Chester PA – The Philadelphia Union were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Columbus Crew today at Talen Energy Stadium. Despite the much anticipated debut of the Union’s new attacking midfielder, Borek Dockal, Philadelphia was unable to put a goal on the score sheet in what was a lackluster offense performance.
The bright spot of the match for the Union was certainly their back line, which gave star keeper Andre Blake rather little to do throughout the 90 minutes. Second year center back Jack Elliott continues to blossom in his role and is clearly the anchor for this club’s defensive efforts. His counterpart in the center of the defense, rookie Aaron Trusty, looked much more comfortable in his role as opposed to his debut in the home opening win two weeks ago. On a handful of occasions, Trusty was pressing forward to try and add another element to what was a rather stagnant Union offense.
But despite the defensive positives, the lack of any inspiration up front kept the Union off the board, and the Crew going home with a well-earned point. To their credit, Columbus played textbook MLS away tactics. Their back four played extremely deep, not allowing the Union’s dangerous speedy winger David Accam any room in behind them to make any runs, something Union coach Jim Curtin accredited to his coaching opponent, the Crew’s Gregg Berhalter.
Speaking about his own team’s performance, coach Curtin said it was “overall not our sharpest day.” He made it clear that even in practice, when it comes to home matches the word “draw” isn’t in their vocabulary. “We want to win games at home,” he said. “We look at it as two points dropped.” In his team’s defense, Curtin pointed out that with five players making their club debuts in only two games, “we’re not perfect. We’re not the complete finished product yet.”
Czech center attacking Borek Dockal made it clear that he wasn’t happy with his own performance in his first ever MLS match. “I expect much more of myself, definitely,” he said in his post-game press conference. When asked about the team’s performance offensively as a while, Dockal pointed out they “didn’t create enough chances. If you want to win a home game, you need to do much more.” Despite the high expectations for his debut, it’s certainly going to take him to adjust to not only his teammates, but the league in general. When asked about how he felt about his first MLS match, he said it was much more open than he was used to, but will adapt and get better with each game.