. Is he up to the task? Yes. Is the team up to the task of beating Chicago? No. The draw streak continues.

Union 2, Fire 2.

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