The Philadelphia Union kicked off their season on Saturday with a 0-0 tie with the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park. WVU’s own Ray Gaddis helped to anchor a stifling defense for the Union.
The Union controlled the ball for 60.7 percent of the game and outshot the Rapids 16-2 and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks, but were unable to find the back of the net. During the moments Colorado had control, Gaddis led a staunch defense, not allowing the opponent to get a single good shot on goal in the match.
Gaddis came in at Number 9 on the MLS Top 10 Best Plays of the week with an Allen Iverson-level crossover on a Rapids’ defender. His highlight starts at the 30-second mark. Stick around for the top play which features some very slick ball-handling from the Portland Timber’s Joe Nagbe.
The Rapids did not get off a single shot on goal during the entire game, in part due to Gaddis holding down the left side of the pitch. For his strong defensive performance, he landed on SI’s Best of the Week for Week 1.
The Union next play on March 14 against Real Salt Lake where Gaddis and Co. look to repeat their Week 1 defensive performance and the offense hopes to convert some of those opportunities into goals.