The Philadelphia Union (7-11-2) host the Chicago Fire (10-7-5) on Sunday in a game with playoff implications.
The Fire are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 35 points. The Union are 12 points behind the Fire but have two games in hand over Chicago. If the Union are going to make a playoff push as the season winds down, they desperately need to claim all three points in this match.
Gabriel Gomez and Lionard Pajoy lead the team with five goals. Michael Farfan leads the Union with four assists. Antoine Hoppenot could see the field as a starter at forward for the Union. Hoppenot has two goals in 11 appearances this season. Philadelphia will depend on the veteran presence of Freddy Adu in the midfield. Adu has three goals and an assist this season. Two of the goals have come in his past four matches.
Marco Pappa leads Chicago with six goals and Sebastian Grazzini has the team lead with five assists. Pappa has been called up to the Guatemalan national team but might still see some action on Sunday. Grazzini is still on personal leave but new acquisition Alvaro Fernandez should get a start in the midfield.
Game Time: 7 p.m.
National TV: Galavision
Regional TV: CSN-PHI
Venue: PPL Park, Chester, Penn.
Season Series: Fire lead, 1-0 (1-0 Chicago victory, March 24)
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