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Game thread: Columbus Crew SC at Philadelphia Union

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Follow along as the Black and Gold head to Chester

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC sits at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 2-0-0 record and head east against the Philadelphia Union. The Union capitalized on a weakened Revolution side in their opener to move to 1-0-0 before having a bye last week. Massive Report has you covered to get up to speed on the matchup. Ralph Schudel scouting report breaks down the Union and Nathanial Marhefka’s goes deep in to what to expect with his tactics review.

Pedro down in stoppage time. Luis Argudo on for him.

Crew SC substitution: Niko Hansen for Martinez

64’ Milton to Pedro to Gyasi… Zardes misses again... but it’s offside on Santos.

62’ Zardes’ cross finds Valenzuela (?) but he can’t quite connect.

52’ Great cross from Valenzuela is headed wide by Zardes.

50’ Accam with the shot from the top of the box, but Steffen dives to collect.

46’ Zardes with the first effort of the half. His shot is right to Blake though.

46’ Union substitution: Fabinho off for Raymon Gaddis.

36’ Bad give away by #CrewSC out of the back almost costs them, but Artur makes a clutch sliding tackle in the penalty box to deny the Union.

27’ Zardes through on goal but fires his shot well wide. Shanked it after that Higuain pass.

21’ Union free kick from the top of the penalty area is right at Steffen.

8’ Jonathan down and slow to get up. Looks to be okay though.

Lineups:

Columbus Crew SC:

Philadelphia Union:

Injuries and Absences:

Crew SC: Rookie midfielder Luis Argudo has picked up a left thigh injury and is questionable. Josh Williams remains on the injury list, but has been back in training and likely will play. Mike Grella and Gaston Sauro remain out on long term injuries.

Philadelphia Union: Ilsinho is the only player on the injury list and is questionable w a right hamstring strain.

How to watch:

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pennsylvania)

TV: The CW 53.1, Spectrum Sports

Radio: English: CD102.5 FM / ColumbusCrewSC.com Spanish: ColumbusCrewSC.com

Stream: Live.MLSSoccer.com