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Philadelphia Union 0, Seattle Sounders 0 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

Cross-conference contenders Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders maintained their respective unbeaten runs after drawing 0-0 on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium.

While the Union had a full week to prepare for this game, Seattle were on short rest, having won 2-1 on Wednesday at home over Orlando City. With the number of injuries on the squad and the short turnaround, Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer opted to make five changes to his starting XI. Philadelphia, meanwhile, welcomed back goalkeeper Andre Blake after he missed four games due to injury.

The Union firmly controlled the run of play in the first half, but in spite of holding two-thirds of possession both teams managed a shot on target each through 45 minutes, both saved.

With the game still scoreless and Philadelphia piling on the pressure, substitute Ilsinho set up Brenden Aaronson, but the youngster's one-timer went wide of the mark in the 69th minute. Two minutes later, Haris Medunjanin forced a full layout save from Stefan Frei on a free kick to keep it 0-0.

 

Goals

  • None

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Both teams are unbeaten in six games with this result. While both sides will feel they could have gotten more, a draw on balance between contenders is solid. The Union will have more reason to be disappointed, with how much they controlled the game, but the Sounders will likely be elated with the road draw on short rest.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The save on Medunjanin's free kick kept the Sounders in the match and ultimately helped the result.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Stefan Frei was called upon to do much of the lifting for Seattle and he duly delivered, with six saves and a punch on the night.

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