BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Kennedy Igboananike scored early in the second half and the Chicago Fire beat the 10-man Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday in blustery conditions.
Igboananike settled a ball with pace from Michael Harrington in the 51st minute and slid a shot inside the far post.
Chicago (1-1-2) won just its second game in 12 matches dating to last season while Philadelphia (2-2-0) had its two-game winning streak stopped. Chicago has not lost to the Union in seven consecutive meetings — with three wins and four draws.
Veljko Paunovic won his first MLS game as coach of the Fire. He played 17 games for the Union in 2011.
Philadelphia had a pair of near misses in the first half. C.J. Sapong’s header in the 29th minute hit off the crossbar and his redirection in the 41st hit the post.
The Union’s Warren Creavalle received his second yellow card of the game in the 47th minute for a tackle from behind.