Chester, PA (Sports Network) - A goal in each half from Chris Rolfe helped
propel the Chicago Fire to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park
The home side tallied the opening goal after Fire defender Jalil Anibaba
inadvertently redirected the ball into his own net.
But Chicago closed out the first half with two goals in the span of three
minutes as both Rolfe and Arne Friedrich found the net shortly before the
Rolfe then netted his fourth goal of the campaign after halftime to help the
Fire secure a second straight win, while at the same time dealing the Union
its third defeat in four games.
Gabriel Farfan almost put the Union ahead in the 11th minute when he headed
Freddy Adu's free kick off the crossbar.
And it was another cross from Adu that led to the opening goal as his service
narrowly missed the head of teammate Chandler Hoffman and instead struck the
foot of Anibaba, turning it past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
It was a bit of good fortune for Philadelphia, but the club soon found itself
down at halftime as Sherjill MacDonald set up a first-time finish for Rolfe in
the 43rd minute to level the match before Friedrich turned home a header from
Marco Pappa's corner kick in first-half stoppage time.
The Fire seized control from there and went up two goals in the 56th minute
when Patrick Nyarko's flicked header at midfield allowed Rolfe to get to the
edge of the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Zac MacMath at his near post.
Michael Farfan tried to answer back a few minutes later for the Union, but his
shot struck the post and it was as close as the hosts would come to reducing