May 8, 2018 / 8:07 PM / 6 months ago

Philadelphia still seeking first road win in visit to Columbus

Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin doesn’t need analytics to understand the numbers staring him in the face.

The Union have nothing to show for their three road matches this season and will play the second of three consecutive away games Wednesday versus the Columbus Crew at Mapfre Stadium before traveling to Montreal to play the Impact on Saturday.

Philadelphia (2-4-2) is ninth in the Eastern Conference with eight points. The Union have lost three of four and have one victory since winning their season opener 2-0 versus New England.

A big reason for their failure is a 0-3-0 away mark while being outscored 8-0, including a 3-0 defeat at Toronto FC last Friday.

“It’s been a struggle on the road, it’s no secret,” Curtin said. “The margins are tiny in this league. You still need to get your chances, take opportunities on the road, because those chances are fewer and farther between.”

The Union and Crew played to a 0-0 tie March 17 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.

“We know we can keep a clean sheet against them,” Union defender Jack Elliott said. “Now it’s about scoring against them and getting a win against them.”

The Crew (4-3-3) are coming off a scoreless draw at Seattle despite playing short-handed after midfielder Pedro Santos was issued a red card in the 15th minute for a serious foul.

The Crew stiffened defensively and allowed a single shot on goal the remaining 75 minutes to improve to 1-0-2 in the past three games.

“Defensively is one thing we’ve been lacking so far, just that togetherness,” Crew defender Josh Williams said. “A game like this can completely turn that around. It’s a belief inside now that no matter what happens, we can come together collectively.”

Midfielder Artur, rested against Seattle, might replace Santos.

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