Recap: Crew Top Union 3-1 in Season Finale

Philadelphia end inaugural season with 8-15-7 record

October 24, 2010 (Columbus, OH) – Philadelphia Union’s road
woes continued in the expansion club’s season finale, with Peter Nowak's side falling 3-1 to the
Columbus Crew on Sunday. Guillermo Barros Schelotto netted an
early penalty kick, Emilio Renteria doubled the advantage before the break, and
Andres Mendoza scored late in the second half, providing more than enough
offense behind a stellar performance from Columbus goalkeeper Will Hesmer. Sebastien Le Toux boosted his MVP candidacy with his 14th goal of the season to go along with 11 assists.

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After dominating possession early, Columbus reaped the
benefit of spending so much time in Philadelphia’s defensive third. Eduardo
Coudet was whistled for a foul in the area when he tackled Eddie Gaven at the
edge of the box, and Barros Schelotto calmly netted his ninth goal of the
season in the 15
th minute off the ensuing penalty kick, targeting
the lower left corner with goalkeeper Chris Seitz diving in the opposite
direction. 

The Union settled down after the goal and controlled the
tempo until falling victim to a defensive breakdown in the 42
nd
minute.  Robbie Rogers turned to
the middle of the field from the left touchline and slotted a pass to Eddie
Gaven, who turned and played Renteria through with a clever chip while the
Union were attempting to hold their line. With no defenders in his vicinity,
Renteria took one touch and found the lower right corner of the net to give
Columbus a 2-0 advantage.

Seitz kept the Union in the match before the interval when
Columbus threatened to extend their lead minutes after their second goal. Emmanuel Ekpo
took advantage of space in the midfield and dribbled into Philadelphia’s area,
laying a ball off to a wide-open Renteria 14 yards out.  Looking for a brace, Renteria one-timed
a shot while falling down, but Seitz was up to the task, diving to his left to
parry the attempt away.

The Union nearly pulled one back in the 59th
minute when second half sub Shea Salinas sent a cross in from the right to
Justin Mapp in the middle of the area. Mapp sent a bouncing ball towards goal,
but Hesmer made an acrobatic save to deny the Union’s bid to cut the deficit in
half.

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The Crew had a chance of their own in the 63rd
minute when Renteria was sent through along the right flank by Barros
Schelotto. Dribbling diagonally into the box, Renteria tried to sneak an angled
shot near post, but Seitz closed down the available space and made a save with
his legs to keep the Union within striking distance.

Seitz continued his strong performance in the 68th
minute when Renteria broke free yet again, coming out to close down a breakaway
opportunity.

The Crew would find a third goal, however, after Barros Schelotto broke free in Philadelphia's territory in the 79th minute. Michael Orozco Fiscal deflected the ball away at the edge of the area, but it bounced right to Mendoza, who rocketed a one-timer with his left foot past Seitz to put the match out of reach.

Despite being down 3-0, the Union continued to push forward. Only a tremendous save from Hesmer off a blast from Salinas kept the Union from scoring in the 81st minute, and Philadelphia avoided the shutout with a tally in the 87th minute. Le Toux received a pass from Alejandro Moreno in the middle of the field, turning towards goal and blasting a shot from just beyond the area past Gaven, who come on for an injured Hesmer late in the match.

The road proved to the Union’s downfall this year, as the
club finished with a 2-12-1 mark away from Philadelphia. With the loss, the
Union failed to record consecutive wins in league play, despite their
much-improved form after a rough start to the season. Officially shedding the
expansion label, the Union notched a 8-15-7 record in their inaugural campaign,
good for seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Scoring Summary:

CLB - Guillermo Barros Schelotto 9 (Unassisted) 15'

CLB - Emilio Renteria 5 (Eddie Gaven 5) 42'

CLB - Andres Mendoza 2 (Unassisted) 79'

PHI - Sebastien Le Toux 14 (Alejandro Moreno 7, Roger Torres 6) 87'

Philadelphia Union -- Chris Seitz, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey, Sebastien Le Toux, Stefani Miglioranzi, Danny Mwanga (Shea Salinas 46), Eduardo Coudet (Andrew Jacobson 46), Alejandro Moreno, Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 66).

Substitutes Not Used: Juan Diego Gonzalez, Kyle Nakazawa, Nick Zimmerman, Brad Knighton.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 4

Columbus Crew -- William Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Andy Iro (Eric Brunner 78), Chad Marshall, Shaun Francis, Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo (Kevin Burns 59), Robbie Rogers, Emilio Renteria (Andres Mendoza 70), Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Adam Moffat, Danny O'Rourke, Andy Gruenebaum.

TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 8

Misconduct: 

CLB -- Emilio Renteria (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63 

PHI -- Michael Orozco Fiscal (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63 

PHI -- Roger Torres (caution; Tactical Foul) 76 

Referee: Jair Marrufo 

Referee's Assistants
: Chris Strickland; Daniel Belleau 

4th Official: Hilario Grajeda 

Time of Game: 1:51 

Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-78-degrees 

Attendance: 19,006