July 10, 2018 / 9:04 PM / 5 months ago

Struggling Union get no reprieve in trip to Chicago

The Philadelphia Union will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to the Midwest to face the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

The Union (6-9-3, 21 points) were shut out 2-0 by Atlanta United on Saturday for their fourth loss in the last five games.

“Obviously, we are a team that plays better from ahead, make teams come out a little bit more,” Union head coach Jim Curtin told reporters after the 2-0 loss. “But if you look at possession, chances created — if you look at the game from an objective, neutral standpoint I still think it is an even game where they made some plays in front of goal.”

Philadelphia has struggled mightily on the road, with just one victory in its last 20 games. It has 14 losses and five draws while scoring less than one goal per game on average.

Union forward C.J. Sapong has scuffled without a goal through nine consecutive starts. Sapong has scored just two goals all season after notching 16 last season.

“We’re a team,” Curtin told MLSSoccer.com. “We win as a team. We lose as a team.”

The Fire (6-8-5, 23 points) had gone through a five-game unbeaten streak before falling 3-2 on the road to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. Still, they battled to the very end and nearly equalized before losing.

“Some minutes we played well, we had possession, we played to the right player, and in some parts of the game we didn’t,” Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger told MLSSoccer.com. “We gave away the goals and then we lose.”

Chicago has won three of its last five league games at Toyota Park. In their prior 11 games before that, the Fire weren’t nearly as successful, going 3-5-3.

The Fire will be attempting to secure their fifth straight league victory over the Union at home. In their first seven home meetings against the Union, they had only won twice.

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