Crew, Philadelphia Union play to scoreless draw

March 17, 2018
Columbus Crew's Gyasi Zardes (11) drives the ball past Philadelphia Union's Jack Elliott (3) in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, March 17, 2017, in Chester, Pa. The game ended 0-0. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Columbus played the Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw on Saturday to extend the Crew’s unbeaten regular-season streak to 13 matches.

Most of the scoring opportunities for Columbus (2-0-1) came from Gyasi Zardes. He ran to Federico Higuain’s back-heel pass in the 27th minute but Zardes’ breakaway shot sailed wide. Zardes also had a good chance in the 51st minute on a header and came up empty on another one-on-one opportunity in the 64th.

Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen and Philadelphia’s Andre Blake each made three saves.

Czech playmaker Borek Dockal made his first start for the Union (1-0-1) and CJ Sapong, who set the single-season scoring record last season for Philadelphia, signed a new contract with the club earlier in the week.

The first scoreless game of the season in the MLS snapped Philadelphia’s four-game home winning streak.