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  • August 24, 2012
  • • 7:50 PM
  • • Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 18441

Philadelphia Union 0-0 Real Salt Lake: A drab affair at PPL Park as neither side shows up

Philadelphia Union 0-0 Real Salt Lake: A drab affair at PPL Park as neither side shows up

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It wasn't the worst MLS match of the season...but it was close.

The Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake played out a stereotypical bore draw at PPL Park on Friday night with the teams failing to score a goal over the course of 90 minutes. Few chances were had as a busy RSL side didn't bring its A-game to the East Coast.

The teams were able to create very little in the first half as they each traded periods of extended time in each other's half. Philadelphia arguably had the better of the quality possession but no real scoring chances were created at either end until late in the period.

Forcing a turnover outside the Salt Lake box, Michael Farfan was able to evade Kwame Watson-Siriboe with a nice bit of skill and worked his way into the area. He then slid the ball along the floor to an onrushing Danny Cruz at the penalty spot who proceeded to sky his first-time effort over Rimando's goal.

Little changed in the second half as the teams battled hard for the first 20 minutes with not only no goals to show for it, but no real chances either. The only action of note was a little scuffle after Michael Farfan went in hard on Chris Wingert.

As the match pushed on towards the closing stages, still neither team was able to work even a dangerous shot on goal. With RSL having playing three matches in the last seven days, playing for the draw seemed like the gameplan, while Philadelphia didn't have its best attacking shoes on, even with Freddy Adu being brought into the mix late on.

The match came to an end a dozen minutes after Adu's introduction with the teams stuck at zeros.

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