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Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Chicago Fire, MLS, Philadelphia Union, Recent | 0 comments

Match Review: Chicago Fire

Editors Note: This match review will be a special version written by our newest staff member and former Unholy Union writer Nick Younstein. Without further adieu, here is hopefully not your first taste of Nick.

Enjoy – Murph

Union went and stopped the fire…

Hard-working Danny Cruz, puts in shifts just like Le Toux’s, less productive, thought a bum, where’d that passing touch come from?

A 7th minute goal from Jack McInerney put the Union ahead and startled the home crowd, who expected their third place home side to outclass the visitor wire-to-wire to earn 3 vital points.  Danny Cruz provided the incisive through ball, perfectly directing a pass into Jack’s path using the outside of his right foot while in the air.  Cruz’ work ethic has endeared him to Union fans, but his lacks of appearances on the stat sheet have left something to be desired.  There was something to be said for Danny being given the right to take the penalty kick against Columbus Crew, as it seemed to be a reward for his tireless efforts.  It was a completely different look to see his assist Wednesday night.  This night showed that Danny Cruz has more value in his legs than just what is above his ankles.  I’m giving credit where it is due.

Giveaways but blocking shots, midfield starter he is not…

And I’m referring to Keon Daniel with that line.  The Trinidad international had a sub-standard game.  At his best, he is a distributor.  He has icy-veined control on the ball, and the poise to make smart decisions in his passing.  His lack of pace was exploited today, by both Union’s lack of commitment to forward runs and Chicago’s defense.  He was too often dispossessed of the ball while waiting for his team to avail themselves.  When the roles were reversed, Keon was unable to run onto passes put behind the defender.

Fire forwards face MacMath, defenders dive into their path…

Union seem to play better when things are chaotic around their own goal.  Zac was spared facing several challenging shots because of the desperate defending of his rearguard.  There were nervy moments abound for the back four.  Each member contributed to raising the fans’ collective heart rate with either an inexcusable turnover or slack one-on-one defending which put their goal under siege.  Thankfully for the blue-and-gold, a team effort cleaned up the mess left.  A combination of sliding lay-outs and well-placed bodies (or in Sheanon Williams’ case, a well-placed face) kept the most dangerous Fire chances from burning MacMath in goal (yeah…I know…).

Antoine offsides on the play, didn’t matter anyway, Union’s first road win since July 4th in L.A. …

My take on the goal was that the assistant referee let the goal stand because Hoppenot used a backheel to direct the ball towards goal.  Antoine was pretty clearly offside (hmmmm, offside goal scored within the last ten minutes of a match to give a team a third goal.  Where have we seen that before?…) but Chicago, a man down and unable to crack the Union defense, had little hope of an equalizer.  Hoppenot’s goal merely served to remove any doubt about the match’s outcome.  Union get right back to work at home on Saturday against New England Revolution.

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