Philly Sports Live

Hat Trick by Roland Alberg Extinguish Chicago Fire

Chester PA: After falling to New York FC on Saturday Afternoon at Yankee Stadium, the Philadelphia Union were looking to maintain their lead in the Eastern conference as they took on the Chicago Fire on Wednesday Night at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester PA. The Union were also looking to maintain their unbeaten streak at home as well.

The Union started the game with the Ball and the scoring got started early as Chicago David Accam got one past Union Goalie Andre Blake in the 2nd minute for the early 1-0 lead, Union would get on the board  in the 11th minute as Roland Alberg took the shot and bounced off the post and went off the Chicago defender Jonathan Campbell for an own goal. Roland Alberg would give the Union a 2-1 lead in the 15th minute. Alberg had the hot hand as he would score his 2nd of the game during stoppage time as he scored on a rebound for a 3-1 lead and that would be the score at halftime.

Chicago stared the 2nd half with the ball and the Union would continue to put the pressure on the Fire as  in the 56th minute Union Chris Pontius  would get tacked in the box and would result in a penalty kick, Roland Alberg would take the penalty kick and he would score to complete the Hat Trick for a 4-1 lead, that would be the 2nd Hat Trick in team History, the first being by Sebastien Le Toux in April 2010. Chicago would make the game interesting that they would cut into the Union lead on goals by Ravan Cocis in 69th minute and Khaly Thiam in the 80th minute to make things very interesting. The Union would be up for the test and Andre Blake would make some game saving saves and good defense. A crowd of 16,667 saw the Philadelphia Union hold on for a 4-3 win for 3 big points. Win the win, the Union extend their unbeaten steak at Talen Energy Stadium to 8-0-2 in their last 10 Games dating back to September 20 2015. The Union next game is on Saturday when they take on Vancouver at Talen Energy Stadium.


Union Manager Jim Curtin:

Union Goalie Andre Blake:

Union Keegan Rosenberry:

Union Chris Pontius: