LAFC vs Philadelphia Union – September 23, 2023
Under windy conditions at Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, the LAFC vs Philadelphia Union match concluded in a 0-0 draw as both clubs were unable to convert a goal through the 35 mph gusts on Saturday. Coincidentally, all three draws between LAFC and Philadelphia have been at Union’s home field.
LAFC also remains as the only club in the MLS that the Union have never claimed victory upon, and the story continued at Subaru Park as rain even made an appearance during the second half of the game. Oddly enough, both goalkeepers, LAFC’s Maxime Crepeau and Union’s Andre Blake, did not require much effort between the two posts as only three shots on goal were attempted throughout the entire match.
Both Carlos Vela and Denis Bouanga came off the bench and played a forgetful offense while the Union didn’t have defender Jakob Glesnes on deck for the first time in three years. Glesnes ended his 101 consecutive game streak with the DNP. Union midfielder Jose Martinez also did not play, and forward Julian Carranza had to leave the game after a concussion.
There seemed to be almost a shift on the scoreboard in the 50th minute when Union forward Thai Baribo took a shot on the crossbar with Daniel Gazdag following up with a header. Luckily for LAFC, Gazdag was ruled offside.
Crepeau recorded his second consecutive clean sheet across three games since his return on September 16.
The Black and Gold will return home to BMO Stadium on Wednesday, September 27 to play in the annual Campeones Cup against LIGA MX’s Campeón de Campeones Tigres UNAL.