By Julie Glass
The Union knocked off the Chicago Fire, 2-0, to stay four points ahead of DC United for first place in the MLS East.
Philly rode goals from attacking midfielder Marco Fabian and his second-half replacement, Anthony Fontana.
Fabian’s goal — his second in three games — was a rocket from outside of the box that came off of a well-designed free kick in the 11th minute, as Haris Medunjanin played a ball on the ground to Kai Wagner, who then passed it back to Fabian.
Fontana, a 19-year-old Homegrown, scored his second MLS goal — and first since the 2018 opener — shortly after coming into the game, thanks to a tireless effort from Wagner to fight for the ball and cross it to him in the 65th minute.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake stopped a couple of second-half headers from former teammate CJ Sapong, who was back in Philly for the first time after scoring 36 goals for the Union from 2015-18. Blake’s shutout was preserved when Diego Campos blasted a late shot off the crossbar as the Fire dropped to 0-8-3 on the road this season.