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Columbus Crew
CLB
Final
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Philadelphia Union
PHI
Saturday, March 22, 20146:00 PM
Columbus Crew StadiumMLS Regular SeasonCloudyMLS LIVE,CSN-PHI,TWCSC-OHAttendance: 17517

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 62'PHILeonardo Fernandes
  • Sebastien Le Toux
 45'+2'CLBBernardo Anor
  • Wil Trapp
 24'CLBBernardo Anor
  • Federico Higuaín
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 81'CLB Federico HiguaínTime wasting
 74'PHI FabinhoFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+2'CLB
Chad Barson (D)
Federico Higuaín (F)
 80'CLB
Justin Meram (M)
Bernardo Anor (M)
 80'PHI
Danny Cruz (M)
Sebastien Le Toux (M)
 72'PHI
Antoine Hoppenot (F)
Jack McInerney (F)
 66'CLB
Dominic Oduro (F)
Jairo Arrieta (F)
 55'PHI
Leonardo Fernandes (F)
Cristián Maidana (M)

Starting Formations

1Clark3Williams5Gonzalez4Parkhurst14Francis12Jiménez20Trapp6Tchani7Anor10Higuaín19ArrietaM2824928212918MacMath28Gaddis14Okugo12Wheeler33Fabinho7Carroll21Edu11Le Toux5Nogueira10Maidana9McInerneyM644191529221RAA4

Lineups

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Columbus Crew
1GSteve Clark
3DJosh Williams
5DGiancarlo Gonzalez
4DMichael Parkhurst
14DWaylon Francis
12MHéctor Jiménez
20MWil Trapp
6MTony Tchani
7MBernardo Anor
10FFederico Higuaín
19FJairo Arrieta
Philadelphia Union
18GZac MacMath
28DRaymon Gaddis
14DAmobi Okugo
12DAaron Wheeler
33DFabinho
7MBrian Carroll
21MMaurice Edu
11MSebastien Le Toux
5MVincent Nogueira
10MCristián Maidana
9FJack McInerney
Bench
2Tyson Wahl
8Dominic Oduro
24Agustin Viana
9Justin Meram
28Matt Lampson
21Chad Barson
29Adam Bedell
 
6Conor Casey
44Danny Cruz
19Corben Bone
15Ethan White
29Antoine Hoppenot
22Leonardo Fernandes
1Andre Blake
Managers
  Gregg Berhalter
 
  John Hackworth
OFFICIALS

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RefereeTed Unkel  
Assistant RefereeJeff Hosking  
Assistant RefereeMike Kampmeinert  
Fourth OfficialChris Penso  
Saturday, March 22, 2014
6:00 PM
Columbus Crew Stadium
MLS LIVE,CSN-PHI,TWCSC-OH

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the back of a Bernardo Añor brace, the Columbus Crew notched a 2-1 victory on Saturday over the Philadelphia Union in their home opener, and started the 2014 season with the club's first ever 2-0-0 start to a season.

The opening 20 minutes of the match showcased the clash of styles between the two teams. Columbus looked comfortable to sit back in possession, while Philadelphia waited for counterattacking opportunities. A rash of turnovers in the midfield by the Crew gave the Union several of the chances they wanted on the counter, but neither forward Jack McInerney or midfielder Vincent Nogueira were able to convert quality chances in the early going.

Añor broke the deadlock from a corner kick in the 24th minute by powering a header past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Argentinian playmaker Federico Higuain provided a looping ball from the corner, and Añor streaked untouched through the Union defense to give the Crew an early 1-0 lead.

Neither team could convert on a plethora of chances for the next 20 minutes, until Añor added to his tally with a strong contender for Goal of the Week in first half stoppage time. After a Philadelphia turnover near midfield, Crew midfielder Wil Trapp found Añor streaking down the center of the pitch. The Venezuelan turned upfield, glanced at MacMath, and fired a left-footed blast from more than 30 yards out that bent to the left and flew past the keeper, giving the Crew a 2-0 lead before the half.

The Crew looked sharper in the second half than they did in the first, but could not convert on multiple chances to add to their lead. As a result, the Union drew one back against the run of play in the 62nd minute, when Sebastien Le Toux found space behind the Crew defense and played a cross to Leo Fernandes, who tucked a shot past Crew 'keeper Steve Clark to bring the Union within a goal.

In the final moments of regulation, the match opened up significantly for both teams, who made a collection of offensive substitutions, including the introduction of Dominic Oduro for Columbus. With two minutes remaining, Aaron Wheeler – a converted forward playing defense – came within inches of drawing the Union level, but could not get contact on an Antoine Hoppenot cross.

But neither team could convert a chance, and the Crew clung to the 2-1 scoreline, leaving head coach Gregg Berhalter's unblemished record with Columbus intact. The Crew travel to Seattle Saturday, March 29, while the Union (1-1-1) host the Montreal Impact, also on Saturday. 

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Bernardo Añor Was lively all game, and showed considerable versatility in scoring both with his head and on the midfield rocket
2 Leo Fernandes The Union attack could not find the finished product until the youngster entered the game, and made an immediate difference
3 Giancarlo Gonzalez Despite Philly's struggles, credit goes to Gonzalez for making a series of tackles in the first half to keep the visitors off the board