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Union vs Crew quick reference

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All time record: 2-4-0
At PPL Park: 2-2-0
At Columbus Crew Stadium: 0-2-0
Goals For: 6
Goals Against: 9

Did you know…

The Union have scored exactly one goal in each of their six meetings with the Crew.

August 29, 2012: Philadelphia Union 1 – 2 Columbus Crew

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Eddie Gaven scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time Wednesday as the Columbus Crew saw off the Union 2–1 at PPL Park despite playing down a man for the final 21 minutes.”

“In the 69th minute, the match changed abruptly when Josh Williams, the Crew goal-scorer, was sent to the locker room following an altercation with Antoine Hoppenot”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“When Eddie Gaven pounded in the match-winner for Columbus on Wednesday, he firmly drove home the final nail in the Union’s 2012 season. A common expression sure, but apt nonetheless, in that a coffin short only one nail was already well and truly shut.”

“Dreadfully inaccurate with his passing, Gomez looked less the midfield general and more the assistant referee, as he consistently raised his arm, apologizing for an errant ball, of which he played 21 on the night.”

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Scoring Summary
29 – PHI: Valdes
41 – CLB: Williams (Higuain)
90 – CLB: Gaven (Meram)

Discipline Summary
28 – CLB: Birchall (caution)
69 – CLB: Williams (ejection)
69 – PHI: Hoppenot (caution)

Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes (Raymon Gaddis ’54), Gabriel Farfan; Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot ’61), Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan, Gabriel Gomez; Jack McInerney (Freddy Adu ’77)
Unused substitutes: Chase Harrison, Josue Martinez, Chandler Hoffman, Keon Daniel

Matt Lampson; Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Josh Williams; Eddie Gaven, Milovan Mirosevic, Chris Birchall (Cole Grossman ’84), Dilly Duka (Justin Meram ’66); Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta (Julius James ’72)
Unused substitutes: Emilio Renteria, Nemanja Vukovic, Tony Tchani, Scott Angevine

Yader Reyes


April 14, 2012: Philadelphia Union 1 – 0 Columbus Crew

PSP Match Report Highlights

“They had to scrap it out until the end, but the Union kept a clean sheet and, most importantly, earned their first victory of the season with a 1-0 over the Columbus Crew at PPL Park.”

“With the Union midfield finally finding the chemistry coach Peter Nowak has been looking for in 2012 the scoreline could easily have been greater, but the Union’s strike force continued to sputter on the day mustering only two shots on target.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“Gabriel Farfan’s return to the starting lineup at the expense of the hapless Porfirio Lopez not only strengthened the defense; it aided the attack with the aggressive Farfan comfortably prowling forward in support of Freddy Adu.”

“Fast forward to Columbus, where Peter Nowak flipped his two holding midfielders [Carroll and Gomez], putting each back into his natural slot, and reaped the benefits as both players were largely responsible for keeping the Union in the ascendancy throughout the match.”

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Union: Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan; Brian Carroll, Gabriel Gomez (Amobi Okugo ’71), Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan; Freddy Adu (Josue Martinez ’62), Lionard Pajoy (Antoine Hoppenot ’93)
Unused substitutes: Chase Harrison, Jack McInerney, Cristhian Hernandez, Porfirio Lopez

Crew: Andy Gruenebaum; Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Eric Gehrig, Shaun Francis (Nemanja Vukovic ’73); Kirk Urso, Milovan Mirosevic, Eddie Gaven, Ethan Finlay (Bernardo Anor ’65); Olman Vargas, Aaron Schoenfeld (Emilio Renteria ’68)
Unused substitutes: Matt Lampson, Josh Williams, Tony Tchani, Cole Grossman

Scoring Summary:
37 – Philadelphia: Gabriel Gomez (PK)

Misconduct Summary:
25 – Philadelphia: Gomez (Caution)
48 – Philadelphia: Carroll (Caution)
70 – Columbus: Gehrig (Caution)
71 – Philadelphia: G. Farfan (Caution)
78 – Columbus: Gaven (Caution)
85 – Philadelphia: Martinez (Caution)

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Attendance: 18526

September 17, 2011: Philadelphia Union 1–0 Columbus Crew

PSP Match Report Highlights

“On a chilly night in Chester against a listless first place Columbus Crew team, a goal from the resurgent Sebastien Le Toux was all the Philadelphia Union needed to earn their first victory since July 17 with a 1-0 scoreline.”

“…a moment of magic from Torres sprang Le Toux to break the deadlock…Torres curled a teasing ball beyond the defense from his own half…Sebastien Le Toux raced in behind to control the ball before sliding it past a helpless Will Hesmer.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“Since the heavily publicized signing of Freddy Adu, the Union’s best playmaker has been…You guessed it, Roger Torres.”

“Columbus insisted on fielding two loafing forwards and, as expected, neither found any space all night as they were hounded, harassed and hurried at every turn by the bigger, faster, stronger Union duo [of Valdes and Califf].”

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Scoring Summary: 
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 7 (Roger Torres 1) 32

Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Shaun Francis, Eric Gehrig, Dilly Duka, Danny O’Rourke, Dejan Rusmir (Josh Gardner 83), Robbie Rogers, Tommy Heinemann (Justin Meram 62), Andres Mendoza (Jeff Cunningham 74).
Substitutes Not Used: Cole Grossman, Aaron Horton, Josh Williams, Chris Konupka.

Philadelphia Union — Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Carlos Valdes, Danny Califf, Gabriel Farfan, Zach Pfeffer (Danny Mwanga 62), Freddy Adu (Amobi Okugo 75), Brian Carroll, Roger Torres (Morgan Langley 80), Sebastien Le Toux, Michael Farfan.
Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Nakazawa, Thorne Holder.

Misconduct Summary:
CLB — Dejan Rusmir (caution; Handball) 12

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: -Chris Strickland; Adam Garner
4th Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-68-degrees
Attendance: 18,906

August 20, 2011:  Columbus Crew 2–1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“In the 51st minute, Mark Kadlecik completely changed the nature of the game when he pointed to the spot. Robbie Rogers’ cross hit Sheanon Williams arm as he raised it across his chest (as opposed to stretched away from his body). Mendoza’s penalty was deflected by Mondragon but the ball trickled across the line.”

“Although Philadelphia showed once again that they can challenge for the top of the conference, the magic that buoyed them in the early stages of the season has gone missing. It’s still around though, waiting for a confident player to take his chance and put the team on his shoulders.”

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

“Without a striker sitting centrally, the Union’s rotating midfield system—which includes the second striker dropping deep on defense——has no outlet.”

“[the Union] is a team playing as if they assume disaster is about to strike. Instead of pouncing on the opponent’s errors they are wondering when their own big mistake will come.”

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Scoring Summary: 
CLB — Emilio Renteria 6 (Robbie Rogers 5, Andres Mendoza 2) 37
PHI — Veljko Paunovic 3 (Keon Daniel 2) 42
CLB — Andres Mendoza 8 (penalty kick) 51

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Michael Farfan 60), Stefani Miglioranzi, Veljko Paunovic, Keon Daniel (Jack McInerney 73), Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga (Freddy Adu 60).
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Zach Pfeffer, Zac MacMath.

Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner, Justin Meram (Dilly Duka 60), Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers, Andres Mendoza (Bernardo Anor 76), Emilio Renteria (Tommy Heinemann 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Gehrig, Cole Grossman, Danny O’Rourke, Andy Gruenebaum.

Misconduct Summary:
CLB — William Hesmer (caution; Dissent) 42
CLB — Julius James (caution; Enters without Permission) 58
CLB — Tommy Heinemann (caution; Dissent) 84
PHI — Michael Farfan (caution; Reckless Foul) 92+
PHI — Carlos Valdes (caution; Reckless Foul) 93+

Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Referee’s Assistants: Chris Strickland; Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Cloudy-and-83-degrees
Attendance: 13,869

October 24, 2010 Columbus Crew 3–1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“The Crew dominated the game from the outset, keeping the Union consistently on their heels, but it was a questionable penalty call that led to the first goal.”

“…that Renteria’s shoe-telephone celebration was pretty stupid.”

Scoring Summary:
CLB – Guillermo Barros Schelotto 9 (Unassisted) 15′
CLB – Emilio Renteria 5 (Eddie Gaven 5) 42′
CLB – Andres Mendoza 2 (Unassisted) 79′
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 14 (Alejandro Moreno 7, Roger Torres 6) 87′

Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey, Sebastien Le Toux, Stefani Miglioranzi, Danny Mwanga (Shea Salinas 46), Eduardo Coudet (Andrew Jacobson 46), Alejandro Moreno, Justin Mapp (Roger Torres 66).
Substitutes Not Used: Juan Diego Gonzalez, Kyle Nakazawa, Nick Zimmerman, Brad Knighton.


Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Andy Iro (Eric Brunner 78), Chad Marshall, Shaun Francis, Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo (Kevin Burns 59), Robbie Rogers, Emilio Renteria (Andres Mendoza 70), Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Adam Moffat, Danny O’Rourke, Andy Gruenebaum.


CLB — Emilio Renteria (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63
PHI — Michael Orozco Fiscal (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63
PHI — Roger Torres (caution; Tactical Foul) 76

Referee: Jair Marrufo

Referee’s Assistants
: Chris Strickland; Daniel Belleau

4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-78-degrees
Attendance: 19,006

August 5, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1–2 Columbus Crew

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“The Union played hard, but it was clear that Columbus was the better team, scoring beautiful goals and playing terrific defense that threw the Union off all night.”

“Will Hesmer is my new favorite opposing player (at least this week). Absolutely classic how he tripped up the Sons of Ben’s “You suck, a*****e” call on goal kicks by running up to his goal kick and then stepping over the ball instead of kicking it, only to take the kick a few seconds later. It completely flummoxed the SoBs and had us laughing in the stands.”

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Scoring Summary:
CLB – Steven Lenhart 3 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 7) 43′
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 9 (Unassisted) 48+
CLB – Steven Lenhart 4 (Emilio Renteria) 51′

Misconduct Summary:
CLB — Brian Carroll (caution; Reckless Foul) 37′
CLB — Frankie Hejduk (caution; Reckless Foul) 46′
PHI — Fred (caution; Reckless Foul) 42′

Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Danny O’Rourke, Chad Marshall, Andy Iro, Emmanuel Ekpo (Leandre Griffit 83), Shaun Francis, Brian Carroll, Frankie Hejduk, Emilio Renteria (Duncan Oughton 73), Jason Garey (Steven Lenhart 27), Guillermo Barros Schelotto.


Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Cristian Arrieta, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey, Fred (Andrew Jacobson 77), Eduardo Coudet, Stefani Miglioranzi (Kyle Nakazawa 40), Justin Mapp (Jack McInerney 82), Alejandro Moreno, Sebastien Le Toux.


Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott; Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Cloudy-and-83-degrees
Attendance: 18,001

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