Game Day 5: Columbus Crew 1 - Philadelphia Union 1


The Crew move to 2-1-2 with another home tie.

The Crew would extend their home unbeaten streak to 11, but rather than the three points that come from with a win, they would have to scrape to a 1-1 draw.

Warzycha tried to carry over the success the team had in D.C. by starting an unchanged lineup. Dominic Oduro retained his place at forward despite Jairo Arrieta's return from national team duty.

Even with the unchanged lineup, it was the Union that got off to a hot start. The Union outshot the Crew four to one through the first 30 minutes. Many of these chances would come on the counterattack as Jack McInerney and Conor Casey worked to beat the trap.

The Union would break through in the 34th minute. Amobi Okugo would fire in a long entry pass that was tipped past Glauber and freed Danny Cruz. Cruz centered the pass to McInerney to finish the three on zero breakaway to make it 1-0. It was a well earned goal.

Columbus would wake up a little after the goal. Oduro pushed into space in the 38th minute, but his shot from near the spot went well over the bar.

The Crew would press for the equalizer from the start of the second half. Agustin Viana would be lifted and Arrieta would take his place. Eddie Gaven would shift centrally to give the Crew more offensive punch and Columbus slowly started holding the ball better.

As a result of the better possession, the Crew built several chances. Arrieta's holdup play would allow the offense to overlap and get towards the Union goal. After a quiet first half that included three shots, Columbus had seven during the second.

The equalizer would come midway through the half as the Crew would pin the Union inside their 18. Gaven would draw in the defense and drop the ball to Oduro. Oduro would cut towards the end line and fire a tight angle shot past Zac MacMath to tie the game at one.

Both sides pressed for the winner as the game opened up. Josh Williams would lob a header that caromed off the crossbar and out in the 81st minute. Keon Daniel would come closest for the Union with a late free kick that Gruenebaum parried wide.

The Union remain winless in Crew Stadium and Columbus moves to 2-1-2 with 8 points on the year. They start a two game road trip in Montreal next Saturday before heading to Chicago in two weeks.

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