Union started off their 2017 campaign with a positive result, getting a point on the road versus a western conference opponent, the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game ended in a zero-zero draw with neither team being able to get any great chances on goal.
The starting lineup for Philadelphia consisted of a few new faces, Jay Simpson (forward), Haris Medunjanin (midfielder) and Oguchi Onyewu (center back). Derrick Jones, a homegrown player, also saw his first start for the Union.
The first half was an uneventful one for both teams. Vancouver had the better part of the possession, keeping the ball in the Union’s half. However, the Whitecaps could not get a shot on target, while the Union recorded three in the first half.
Possession in the second half, favored the Union a little bit more. The highlight moment of the match came in the 66th minute, when a Vancouver’s shot off a corner kick was saved off the line by defender Keegan Rosenberry. The Union used just two of their three subs in this game. Bring on CJ Sapong for Jay Simpson and Fabrice-Jean Picault came on for his first appearance with the Union for Chris Pontius.
After gaining a point on the road, the Union will look for a victory next weekend during their home opener against Toronto FC.