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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season

Sounders, Union settle for scoreless draw

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Goalless stalemate in Philly (1:36)

The Union and the Sounders both couldn't find the net, in an exciting stalemate at Talen Energy Stadium. (1:36)

Stefan Frei recorded six saves as the visiting Seattle Sounders played to a scoreless draw against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Chester, Pa.

Andre Blake made one save in his return from a four-game injury absence for the Union (7-3-3), who have outscored the opposition 14-3 during their 4-0-2 mark in their last six matches.

Blake, who sustained a groin injury in Philadelphia's 3-0 victory over Montreal on April 20, also had a clean sheet against Seattle last season. He finished with four saves in the Union's 1-0 victory at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 19, 2018.

Frei, however, was the busier goalkeeper on the night and helped the Sounders (7-1-5) extend their unbeaten streak to six matches (2-0-4). Seattle, however, is 0-3-3 in six road matches against Philadelphia.

The Union dominated possession in the opening half and saw their best opportunity to open the scoring thwarted in the 18th minute. Frei made a diving one-handed stop on Brenden Aaronson's right-footed shot from outside the box.

Aaronson wasn't done, as his left-footed shot from approximately 25 yards out sailed wide of the net in the 49th minute and his point-blank bid in the 69th minute found the stands.

The Union kept the pitch tilted in their favor, with Frei forced to make a save after Kacper Przybylko nearly headed home Haris Medunjanin's cross in the 58th minute.

Frei extended his body to tip Jamiro Monteiro's right-footed shot from outside the box just past the left post in the 75rd minute.

Seattle's best opportunities to draw first blood in the opening half came in the seventh and 40th minutes, respectively.

Saad Abdul-Salaam's header from the center of the box sailed wide of the net early on while Nicolas Lodeiro's cross found Will Bruin, whose header in the box was denied by Blake.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 16 +26 37
2 LA Galaxy 16 +3 28
3 Seattle Sounders FC 16 +5 26
4 Houston Dynamo 13 +7 24
5 FC Dallas 16 0 22
6 Minnesota United FC 16 -2 21
7 Real Salt Lake 15 -6 19
8 San Jose Earthquakes 15 -4 19
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 -3 18
10 Sporting Kansas City 15 -1 16
11 Colorado Rapids 16 -9 15
12 Portland Timbers 13 -7 14

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 17 +11 31
2 Montreal Impact 18 -7 27
3 DC United 17 +5 27
4 Atlanta United FC 15 +8 26
5 New York Red Bulls 16 +8 24
6 New York City FC 14 +6 23
7 Toronto FC 15 +1 19
8 Orlando City SC 15 +1 18
9 Chicago Fire 16 +1 18
10 Columbus Crew SC 16 -8 17
11 New England Revolution 16 -16 16
12 FC Cincinnati 16 -19 11