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  • March 31, 2012
  • • 4:07 PM
  • • Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Referee: E. Bazakos
  • • Attendance: 17189

Philadelphia Union 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps: Union and Whitecaps play out draw

Philadelphia Union 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps: Union and Whitecaps play out draw

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No goals could be had between the two sides on Sebastien Le Toux's return t Philadelphia.

CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union have finally earned a point, but the team remains winless after a scoreless draw against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

A physical first half saw a handful of chances for each team, but neither Union keeper Zac MacMath nor his counterpart Joe Cannon was truly tested. Vancouver forward Sebastien Le Toux put together two breakaways, but one was intercepted by a charging MacMath just outside the box, the other deflected harmlessly by defender Danny Califf.

Philadelphia controlled the tempo in the second half, as Valdes’ header rang off the inside of the post and bounced in front of the Vancouver goal before being cleared. Mere minutes later, midfielder Brian Carroll redirected a Keon Daniel cross towards the near post, a shot that Cannon barely held onto right along the goal line.

Daniel later had a hard shot of his own parried by Cannon, and another run on goal by him was swallowed up inside the six-yard box. The Trinidadian then created yet another chance on his corner kick, which was met by Califf and headed just north of goal.

Vancouver earned its best scoring opportunity when Chiumiento sprung Le Toux free just inside the box. The former Union star and Philadelphia fan favorite evaded Valdes and had MacMath beat but shot over the bar.

The Union had two final attempts at goal late in the match, but dangerous free kicks by Gomez were knocked away to safety by Cannon and shot wide, respectively.

Both teams froze in fear in the 66th minute, as a hard-charging MacMath attacked Chiumiento’s cross, only to collide with an equally aggressive Atiba Harris. The players each had a hard time getting up, but MacMath remained in the match while Harris was removed shortly thereafter.

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