Union vs. Whitecaps: Scoreless Draw in Le Toux’s Return
The Philadelphia Union hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of a crowd of 17,000+ at PPL Park on Saturday. The Union, who had lost their first three matches of the 2012 season, were looking for their first point(s) of the season.
The game also marked the return of Sébastien Le Toux, the Union’s all-time leading goal scorer who was traded to Vancouver in the off-season.
The first half of play offered little in the way of scoring opportunities. The Whitecaps were held in check and did not record a single shot on goal. The Union had few scoring chances themselves and were unable to find the back of the opposing net.
The Union opened the second half with a flurry, with Keon Daniel, Carlos Valdez, and Brian Carroll all recording shots on goal within the first ten minutes. Despite the onslaught, Philadelphia was unable to score as Whitecaps GK Joe Cannon was stout in net.
In the 74th minute, a header from Danny Califf sailed over the cross bar. Eight minutes later, Le Toux received a ball behind the Union defense leading to Vancouver’s best scoring chance of the day. However, his shot from 15 yards out missed the target, sailing wide and high.
The game ended in a 0-0 tie with the Union earning their first point (and shut-out) of the season. Vancouver has opened the season with four straight shut-outs.
The Union will next be in action on April 14th when they host Columbus at PPL Park. Saturday’s game marked the debut of Philadelphia’s first round draft pick Chandler Hoffman who started the game and played into the second half before being subbed out.
[photo credits: Christian Hafer]
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