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Story Stream — Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC

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Hey all. Thanks for joining Philly Football Daily for today’s Story Stream and match against the Columbus Crew. We hope you stick around, from the first whistle to the last. 

Here you’ll find the latest updates, player injury reports, key stats and figures, including commentary, which will be posted throughout the entire matchday, as well as the match itself.

You can connect with us here, below in the comments section, on Twitter, or in today’s Matchday Thread, which can be found in the Union Soccer Talk Forum

Match Preview — 10:00 AM

Today’s U in Preview takes a look at the Philadelphia Union’s matchup against Columbus Crew SC, including players to watch, the injury and suspension report, as well as predicted Starting XI’s.

Read up: U in Preview — Matchday 2: Columbus Versus Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC: All-Time Series —

Columbus leads the all-time series with Philadelphia. Philadelphia Union have 8 wins and 31 goals; Columbus Crew SC have 11 wins and 31 goals. Crew SC and the Union drawn 1 game.

Philadelphia leads the all-time series in Chester at PPL Park and Talen Energy Stadium. Philadelphia Union have won 6 games and scored 19 goals; Columbus has won 4 games and scored 11 goals.

Last meeting in Chester: Philadelphia Union 3 Columbus Crew SC 0 (July 26, 2017)

Highlights from the last time out. Check ’em out: 

 

Starting XI —

Philadelphia Union —

Columbus Crew SC —

Match Updates —

1′:

Teams are out, and the match is underway from Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

5′:

Borek Dockal’s first shot for the Philadelphia Union sails just over the bar.

14′:

David Accam weaves into the Columbus penalty area, but is dispossessed.

20′: 

Dockal wins a free-kick for the Union. It’ll be the Czech or Haris Medunjanin to take, from about 25 yards out.

21′:

Medunjanin’s free-kick is gobbled up by Columbus’s Zach Steffen.

23′: 

Corner for the Union.

27′: 

Danger averted for the Union.

Auston Trusty and Jack Elliott were split by a cheeky Federico Higuain pass, and Gyasi Zardes had a free-lane to goal. Zardes’ shot sailed up and over, into The River End.

36′: 

Alejandro Bedoya storms into the Columbus penalty area, chops at the ball, and is tackled before getting a shot off.

45′: 

Andre Blake takes care of a volley by Columbus defender Harrison Afful, and that concludes the first half.

It’s scoreless through the first 45 minutes.

Second Half —

Second half substitution: Ray Gaddis enters the match for Fabinho. Gaddis will slot into the left-back position.

49′: 

Accam’s shot on goal is stuffed by Steffen.

50′: 

Zardes’s header flashes just over Blake and the bar.

52′: 

Bedoya’s header off a corner is caught by a sprawling Steffen.

53′: 

Columbus’s Artur is cautioned for taking down Fabian Herbers from behind.

It’ll be a Union free-kick in front of The River End from about 25 yards out.

Status of Fabinho: 

Fabinho left the match at halftime while Gaddis took his place.

63′: 

Cory Burke comes on for Herbers. Still scoreless.

68′: 

It’s a scramble in front of Steffen! But no Union players can finish. It’s still a nil-nil game.

73′:

Columbus’ Cristian Martínez makes way for Niko Hansen.

77′: 

Dockal’s debut is done.

Homegrown Anthony Fontana will finish the match at the No. 10 spot.

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