Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Union will be looking for
their first-ever positive result in Columbus when the club battles Eastern
Conference rivals the Columbus Crew on Saturday at Crew Stadium.
In seven all-time meetings with the Crew since Philadelphia entered the
league in 2010, The Union are 2-5-0, and have lost all three matches the sides
have played in Ohio.
Columbus took last season's series between the sides, 2-1, including the
clubs' last matchup on September 29, 2012 behind a late winner from Milovan
Philadelphia will also be looking to get back on the winning track after a
hard-fought 2-1 setback against Red Bull New York.
Dax McCarty struck first for the Red Bulls, but second-half substitute Conor
Casey equalized off a corner kick for Philadelphia in the 63rd minute.
However, a moment of brilliance from Thierry Henry nine minutes from time put
the hosts back on top and they held on for the victory, denying the Union
their first-ever win at Red Bull Arena.
"I'm not going to say that we deserved anything, but at the time I thought we
at least had a chance to get a point," said Union captain Brian Carroll. "They
had a couple of good buildups, a couple of good long balls and opportunities.
(Union goalkeeper) Zac (MacMath) came up huge on a couple, but the one we let
up, it was just a good goal."
Columbus, meanwhile, had last week off from MLS competition and will be
shooting for its second straight win after edging D.C. United by a 2-1 count
at RFK Stadium back on March 24, snapping United's 19-match home unbeaten run
in the process.
"This place, you know, the fans here, they're going crazy for 90 minutes and
they just feed off that and it's just a tough, always tough environment here.
It feels that much better [to win]," Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum
Columbus is extremely dangerous in dead-ball situations, having scored four of
its seven goals this season on set-pieces, the highest total in the league.
"It's good that we have goals from different people," Crew head coach Robert
Warzycha said. "Our set-pieces are very good. People are making good runs and
we have good service. We're going to be one of the teams that gets a lot of
goals off set-pieces. Scoring seven goals in the first four games is good. It
means we're creating chances. The goals are different; we can hurt teams in
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