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Jul 3, 2024 11:06 pm

Late rally leads Fire to 4-3 victory over Union

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Hugo Cuypers’ brace in the final eight-plus minutes Wednesday night enabled the Chicago Fire to erase a two-goal deficit and beat the visiting Philadelphia Union 4-3.

Cuypers’ header off a Chris Mueller assist in the 82nd minute drew Chicago (5-10-6, 21 points) within a goal. Gaston Gimenez tied the score seven minutes later when he buried Rafael Czichos’ feed.

A minute into stoppage time, Cuypers used Maren Haile-Selassie’s service and delivered the match-winning tally. The assist capped a big game for Haile-Selassie, who scored the Fire’s first goal and also picked up the secondary helper on Cuypers’ first tally.

Chris Donovan, Daniel Gazdag and Jack McGlynn scored in an 11-minute span bridging the halves that provided a 3-1 cushion for Philadelphia (4-9-8, 20 points). But a second straight late collapse — the Union conceded two markers after the 88th minute in a 4-2 loss at CF Montreal on Saturday — sent Philadelphia to its fifth consecutive defeat.

The Union are 0-5-3 in their past eight fixtures.

In a matchup of sides desperately seeking wins to move up the Eastern playoff table, the Fire made the Union concede first via an authoritative run down the right side from Allan Arigoni.

His pass into the box was deflected by a defender and Haile-Selassie claimed it at point-blank range, chipping it over prone goalie Oliver Semmle in the 30th minute. It was Haile-Selassie’s fourth straight match with a goal.

However, Chicago’s leaky defense couldn’t protect the lead for long. Leon Flach teed up Donovan for the equalizer in the 38th minute via service into the box. Donovan’s deflection to the right post left goalie Chris Brady helpless.

The Union took the lead in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time. Brady was shown a yellow card after committing a foul in the box, and Gazdag converted from the spot for a 2-1 halftime advantage.

McGlynn made it 3-1 in the 49th minute when he blistered a left-footed shot past a diving Brady that banged off the left post, then the right before crossing the goal line.

–Field Level Media

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