Union Lose in Ohio, Get Well Soon Andre Blake
The Philadelphia Union took the field Sunday in Ohio looking to end the season strong before the MLS Playoffs. The Columbus Crew were looking to get back on track after losing three of their last five games. The big thing to keep an eye on was Union’s backup goalie Joe Bendik, who will now be starting until Andre Blake recovers from a fractured hand.
In the 37th minute, the Crew put one on the board after both teams had great chances to score first. Midfielder Artur ripped one from outside the box and it went right past Union goalie Joe Bendik. Bendik’s first start for the Union wasn’t looking too great.
The game entered halftime 1-0 with the Crew having the only score of the first half. Jim Curtin and Union needed to make some adjustments to try and win this game in the second half.
In the 57th minute, the Union were awarded a penalty kick and Jamiro Monteiro buried it home. The game was now tied, and the Union had plenty of time to take the lead.
In the 84th minute, the Crew took the lead off of a cross that was poorly read by Union goalie Joe Bendik. It was now evident how much the Union were going to miss Andre Blake. Krisztián Németh was the goal scorer.
The Crew won the game 2-1, bouncing back from their slump as they beat the first seed in the Eastern Conference. The Union finishes their regular season next Sunday as they play the New England Revolution, for what seems like the 100th time this season. Hopefully, Andre Blake will be ready to go for the playoffs because it looks like they really need him back.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Union