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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire (0-0-1) at Philadelphia Union (1-1-0)

The Philadelphia Union have won all 11 of their home games against the Chicago Fire in all competitions (W8 D3), with Chicago’s most recent victory coming in Chester in August 2013. Since 2016, Philadelphia has won seven of its eight home games against the Fire, with Chicago’s only point coming in a 1-1 draw in 2021.

The Philadelphia Union have won 12 consecutive home games, including the playoffs, since June, the second-longest streak in MLS history. The San Jose Earthquakes were the only other team in MLS history to win 14 consecutive games at home, including playoffs, from August 2001 to July 2002.

The Chicago Fire’s season began with a 1-1 draw against New York City FC, marking the record-breaking 14th time in MLS history that the Fire have not won their season opener (D6 L8). Since 2013, Chicago has only won one of its first two games, a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in its second match in 2017.

In Philadelphia Union’s first home game of the season against the Crew, Daniel Gazdag was responsible for all four goals (two goals and two assists). Gazdag has scored 21 goals (14 goals, 7 assists) in his last 11 games at Subaru Park, including playoffs, contributing to at least one goal in 10 of those 11 games.

In 2022, the Chicago Fire had a strong road season, winning five of its last seven away games (D2). The Fire had only won three of their 38 regular-season games away from home (D9 L26) and had lost seven of their previous eight games on the road (D1).

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