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.

Three Things

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Box Score

Next Up

  • CLB: Saturday 3/19 at Chicago (5 pm ET, MLS LIVE)
  • PHI: Sunday 3/20 vs. New England (2:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE)
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