Union Draw 0-0 With Revs
Foxboro, MA – The Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution played to a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a stadium that is used to seeing high scoring affairs with the Patriots. Tonight neither team could get it done as both teams have hit a wall this season. Normally a 0-0 performance on the road would be a good result but the Union’s scoring struggles are a bigger concern.
The Union were the better side throughout the match and controlled the ball 65% of the game. The Revs didn’t get a shot in the match until the second half. Poor execution by the Union and great goalkeeping from Matt Reis were the real reason it ended 0-0. Coming into New England the Union had the least goals scored in the East and their offensive slump continued. Philadelphia did manage to get 7 shots on goal but a lot of them were right at Reis. Philadelphia had no threat in the air, something the Union must in the off-season.
The Revs’ attack was not a factor as the Union’s back-line and keeper Zac MacMath shut down New England’s attempts on goal. One of those defenders, Amobi Okugo, was Philadelphia’s biggest scoring threat tonight; he had a chance right before the half to make it 1-0 as his header hit the post. Danny Cruz also had key chances but he failed to open up the Union scoring. Since joining the Union two weeks ago Cruz has started every game. The Union did had have good ball control and set up play from All-Star Midfielder Michael Farfan as he sent some great passes into the box that were not connected on.
Philadelphia will have a lot time off to work on set pieces and scoring as the Union return to the road to face Toronto F.C. on Sept. 15. The last time Philly faced Toronto was May 26, a game the Union lost 1-0 and it was first match Toronto picked up any points. In that game Chris Konopka made his only start in goal for the Union. It was also the last match former manager Peter Nowak coached before being let go by the Union in early June.
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