by Kevin Noonan
Save Importance: Leo Fernandes provided an instant spark for the Union when he was subbed into the game in the 55th minute. Although the Crew led 2-0 at the half, thanks to a pair of goals from Bernardo Anor, Fernandes cut the deficit to one goal after poking home a Sebastian Le Toux cross in the 62nd minute.
Clark, however, would not be beaten a second time by the young midfielder. The 71st-minute stop from the Crew 'keeper ensured a second consecutive victory to open the year, as the Black & Gold defeated the Union, 2-1. The win also marked the first home victory of the season. For Clark, he was able to win his first ever match in front of the fans at Crew Stadium.
Save Difficulty: Giancarlo Gonzalez attempted to block the initial shot from Maurice Edu. While Gonzalez was able to get a piece of it, the ball trickled out to an opportunistic Fernandes who was at the right place at the right time.
Despite being the last player of the Crew defense between Fernandes and the net, Clark was able to make a confident stop. Gonzalez then was able to clear any potential rebound attempt to preserve the one goal advantage.