MLS: Philadelphia 1, Columbus 0

April 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM

CHESTER, Pa., April 14 (UPI) -- Gabriel Gomez scored on a penalty kick late in the first half Saturday and the Philadelphia Union held on for a 1-0 win over Columbus.

A penalty was called in the 38th minute when Crew defender Eric Gehrig was whistled for a blocking a shot with his upper arm. Despite putting up a strenuous argument, Gomez was awarded the shot.

The Philadelphia midfielder used a chip shot down the middle, fooling Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, who had committed to the right.

Philadelphia (1-3-1) collected its first win of the season, despite managing just three goals through five games this season.

Columbus (2-3-0) lost its second straight.

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