The Columbus Crew returned home for the first match since last year’s MLS Final and the result was the same, a 2-1 loss.
Columbus could have opened the scoring on multiple occasions early in the first half, however, they wasted the majority of scoring chances. With 19 shots, the Crew put just seven on target, with many just wide of the net.
Although outplayed in nearly every category, the Philadelphia Union capitalized on their chances, burying two of their four shots on target. Newly acquired midfielder Chris Pontius scored his first two goals for the Union. He put his club up 1-0 in stoppage time of the first half then added the eventual game-winner in the 71st.
Kei Kamara helped make a late surge for the Crew scoring in the 87th, however, Columbus finished the game the way they started. They created many chances in the final minutes of the game but failed to put any in the net, including one from just yards out when Justin Meram had his tap-in opportunity saved by Union keeper Andre Blake.
Check out some takeaways from the game in pictures: