Philadelphia Union tops Nashville in a shootout

Chester, Pa. (AP) — Andre Blake made two spectacular saves, Nashville missed two penalty kicks and Philadelphia Union advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history by winning the shootout on Sunday.

Philadelphia will face the winner of the semi-final between New England and New York City on Tuesday night.

In the first attempt at the shootout, Blake dove to his right to hit a shot from Hani Mukhtar. After Jack Elliot scored for Union, Blake Dove left to deny Annibal Godoy. Joe Willis takes a shot from Sergio Santos to keep Nashville alive.

Alex Muyle shot wide for Nashville, and 18-year-old Jack McGlynn shot with a left foot in front of Willis to give Union a 2-0 lead. It ended when Walker Zimmerman shot wide on Nashville’s fourth attempt.

For Nashville, Mukhtar scored in the 38th minute. Eric Miller was not challenged to launch a long focused pass, which found an open lead for a header from just outside the goal box.

Daniil Gazdag equalized in stoppage time of the first half. His opening shot on the Philadelphia set piece was blocked, but he chased down Carrom and, with his back to goal, fired a shot into the bottom right corner of the right foot.

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