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MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 3-0 Philadelphia Union (video)

New England Revolution v Chicago Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - APRIL 19: Sean Johnson #25 of the Chicago Fire talks to a referee during an MLS match against the New England Revolution at Toyota Park on April19, 2014 in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Fire and the Revolution tied 1-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Who knows what’s happening — let alone what’s going to happen — in the Eastern Conference? You don’t, even if you think you do. I know, without a single doubt in my mind, that I don’t either. We’re all in the same boat after a result like the (previously) last-place Chicago Fire’s 3-0 victory over over the fourth-place Philadelphia Union on Saturday. It was anything but pretty, of course, but first-year head coach Veljko Paunovic has the bunch from Bridgeview looking more and more like a professional soccer team with each passing week (now just one loss in their last five games). Roland Alberg opened the scoring with an unfortuante (but deserved — further explanation of that below), and Michael de Leeuw scored from a simple tap-in. Not pretty, but they all count the same. Finally, the Fire are out of the MLS cellar.

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Three moments that mattered

22' — Alberg credited with an own goal — After his pathetic play-acting and blatant cheating last weekend, some might say the soccer gods have it out for Alberg.

31' — Pontius goes upper-90, but Johnson tips it over — Chris Pontius couldn’t have place this much better than he did, and Sean Johnson couldn’t have reacted any better than he did.

71' — De Leeuw heads home to make it 2-0 — Here, you can see every Union defender to rotate while in emergency transition, which is almost always a very bad thing.

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Man of the match: Sean Johnson

Goalscorers: Alberg (22' - OG), De Leeuw (71'), Alvarez (90')

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