Columbus Crew SC 1, Philadelphia Union 2 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
Chris Pontius opened his Philadelphia Union scoring account by bagging a brace, and his double was enough to help the club knock off Columbus Crew SC, 2-1. The Union held a healthy lead late into the match at MAPFRE Stadium, but still had to stave off a late comeback attempt from Crew SC.
Pontius opened the scoring in the waning moments of the first half, slotting home a long throw-in that was nicked before reaching him. The veteran then put Philadelphia up by two in the 71st minute with a left-footed effort to the near post. Kei Kamara pulled Columbus within a goal when his 87th-minute header found the back of the net, but the hosts were unable to beat the stellar Andre Blake again and were forced to end the night with zero points.
- HISTORIC FIRST: Saturday's win at MAPFRE Stadium marked the first time the Union beat Crew SC in Columbus. Philadelphia were also the first team to prevail there in a Crew SC home opener since 2004.
- BLAKE SHINES: Chris Pontius might grab the headlines for his two-goal outing, but Union goalkeeper Andre Blake will also take a share of the spotlight. Blake kept his side from falling behind or giving up an equalizer, making six saves, including a few very impressive ones, in the victory.
- CREW WINLESS THROUGH TWO: For the first time since 2006, Columbus have slipped to 0-2 to start a season. Crew SC could have avoided that, but wasted the majority of the 19 shots they took on the night.
- 45+1' -- PHI -- Chris Pontius
- 71' -- PHI -- Chris Pontius
- 87' -- CLB -- Kei Kamara (Mohammed Saeid)
- Full box score
- Watch highlights
- CLB: Saturday 3/19 at Chicago (5 pm ET, MLS LIVE)
- PHI: Sunday 3/20 vs. New England (2:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE)