BOX SCORE: Philadelphia Union 0, Columbus Crew SC 0
Andre Blake keeps 19th clean sheet of his career in draw vs. Crew SC
Philadelphia Union 0 – Columbus Crew SC 0
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Saturday, March 17, 2018
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TODAY’S MATCH INFO:
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, PA)
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistants: Peter Manikowski, Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Marcos Deoliveira
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: 47 degrees and cloudy
CLB – Artur (caution) 53’
PHI – Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 76’
CLB – Federico Higuain (caution) 78’
PHI – Keegan Rosenberry (caution) 89’
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Jack Elliott, Auston Trusty, Fabinho (Raymon Gaddis 46’); Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fabian Herbers (Cory Burke 63’), Borek Dockal (Anthony Fontana 77’), David Accam; CJ Sapong
Substitutes not used: John McCarthy; Richie Marquez, Derrick Jones, Jay Simpson
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Lalas Abubakar, Milton Valenzuela; Artur, Wil Trapp; Cristian Martinez (Niko Hansen 73’), Federico Higuain, Pedro Santos (Luis Argudo 90’+3’); Gyasi Zardes
Substitutes not used: Jon Kempin; Josh Williams, Mohammed Abu, Ricardo Clark, Hector Jimenez
Union midfielder Borek Dockal made his team and league debut in today’s match … the Designated Player notched two shots over 77 minutes in the contest.
Today marked the 19th shutout of Andre Blake’s career and his second of the season … Blake is now one clean sheet shy of becoming the second goalkeeper in club history to reach 20; he trails only Zac MacMath (28) in the franchise record book.
With the shutout, Philadelphia has begun the 2018 campaign with two clean sheets in two matches, achieving that feat for the second time in franchise history … it was first done in 2011, by Faryd Mondragon, who kept clean sheets at Houston (March 19) and vs. Vancouver (March 26).
Following a bye week due to the FIFA international window, the Union next play on Saturday, March 31 with the club’s first road match of the season, at Colorado Rapids (9:00 p.m. ET / Live Well Network).