July 12, 2018 / 2:51 AM / 2 months ago

Union slip past Fire on 95th-minute goal

David Accam scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute to lift the Philadelphia Union to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

The winner came one minute after Bastian Schweinsteiger tied the game for Chicago in second-half stoppage time.

Cory Burke scored two goals and Haris Medunjanin added one goal for the Union, who earned just their second road win of the season.

The Union (7-9-3, 24 points) had dropped four of five.

Nemanja Nikolic and Aleksandar Katai also scored for the Fire (6-9-5, 23 points). It was their second straight defeat after a five-game unbeaten stretch.

In the 19th minute, Burke worked his way free to the left of the box but fired a bending shot just over the goal.

Chicago had a solid scoring chance in the 26th minute when midfielder Brandt Bronico took a shot from the top of the box but hit it a bit wide and high.

The Union took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute on Medunjanin’s second goal of the season and the fourth of his career. He dribbled through a pair of Fire defenders and scored into the corner of the net.

Katai nearly equalized in the 33rd minute but was denied with a save by Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake.

Union defender Mark McKenzie took down Katai in the box in the 38th minute, and the referee whistled for a penalty kick.

Nikolic tied the game at 1 on the PK in the 39th minute. It was his ninth goal of the season.

Just before the third minute of first-half stoppage time ended, Burke headed home a cross from Fafa Picault for a 2-1 Philadelphia advantage.

In the 63rd minute, Nikolic made a run into the box and just missed finishing a cross with a sliding shot.

Katai tied the game at 2 in the 69th minute and joined Nikolic with nine goals apiece this season.

Philadelphia responded quickly as Burke put the Union back ahead 3-2 in the 73rd minute with his second goal of the game. Accam took the initial shot and Burke tapped home the rebound.

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