by Kevin Noonan
Importance: In the 14th minute of this contest, sure, Steve Clark’s save of Andrew Wenger is a nice stop to keep the game scoreless. But, who could have possibly known the significance of the save before the second half unfolded?
After nearly 70 minutes of scoreless play between the Crew and the Union, Philadelphia managed to find the back of the net twice in less than ten minutes. Danny Cruz converted in the 68th minute, while Wenger did eventually score in the 75th minute.
Not to be outdone, the Crew rallied to score three goals in under five minutes. First Ethan Finlay in the 78th minute, Justin Meram in the 79th minute and Jairo Arrieta with the game-winner in the 82nd minute. The victory broke multiple club records, however, none of it may have been possible without Clark’s big stop of Wenger in the early part of the game.
Difficulty: Conor Casey provides Wenger with a nifty backheel pass that finds Wenger inside the 18-yard box. Clark’s positioning as well as quick reaction time are key in making sure the ball does not find the back of the net.