May 27, 2018 / 1:57 AM / 25 days ago

Union, Red Bulls battle to scoreless draw

The Philadelphia Union extended their unbeaten streak to three with a 0-0 draw against the New York Red Bulls Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

After a 2-5-2 start, the Union won 2-0 at Montreal and then defeated Real Salt Lake 4-1 before earning a road point against New York.

The Red Bulls (7-3-1) entered the match with wins in four straight, but were shut out for just the second time this season.

In the 16th minute, New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips worked his way to the left of the box and fired a shot just wide.

Two minutes later, the Union had a terrific scoring chance as Marcus Epps hit a strike from about 10 yards out with goalkeeper Ryan Meara out of the net. Red Bulls defender Tim Parker saved the shot with a header.

In the 29th minute, Epps dribbled in unscathed and ripped a point-blank shot. But Meara stepped up and made a spectacular save coming out of the net.

The Red Bulls had a pair of late corner kicks but were unable to capitalize as the teams went into their respective locker rooms scoreless at halftime.

Philadelphia was awarded a penalty kick in the 51st minute when New York’s Kemar Lawrence was whistled for a handball in the box.

After an official review, CJ Sapong then missed the net completely in the 53rd minute, keeping the game scoreless. Sapong took a stutter step and shot the ball wide of the net.

Wright-Phillips received a nice through pass in the 78th minute, took a couple of dribbles and shot a left-footed strike wide of the net.

In the 86th minute, Alejandro Bedoya sent a header into the box where David Accam had a chance to score his first goal of the season. Accam couldn’t quite get a clean header and the shot landed wide.

Accam had a second scoring opportunity in the 89th minute as his shot inside the box moved wide of the net once again.

Four minutes of stoppage time was added but neither team was able to score. Meara had two saves while Philadelphia’s Andre Blake had four.

—Field Level Media

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