Chester, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Goalkeeper Troy Perkins recorded four saves as the Montreal Impact settled for a scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union Saturday at PPL Park.
Perkins picked up his second straight shutout for the Impact (12-7-6), who extended their unbeaten streak to three games.
With the deadlock, the Impact remained in first place in the Eastern Conference with the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City with 42 points apiece.
The Union (10-8-9) stayed in second place in the East with 39 points.
Philadelphia got off to a better start compared to their 5-1 blowout loss to the New England Revolution but were frustrated offensively by Perkins.
In the 57th minute, the Impact goalkeeper made a diving stop on Jack McInerney while Sebastien Le Toux couldn’t get a clean look on the rebound.
Twenty minutes later, McInerney bungled a header right in front of net after a perfect cross from left back Fabinho. McInerney, Philadelphia’s leading scorer, hasn’t scored in his last 10 games.
MLS Golden Boot leader Marco Di Vaio found the back of the net in the 61st minute for Montreal, but the goal was disallowed because he was called offside.
Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath recorded his only save in the 24th minute to earn his 10th shutout of the year when he blocked a shot by Justin Mapp. The rebound bounced right to Di Vaio but the league’s leading scorer was ruled offside on that play as well.
Perkins was threatened in the 42nd minute when Union winger Danny Cruz slotted a pass to Le Toux, who blasted a close-range shot on target. However, Perkins was there to make the sprawling save.
The Impact are back in action next Sunday with a road match against the New England Revolution. The Union travel to the West Coast to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on the same day.