The Philadelphia Union defeated the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, 1-0, in front of 18,906 fans at PPL Park. The win snapped the Union’s eight-game winless streak, and it was also their first ever win against Columbus. Even after the loss, the Crew remain in first place in the East with 41 points (11-10-8). The three points for Philly keeps them in a tie for third in the East. They are sitting on 39 points (9-7-12).
Sebastien Le Toux scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute. Roger Torres played a long ball the right side of midfield. His pass was placed perfectly for Le Toux, who outran Crew defender Eric Gehrig to the ball. Goalie William Hesmer came off his line, but Le Toux finished calmly past him and into the net.
Andres Mendoza had the best chance to score for Columbus in the 16th minute, but his shot was saved by a diving Zac MacMath. That was Columbus’ only shot on goal the entire game, and the NorOnTour had to travel back home with a 1-0 loss.
16-year-old Zach Pfeffer made his first ever MLS start for Philadelphia on Saturday against Columbus. The teenager was subbed out in the 62nd minute.
The Crew continue their season with a match at home this Saturday against the league leaders LA Galaxy. The Union travel to take on Sporting Kansas City on Friday.
Columbus Crew – William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Shaun Francis, Eric Gehrig, Dilly Duka, Danny O’Rourke, Dejan Rusmir (Josh Gardner 83), Robbie Rogers, Tommy Heinemann (Justin Meram 62), Andres Mendoza (Jeff Cunningham 74).
Philadelphia Union – Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes, Danny Califf, Gabriel Farfan, Zach Pfeffer (Danny Mwanga 62), Freddy Adu (Amobi Okugo 75), Brian Carroll, Roger Torres (Morgan Langley 80), Sebastien Le Toux, Michael Farfan.
On Sunday morning, the Crew reserves continue their stellar season, picking up a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Union reserves. Jack McInerney scored first for Philly in the 14th minute, before Emmanuel Ekpo equalized in the 16th and Josh Gardner took the lead for Columbus in the 75th. The Crew reserves are now 6-1-0 this year.