Posted on October 4, 2012
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.— Panama international Gabriel Gomez scored the Philadelphia Union’s second goal in its 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire in a Major League Soccer match at Toyota Park on Wednesday night.
The Union (33 points), which is out of the playoff picture, improved its record to 9-15-6. The Fire (16-10-5, 53) lost its second consecutive game, but remained in a second-place tie with the New York Red Bulls entering its Saturday showdown at Red Bull Arena.
Jack McInerney, who had given the visitors a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, became playmaker in the 67th minute. He sent a header into the path of Gomez, who was making a run down the right flank. Gomez fired a shot across the mouth of the goal and into the upper left corner.
The Fire was not helped by the ejection of Mexican forward Guillermo Franco, a second-half substitute who was given a straight red card for a late challenge on Brian Carroll in the 79th minute.
“I went for the ball,” Franco said. “It was a normal play at midfield, neither relevant nor dangerous. He kicked the ball and when he kicked it, there may have been some contact but it was not with an intention other than getting the ball and I was shown the red card. I explain[ed] to ref I was on the field to play and not diving or elbowing anybody and on the first 50-50 ball that I [went] for I get sent off. This is the first time that I come in as a sub and get sent off.”
Photo: Gabriel Gomez gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama
Tags: Chcicago Fire, Gabriel Gomez, Guillermo Franco, Major League Soccer, Philaelphia Union