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MLS: Philadelphia Union 0 Real Salt Lake 0

SoccerNews in MLS 25 Aug 2012

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The Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake played out a 0-0 draw at PPL Park on Friday, in an underwhelming contest.

Few chances were had as a busy RSL side did not bring its ‘A’ game to the East Coast.

The teams were able to create very little in the first half as they each traded periods of extended time in each other’s half.

Philadelphia arguably had the better of the quality possession but no real scoring chances were created at either end until late in the period.

Forcing a turnover outside the Salt Lake box, Michael Farfan was able to evade Kwame Watson-Siriboe with a nice bit of skill and worked his way into the area. He then slid the ball to an onrushing Danny Cruz at the penalty spot who proceeded to sky his first-time effort over Rimando’s goal.

Little changed in the second half as the teams battled hard for the first 20 minutes with no real chances to show for it. The only action of note was a little scuffle after Farfan went in hard on Chris Wingert.

As the match pushed on towards the closing stages, still neither team was able to work even a dangerous shot on goal. With RSL having playing three matches in the past week, playing for the draw seemed like the game plan, while Philadelphia didn’t have its best attacking shoes on, even with Freddy Adu being brought into the mix late on.

The match came to an end a dozen minutes after Adu’s introduction with the teams stuck at zeros.

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