Locker room photo vs. Columbus Crew SC

UNION FACT CHECK: Club begins 2018 campaign with two clean sheets

Philadelphia Union will be out of MLS action this week due to the FIFA international window.

  • The Union will return to action 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).
  • The club enters this week third in the Eastern Conference in Points Per Game with four points and a record of 1-0-1.
  • Philadelphia is coming off a shutout performance on Saturday where they played to a 0-0 draw against Columbus Crew SC.
  • 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.
  • Since May 6, 2017, Philadelphia Union own a record of 11-2-2 at Talen Energy Stadium.
  • During that stretch, Philadelphia has allowed just 11 total goals in the 15 match stretch.
  • In that stretch, the club has recorded eight shutouts. Andre Blake has seven shutouts and John McCarthy has one.
  • On Saturday Andre Blake recorded his 19th career shutout 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.
  • Blake is the only regular starting goalkeeper in MLS to own a perfect 100 save percentage, and not allow a goal this season.
  • Blake is tied for the league lead in shutouts with two, despite playing in few matches.
  • Union midfielder Borek Dockal made his team and league debut in Saturday’s match.
  • On Saturday Ray Gaddis made his 145th career appearance for Philadelphia.
  • Gaddis has now played over 12,200 minutes for Philadelphia in his career.
  • Jack Elliott has started in 31 consecutive MLS regular season matches.
  • Auston Trusty made his second career MLS start, assisting in the shutout on Saturday.
  • On Sunday, seven First  Team players started for Bethlehem Steel FC in their 4-1 win over Richmond Kickers.
  • John McCarthy, Matt Real, Mark McKenzie, Derrick Jones, Eric Ayuk, Adam Najem and Marcus Epps started for Bethlehem.
  • In the win, Derrick Jones and Eric Ayuk recorded goals for Bethlehem, with Jones’ proving to be the game-winner.

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