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Columbus Crew's Eddie Gaven (12) falls after colliding with Philadelphia Union's Jack McInerney (9) during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, April 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Philadelphia Union earned its first-ever point against the Columbus Crew during a 1-1 tie Saturday.

Jack McInerney gave the Union (2-2-1) a 1-0 lead heading into halftime after scoring in the 34th minue. But Dominic Oduro scored in the 72nd minute to help the Crew (2-1-2) rally for the draw. It was Philadelphia’s first point against Columbus in four tries.

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“From all the games I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them obviously, I think (Columbus) is one of the best teams in the league right now,” Union manager John Hackworth said in quotes provided by the team. “So to come into Columbus — in this stadium where we’ve never gotten a point — to get our first point and do it against one of the best teams in the league, you’ve got to walk away thinking it’s a result.”

McInerney received a pass by Danny Cruz from the right flank after the Union beat the offside trap for a two-man break. McInerney scored his third goal into an open net after goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum came out to challenge.

Oduro took a pass from Eddie Gaven and struck a rising ball that sneaked inside the right post for his second goal, countering a 34th-minute goal by Jack McInerney.

“It’s one of those crazy games. I thought we were a much better team in the first half and should have had multiple goals,” Hackworth said. “In the second half, they were really good and the tide turned on us and it was frustrating to give one up. I thought we were going to steal one there in the end because we had a couple of really good looks, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

The Union (2-2-1) have seven points and stand alone in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Crew (2-1-2) have eight points and are in fourth place.

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