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- Updated: April 7, 2013
It wasn’t a win, but the Philadelphia Union left Crew Stadium with something they never have before, a point. The Union walked into Columbus prior to yesterday’s match 0-3-0 all time, but after a decent effort from the boys in blue, they were able to put a 1 in that draw column. Perhaps it was the stigma of being winless, maybe it was due to some bad finishing, but Philadelphia could have also easily walked away with a 1 in the win column, but it wasn’t to be as they settled for the draw.
The Union had control for most of the first half, but each side had their fair share of chances. It would be Philadelphia who got on the board first after an unsuccessful offside trap would leave Jack McInerney wide open for a pass from Danny Cruz, with the young forward putting it away in the 34th. The Union had a golden opportunity to give themselves a two goal lead going into half time after another pass from Danny Cruz found the foot of Conor Casey who had an open net in front of him. The veteran’s footing was all wrong however, and ended up skying the ball over the net. Casey and the rest of his squad would go into half time with a 1-0, knowing they missed a huge opportunity.
Philadelphia would continue to test Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum and on a couple of chances, almost got past him. Columbus’ defense was clearly flustered throughout the match which was clearly evident by the amount of yellow cards the Crew picked up with four cautions being handed out all within the final third of the match. Despite the strong Union attack, the Crew would equalize in the 72nd with a goal from Dominic Oduro, denying their Eastern Conference rival their first win in Columbus. The Union would have a handful of chances to pick up a game winner after the goal, but poor finishing and a lack of confidence prevented them from putting this one away.
With each team gaining a point, their standings in the East virtually stay the same, with the Union sitting in the fifth spot with Columbus right above.
The Crew will travel to Montreal next weekend to take on the first place Impact at Stade Saputo at 2:00 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the Union head back home to PPL Park after two weeks on the road as they play host to sixth place Toronto FC. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. next Saturday and can be seen locally on ABC 6.