Trying to erase the memory of an ugly last outing in Delco their last time out, the Union put another point on their 2011 total to keep pace in a tight top of the Eastern Conference table last night in Chicago. They weren't able to hold on to a first half lead though, with the Fire tying things up for good in the early stages of the second half.
Union fans who were disappointed at the sudden and odd departure of finishing threat Carlos Ruiz got some momentary reprieve when fellow journeyman striker Veljko Paunovic opened the scoring with a long left-footer in the 34th minute:
Unfortunately, the U weren't able to build on that lead and put away the struggling Fire. The Pavel Pardo soap opera had a great episode when the newly acquired midfielder took advantage of some chaos in front of Faryd Mondragon and equalized for Chicago.
Full highlights below. As you'll see, the game wasn't without its good chances for both sides. Mondragon had a huge save on Dominic Oduro at about 5:40 of the video, 60:00 of the game time. Not included in the video is Danny Mwanga's extra time dance, when all Philly soccer supporters were likely screaming SHOOT and firing things around their living rooms when he didn't.
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.