Crew 1 - 0 Philadelphia
OMG A SHOT ON GOAL
The Union finally get a good attempt on goal right on the 90th minute, but Sapong’s shot was held by Steffen as it lacked the pace to really work the keeper
CJ Sapong took a hard hit from the Crew’s Aboubakar & he doesn’t look very good to continue, but he comes back onto the pitch after coming off.
Elliot gets a yellow card in the 77th minute for a foul on Zardes
Ray Gaddis comes on for Fabinho who appears to be hurt.
Fafa Picault had come on for David Accam earlier in the match.
After Fabinho had a brutal turnover in the middle of the pitch, the Crew had a three on two, but they were unable to get a shot on net after the pass to Higuain was too heavy and the opportunity came to naught.
Changes for both Union and Crew
Frederico Higuain came on for Hansen for Columbus and Marcus Epps came in for Ilsinho for the Union at the hour mark.
Union defense breaks down and Zardes poaches a goal from within the six-yard box. A total breakdown defensively after Blake had put the ball out of the box, but the Union defense are asleep & the ball is turned into the back of the net.
54' Goal Columbus. Gyasi Zardes finds the ball and the home team is on top 1-0.— Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) May 10, 2018
Who was marking the far post? No one!
Crew goes close
Valenzuela take a shot on goal for Columbus that goes inches wide. While it’s an accomplishment, I guess, for the Union to have the Crew’s best shots come from fullbacks, it’s still a little annoying that there has been almost no attempt to get forward at all.
Scoreless at Half-time
The match is scoreless at half-time.
Scoreless at halftime in Columbus. Not much evidence that the Union will change their end of the board.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) May 10, 2018
Scoreless at the Half.— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) May 10, 2018
0-0 | #CLBvPHI pic.twitter.com/c6gfPaA5BW
OFF THE POST
Harrison Afful has a well-taken shot that hits the post and bounces to safety. Philadelphia lucky not to concede.
A little more pressure from Columbus
Columbus won a few corners, but the end product was letting the Crew down. The early pressure from the Union seems to have evaporated and the Union haven’t been able to control the ball at all and only the poor finishing by the Crew have kept the hosts off the score sheet.
Yellow Card for Columbus
The game has been a starting to get a little chippy, with some fouls being committed by both teams. Columbus finally gets a yellow card after a player tries to take down Blake in the box.
27' Crew win a free kick.. That won't beat the first man but then the Union can't clear and then Jonathan clatters Blake and sees a yellow for it.— Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) May 10, 2018
28' Crew SC #4 Jonathan gets the first Yellow Card
Union holding off Crew so far
Columbus currently seem to have given up on the midfield battle and are looking to play long balls over the top to try and outrun the backline of the Union, with almost no success.
Union have dealt very well with any Crew attacks that have been made.
15' Columbus trying to go over the top on Trusty and Fabinho but they usually (lol in like 20 minutes when it works) are well off the mark— Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) May 9, 2018
The Union have had a number of good chances early in the match, but the team was unable to convert any of them. Bedoya had perhaps the best chance of all of the Union players, but his touch was a bit heavy and he couldn’t get a shot off.
Fabinho returns from injury, otherwise an unchanged side from the team that lost to Toronto FC
Now for that starting XI graphic, presented by @acmemarkets #JoinOrDie pic.twitter.com/KJYoqGNdvS— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) May 9, 2018
Ready for a Wednesday night rumble!— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) May 9, 2018
to @luis_argudo26 for making his 1st career @MLS start tonight!#CrewSC | #CLBvPHI pic.twitter.com/ZrIto5BHPr
How to watch
Where: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
When: 7:30 p.m. ET, May 9, 2018
Streaming: ESPN+, MLS Live on DAZN (Canada)