MLS Snapshot: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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The game in 100 words (or less): Steve Clark was left out to dry, and then returned the favor to his teammates, as the home Union was happy to take both goals and all three points. The Crew, frankly, didn’t seem interested once they were down 2-0, symbolized well by the build-up to Seb Le Toux’s goal to make it 3-0. Philly has won three of four, the lone loss coming to DC over the weekend, and Jim Curtin’s Union is into sixth, within a point of struggling Columbus.

Oh yeah, and uh, Gregg?

Three moments that mattered

41′ — Sapong plays the role of Professor — Columbus’ back line decided to let Philadelphia make an AND1 Mixtape, as Maurice Edu found Carlos Maidana, and a four-way passing play was complete when CJ Sapong, who had just subbed on for the injured Fernando Aristeguieta, slid to tap the ball home. 1-0 Union. I believe they say, “Doop”.

45′ — Finlay’s near-halftime run ends inches from glory  — Ethan Finlay carried the ball down the right side, and his tight-angled shot skittered diagonally across the box before just missing the far post.

52′ — Clark makes monumental screw-up — But he’s been so good. Clark woofed a roll out right into the waiting path of Vincent Nogueira, who stayed cool, calm and collected in lofting a ball over the helpless Columbus back line. 2-0.

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Man of the match: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia — Any number of Union members could’ve earned the honor, but Le Toux made a key pass on Sapong’s goal before sliding home a goal of his own.

LINEUPS

Philadelphia Union: Sylvestre, Williams, Edu, Marquez, Fabinho, Carroll, Nogueira (Pfeffer, 79′), Maidana, Le Toux, Wenger (Ayuk, 78′), Aristeguieta (Sapong, 37′)

Goal: Sapong (41′), Nogueira (52′), Le Toux (59′)

Columbus Crew: Clark, Barson, Pogatetz, Campbell, Francis (Jimenez, 75′), George, Saeid, Finlay (Speas, 65′), Meram, Higuain (Kamara, 65′), Schoenfeld