Nashville SC 1-1 Philadelphia Union: Honors even in GEODIS Park debut
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The Philadelphia Union earned a point on the road as they drew 1-1 with Nashville SC in the debut of GEODIS Park.

Mikael Uhre scored the first-ever goal in the new stadium in the 66th minute to give the visitors the lead before Randall Leal salvaged a drawm scoring from the spot with five minutes remaining.

  • Story of the match

Philadelphia had the first opportunity in the new stadium in the third minute. A wide pass by Julian Carranza was laid off to Nathan Harriel, who found Uhre, but Joe Willis turned the shot away.

Nashville captain Dax McCarty almost made the dream start for the hosts as he thundered a shot from 20 yards out that hit the post.

Andre Blake was called on in a couple of key situations. In the seventh minute, he made a fingertip save to deny Alex Muhl and in the 23rd minute, he got a hand on another effort by Muhl.

On the half-hour mark, former Union man C.J. Sapong set up Hany Mukhtar, his right-footed effort well-saved by Blake.

Just before halftime, Nashville had another opportunity as a corner was cleared out centrally, setting up a long-range strike by Daniel Lovitz that again Blake stopped.

The hosts piled on even more pressure and Blake saved from Randall Leal and at the other end, Alejandro Bedoya nearly scored if not for a block by Walker Zimmerman.

Against the run of play, Philadelphia opened the scoring. Daniel Gazdag intercepted an attacking throw and volleyed over the top for Uhre, the Dane sliding it under Willis.

During a corner, the Union were called for a handball and Leal stepped up to the spot, shooting low and beating Blake to the right to send the crown into a frenzy.

In the dying moments, the visitors had a set piece, but Wagner’s service was snatched out of the air by Willis to ensure Nashville would earn a point in this most special of home openers.

  • Man of the match: Andre Blake

He showed why he's the best goalkeeper in the league, making five saves and nearly denying Leal and the entirety of the Nashville faithful.

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