The New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union have ground out 45 minutes at PPL Park on Saturday night, but nonetheless remain locked at 0-0 at the half. The Union were by far the dominant side, but New England nevertheless found a few chances.
Jack McInerney nearly opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Keon Daniel dummied through an excellent ball from midfield, but McInerney's shot was pulled wide when one-on-one with Bobby Shuttleworth. Alec Purdie had the best chance of his young career back at the other end in the 22nd minute, collecting a low cross from Kevin Alston in the box, but instead of ripping it first-time, he tried to trap it and take a touch and the ball was cleared away.
Jerry Bengtson had the chance of the half in the 29th minute when he rounded Zac MacMath, but despite having an open net and very little pressure, he couldn't handle the angle and clanged his shot off the left post from roughly 10 yards out. Brian Carroll had another clear chance for the Union in the 39th minute with a long, low drive, but Shuttleworth saved.
Purdie had the last real chance of the half, too, when a long ball over the top found him in on goal. He took an excellent touch to get away from his defender, but his shot let him down as the ball dribbled tamely to MacMath.