The Philadelphia Union U-17 squad opened their SUM U-17 Cup campaign with a loss in penalty kicks (4-3) to the Columbus Crew. As a result of tournament rules, the squad earned a point for finishing regulation tied 1-1.
Philadelphia opened the scoring off of a Melvin Snoh goal in the seventh minute. The speedy forward snuck in behind the Crew defense to connect with a cross from midfielder Zack Shiposh.
Philadelphia's quickness on and off the ball in the first half put the Crew under pressure, with much of the attack created by central midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin. But the Crew made several changes at half and came out the stronger side.
The Crew were rewarded late in the game on a brilliant strike by Chris Davis, who moved from up front to outside midfielder at the half. Davis settled a loose ball at the top of the penalty area on his thigh and struck a half-volley that rocketed by the Union goalkeeper Zack Steffan.
The game moved to penalty kicks, where Columbus goalkeeper Nick Straight, a halftime sub, stopped John Kuhmer's shot, and Zack Shiposh hit the crossbar. Columbus converted four PKs to prevail and take the extra point.
In the shootout, John Kumher was stoned by Crew goalkeeper Jake Circillo, and Zack Shiposh hit the crossbar to give Columbus a 4-3 victory and two points.
2010 SUM U-17 Cup - Group B
Columbus Crew (0-0-1) vs. Philadelphia Union (0-0-1)
PHI -- Melvin Snoh 1 (Zack Shiposh 1) 7
CLB -- Chris Davis 1 (unassisted) 58
Columbus Crew -- Jake Circillo , Mason Hoge, Dominic Aracri, Max Riehemann, William Bennick, Zachary Mason , Alex Ranalli, Ben Crognate , Rhodes Moore, Chris Davis, Raymond Olivarria.
Subs: Nicholas Straight 31, Tom Granot 31, Charles Reymann 47, Alex Boerio 31
Philadelphia Union -- Zack Steffan, Jonathan Wenger, John Kumher, Benhamin Kennel, Joseph Raymond, Zack Shiposh, Mike Gonzalez, Jimmy McLaughlin, Zach Pfeffer, Melvin Snoh, Chris Sommerville.
Subs: Christian Kascheck 50, Ryan Bertrando 51.
Penalty Shootout - Columbus 4, Philadelphia 3
Matches played with 30-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.