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Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution quick reference

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All-time record: 10–5–4
At Talen Energy Stadium: 6–3–2
At Gillette Stadium: 4–2–2
Goals for: 34
Goals against: 24

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Alejandro Bedoya made his debut for the Union against the Revolution last season.

July 2, 2017: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

Philadelphia snatched an early lead through C.J. Sapong. Surging down the left wing, Sapong crossed a ball into the box and off the arm of Benjamin Angoua. Though there was some debate whether Angoua was in the box or not at the time of contact, there was no debate about the finish. Sapong opted for pure power from the spot, and Cody Cropper could do nothing as the River End erupted in delight.

Philadelphia doubled their advantage early in the second half, this time courtesy of a class finish from Ilsinho. Picault controlled a long pass from Haris Medunjanin on the right wing, paused, then lofted a soft pass towards the Brazilian streaking into the box. Ilsinho sized up the ball, took it on the volley, and smashed it past a helpless Cropper into the far side of the goal.

Roland Alberg watched Ilsinho’s performance from the bench and decided to one-up his counterpart. Coming on in the 77th minute, Alberg took his first touch and fired an absolute howitzer from 30 yards out, bending around Cropper and into the upper 90. It was a sensational golazo, possibly the best of Alberg’s collection of long-range goals in his Philadelphia career.

PSP Match Analysis Highlights

Messy but positive serves as a good description of the match as a whole as well as Ilsinho’s individual contribution to it. The Brazilian beat out Roland Alberg for the start in the advanced midfield role and brought the usual blend of sublime skill and scandalous shortcomings. Overall, however, the most notable part of Ilsinho’s game was his movement off the ball.

In the first half, New England’s plan to go up the right and occasionally switch play left where Nguyen could find the ball and attack a disorganized defense rarely resulted in the all-important, well, switch. As time wore on, Nguyen began dropping deeper to become involved in play earlier, and he would then initiate switches on his own.

PSP Player Ratings Highlights

On Haris Medunjanin — Medunjanin replaced Bedoya as captain in more ways than one. Just like the U.S. international, he was a presence all over the field against the Revolution. While Jones recorded just four defensive actions, Medunjanin registered a whopping 17. He was the dominant presence in midfield, controlling the play of both sides. His two assists were almost a footnote to his overall performance.

On the No. 10 — While Medunjanin and Sapong may have been the individual stars of the game, Ilsinho and Alberg gave Philadelphia what it needed most– contribution from the No. 10 position. It has been the sorest of subjects for fans, who have had July 10 circled on their calendars since the season opened. The Union got two sublime goals from the position. It’s statistically significant if nothing more. While it may not translate for the long term, it was a welcomed salve on Sunday.

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Philadelphia Union

Andre Blake, Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott (Josh Yaro 63′), Ray Gaddis, Giliano Wijnaldum, Fafa Picault, Chris Pontius, Haris Medunjanin (Ken Tribbett 87′), Derrick Jones, Ilsinho (Roland Alberg 77′), C.J. Sapong
Unused Subs: John McCarthy, Keegan Rosenberry, Marcus Epps, Jay Simpson

New England Revolution

Cody Cropper, Andrew Farrell, Joshua Smith, Benjamin Angoua, Donald Smith (Brian Wright 52′), Scott Caldwell (Chris Tierney 78′), Gershon Koffie, Teal Bunbury, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 71′)
Unused subs:
 Brad Knighton, Zachary Herivaux, London Woodberry, Antonio Mlinar Delamea

Scoring summary

PHI: C.J. Sapong (PK) — 4′
PHI: Ilsinho (Fafa Picault, Haris Medunjanin) — 48′
PHI: Roland Alberg (Haris Medunjanin) — 78′

Disciplinary summary

NE: Je-Vaughn Watson — 45+3′ (unsporting behavior)
NE: Benjamin Angoua — 68′ (unsporting behavior)

August 13, 2016: New England Revolution 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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Snapping a four-game winless streak in dominating fashion, the Union cruised to a 4-0 road victory.

In the second minute, Fabinho burst out of the midfield with the ball and led three helpless Revs defenders down the left wing, holding the ball and finally cutting in at the touch line. His cross found Sapong at the near post, who applied a delicate finish to beat Bobby Shuttleworth at his back post.

A driving run by Herbers and a blocked clearance from Barnetta saw the ball fall to the streetballer extraordinaire in the box. Ilsinho kept the play alive, drawing four defenders to him before the ball bounced to Chris Pontius. Pontius made no mistake, finishing across Shuttleworth’s body low and to the corner.

Moments later, that advantage would increase again, this time through an unlikely scorer. Barnetta earned a corner off a long free kick, and his service was perfect. Pontius and Keegan Rosenberry combined to push the ball back to the near post, and Richie Marquez was there to head the ball neatly into the Revolution goal.

With the Revolution completely impotent, it fell to Roland Alberg to put the exclamation point on the evening. A great touch from Alberg, flicking a ball from Rosenberry to Charlie Davies, was immediately returned to him, and Alberg made no mistake with a ferocious blast past Shuttleworth from outside the box.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

New England was never going to win this match. Their attack should have orange construction cones around it, but that would imply it was going to improve over time, and there is nothing to indicate that is the case. Calling Lee Nguyen listless is like calling Jesse Marsch a bit of a crybaby; just a huge understatement.

Playing with the Creavalle-Carroll double pivot, the Union have, at times, been able to push teams deep by playing into Ilsinho or Barnetta’s feet and back out again. But Bedoya finally started to maximize that created space by carrying the ball forward decisively. The benefits are — at minimum — three-fold. First, Philly is building an offense from the opponent’s half instead of their own, so turnovers happen further from goal. Second, driving the ball forward forces the defense to step to the ball-carrier, which makes the rest of the defense move and close gaps. If they don’t do this quickly or in an organized manner, it’s suddenly a lot easier to break their lines. Third, and something you should see below but don’t, carrying the ball upfield means you don’t have to play 10-15 yard passes into the feet of players who are facing entirely away from goal.

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Philadelphia Union
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, Keegan Rosenberry, Warren Creavalle, Alejandro Bedoya (Roland Alberg 72′), Chris Pontius, Ilsinho (Charlie Davies 83′), Chris Pontius, C.J. Sapong (Fabian Herbers 46′)
Unused Subs: John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Joshua Yaro, Walter Restrepo

D.C. United
Bobby Shuttleworth, Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, JeVaughn Watson, Kelyn Rowe, Chris Tierney, Scott Caldwell (Zachary Herivaux 68′), Lee Nguyen (Juan Agudelo 76′), Diego Fagundez (Daigo Kobayashi 59′), Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury
Unused subs: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, London Woodberry, Steve Neumann

Scoring Summary
PHI: C.J. Sapong (Fabinho) — 2′
PHI: Chris Pontius — 51′
PHI: Richie Marquez — 54′
PHI: Roland Alberg (Charlie Davies) — 90+3′

Disciplinary Summary
NE: Scott Caldwell (unsporting behavior) — 18′
NE: Kei Kamara (very loud dissent) — 41′
PHI: Fabian Herbers (unsporting behavior) — 80′

March 20, 2016: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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PSP Match Report Highlights

CJ Sapong netted a brace and could have had two more as Philadelphia Union romped to a 3-0 win over 10-man New England Revolution in their 2016 home opener at Talen Energy Stadium.

The home side were up two goals when Je-Vaughn Watson was issued a red card for a studs-up tackle as the first half wound down. Moments later, Ilsinho was fouled in the box, and Bobby Shuttleworth saved the first of two penalties he would keep out on the day.

Despite coming up empty from the spot, Philadelphia Union put in what may be their best ninety minutes under Jim Curtin.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

It is tempting to look at the scoreline and think Philadelphia Union dominated New England Revolution on Sunday. That was not the case.

Instead, it is more accurate to say that Philadelphia Union executed their gameplan far better than the visitors. That, and avoiding pesky red cards, was enough to lift Jim Curtin’s men to six points and their first winning streak of the season (over two months before the Union’s first winning streak in 2015…bonus points if you remember who they beat).

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Philadelphia Union
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, Warren Creavalle, Brian Carroll, Ilsinho (Leo Fernandes 77′), Roland Alberg (Sebastien Le Toux 57′), Chris Pontius, C.J. Sapong (Fabian Herbers 90′)
Unused Subs: John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Anderson Conceicao, Vincent Nogueira

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Je-Vaughn Watson (red card; 36′), Gershon Koffie, Kelyn Rowe, Scott Caldwell (Zachary Herivaux 87′), Diego Fagundez (Juan Agudelo 63′), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 75′)
Unused Subs: Darrius Barnes, Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Steve Neumann,

Scoring Summary
PHI: C.J. Sapong – 18′ (Fabinho)
PHI: C.J. Sapong – 33′ (Warren Creavalle)
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux – 90+3′ (Leo Fernandes, Chris Pontius)

Disciplinary Summary
PHI: Fabinho (foul) – 30′
NE: Je-Vaughn Watson (red: serious foul) – 36′
NE: Chris Tierney (foul) – 57′
NE: Diego Fagundez (foul) – 58′

September 26, 2015: New England Revolution 1-1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

Jim Curtin’s makeshift lineup rode a fine strike from Fernando Aristeguieta and a sensational performance from Andre Blake to a road point against New England Revolution Saturday night.

Aristeguieta canceled out Lee Nguyen’s first half penalty with a right footed laser in the 65th minute and Blake preserved the tie with a series of stunning saves as the Union’s second team went toe-to-toe with the best New England had to offer.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

Is anybody reading this? Or did everyone skip down to the ratings to see if Blake reached double digits?

You will be forgiven for jumping ahead since there is relatively little to glean from Saturday’s match compared to most. The Union played very deep. New England attacked up the wings.

Andre Blake was incredible.

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Philadelphia Union
Andre Blake, Andrew Wenger, Steven Vitoria, Ethan White, Fabinho (Michael Lahoud ’46), Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle, Cristian Maidana (Sebastien Le Toux 46′), Eric Ayuk, Zach Pfeffer (Vincent Nogueira 78′), Fernando Aristeguieta
Unused Subs: John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Richie Marquez, Conor Casey

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth, Jeremy Hall, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney, Scott Caldwell, Jermaine Jones, Kelyn Rowe (Teal Bunbury, 82′), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez, Charlie Davies (Juan Agudelo, 55′)
Unused Subs: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, London Woodberry, Andy Dorman, Steve Neumann

Scoring Summary
NE: Lee Nguyen — 36′
PHI: Fernando Aristeguieta (Creavalle) — 65′

Disciplinary Summary

August 29, 2015: Philadelphia Union 0-1 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

Philadelphia Union missed a chance to make up ground on the field in the Eastern Conference playoff race on Saturday night, falling 1-0 to New England Revolution at PPL Park.

Losses by both NYCFC and Montreal meant the Union entered the match knowing that a victory could see them close in on the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. But after both sides exchanged momentum without creating clear chances, the Revolution took over in the second half.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

Philadelphia Union have suffered stinging defeats this season. Late game shame against Kansas City, the blowouts against Columbus and LA.

But rarely has the team simply played itself out of a game.

In their big losses this season, Philly was often poor, but the other side was also very good. On Saturday, New England was far from poor, but they were also much further from very good than the Union made them seem. Looking back at the video, Jay Heaps will be able to pick out numerous instances where his team was able to run freely at the Union defense, and he will wonder how they only scored one goal.

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Philadelphia Union
Andre Blake; Fabinho (Fernando Aristeguieta ’77), Richie Marquez, Steven Vitoria, Ray Gaddis; Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira; Tranquillo Barnetta (Eric Ayuk ’65), Cristian Maidana, Sebastien Le Toux (Andrew Wenger ’73); CJ Sapong
Unused Substitutes: John McCarthy, Ethan White, Michael Lahoud, Warren Creavalle

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, Jeremy Hall; Jermaine Jones (Kobayashi ’62), Scott Caldwell; Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury ’64); Charlie Davies (Juan Agudelo ’87)
Unused Substitutes: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Steve Neumann, London Woodberry

Scoring Summary
NE — Diego Fagundez (Charlie Davies) — 51

Disciplinary Summary
PHI — Tranquillo Barnetta (Dissent) — 38
PHI — Vincent Nogueira (Unsporting Behavior) — 49
NE — Jermaine Jones (Not Visible) — 58
PHI — Brian Carroll (Unsporting Behavior) — 87
PHI — Cristian Maidana (Violent Conduct) — 90+4

April 19, 2015: Philadelphia Union 1-2 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

Cristian Maidana scored a fantastic free kick for his first goal of the season, but second half goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury saw New England defeat Philadelphia Union 2-1 at PPL Park on Sunday.

Maidana gave Philadelphia the lead in the 42nd minute, curling an inch perfect free kick into the side netting from 25 yards. But great service, as well as poor marking, saw Davies and Bunbury fire home from close range midway through the second half to give the Revolution all three points.

PSP Analysis and Player Ratings Highlights

What had been such a promising week faded quickly as Philadelphia Union returned to their goal-conceding ways in the second half against New England Revolution.

At the end of a three-match week, the Revolution simply had more than the Union could handle down the stretch and the home team’s luck never came. Whether it as CJ Sapong’s missed chances from in close, Bobby Shuttleworth somehow sending a close range Fernando Aristeguieta effort careening off the cross bar, or the Revs clearing back-to-back second half chances off the goal line, the Union could not find a way to see out a result at home.

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Philadelphia Union
John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Steven Vitoria, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud, Zach Pfeffer (Conor Casey 78′), Cristian Maidana (Brian Carroll 63′), Sebastien Le Toux, CJ Sapong (Andrew Wenger 63′), Fernando Aristeguieta
Unused Subs: Andre Blake, Fabinho, Ethan White, Eric Ayuk

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth, Andrew Farrell, Kevin Alston (Chris Tierney 60′), London Woodberry, Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe (Teal Bunbury 61′), Jermaine Jones, Andy Dorman, Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo (Diego Fagundez 71′), Charlie Davies
Unused Subs: Sean Okoli, Jeremy Hall, Steve Neumann, Brad Knighton

Scoring Summary
PHI: Cristian Maidana — 42
NE: Charlie Davies (Teal Bunbury) — 65
NE: Teal Bunbury (Diego Fagundez) — 76

Disciplinary Summary
NE: Lee Nguyen (foul) — 37
PHI: Ray Gaddis (foul) — 41
PHI: Conor Casey (foul) — 85
PHI: Sheanon Williams (foul) — 90
NE: Teal Bunbury (time wasting) — 90′

June 28, 2014: New England Revolution 1-3 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

Philadelphia Union returned to league play with a comprehensive 3-1 victory in New England on Saturday night. Sebastien Le Toux scored a brace and Danny Cruz added a brilliant individual effort to give Philadelphia a victory in their first league match since early June.

Le Toux capitalized on a mistake by the New England back line to put Philadelphia up 1-0 just before halftime. Cruz scored a dazzling individual goal midway through the second half before Saer Sene pulled New England back to goal on 73 minutes. A cool finish from Le Toux after a great Andrew Wenger pass in the 78th minute assured the Union all three points.

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

Soccer can be such a funny game. Franck Ribery gets hurt, and the French team looks like world beaters. Robin van Persie goes off, and Holland scores a pair of goals to beat Mexico. Vincent Nogueira doesn’t play… and the Philadelphia Union take three points off New England on the road.

Funny, funny game.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath, Fabinho, Maurice Edu, Sheanon Williams, Ray Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud, Danny Cruz (79′ Aaron Wheeler), Sebastien Le Toux (83′ Brian Carroll), Conor Casey (70′ Andrew Wenger).

New England Revolution
Brad Knighton, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney, Jose Gonvalves, Andy Dorman, Daigo Kobayashi (70′ Saer Sene), Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen (80′ Steve Neumann), Teal Bunbury (58′ Kelyn Rowe), Patrick Mullins

Scoring Summary
42 – PHI: Le Toux
69 – PHI: Cruz (Lahoud)
73 – NE: Sene (Rowe, Dorman)
78 – PHI: Le Toux (Wenger)

Disciplinary Summary
74 – NE: Sene (excessive celebration)
80 – PHI: Wenger (time wasting)
85 – NE: Dorman (foul)
90 +1 – NE: Goncalves (foul)

May 17, 2014: Philadelphia Union 3-5 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

The Union lost their positive momentum from Wednesday night’s big win in Kansas City and fell 5-3 at home Saturday to the New England Revolution.

The hot seat got a little hotter for coach John Hackworth as he saw his side concede a record five goals at PPL Park. Despite a fantastic goal from Vincent Nogueira at the end of the first half, three New England goals to start the second half saw the Revolution leave Philadelphia with all three points.

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A gutsy, 2-1 road victory against defending MLS champions Sporting Kansas City.

A 5-3 home blowout against a Revolution side that solved the Union defense early and often.

So which performance showed the Union’s true colors? Based on the prior 11 matches and the Union’s position as second worst in points per game, it is hard not to say the latter, though suspensions, injuries, and international duty undoubtedly played a part in making the scoreline as ugly as it turned out on Saturday evening.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath, Raymond Gaddis, Austin Berry, Aaron Wheeler (Antoine Hoppenot ’52), Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo (c), Vincent Nogueira, Leo Fernandes (Zach Pfeffer ’73), Danny Cruz (Sebastien Le Toux ’61), Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger
Unused Substitutes: Ethan White, Conor Casey, Andre Blake, Fred.

New England Revolution
Brad Knighton, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Chris Tierney, Andrew Farrell, Andy Dorman (Steve Neuman ’75), Daigo Kobayashi (Scott Caldwell ’59), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez (Kelyn Rowe ’69), Teal Bunbury, Patrick Mullins
Unused Substitutes: O’Brian Woodbine, Larry Jackson, Stephen McCarthy, Charlie Davies.

Scoring Summary:
13′ — NE: A.J. Soares (Chris Tierney)
26′ — NE: Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen)
36′ — PHI: Vincent Nogueira (Danny Cruz)
49′ — NE: Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi)
57′ — NE: Chris Tierney
67′ — NE: Patrick Mullins (Diego Fagundez)
76′ — PHI: Sheanon Williams (Austin Berry, Sebastien Le Toux)
90′ + 2 — PHI: Sebastien Le Toux

Disciplinary Summary
67′ — PHI: Austin Berry (Off the ball foul) – Yellow
78′ — PHI: Amobi Okugo (Foul) – Yellow
82′ — PHI: Cristián Maidana (Serious Foul) – Red
88′ — NE: Lee Nguyen (Foul) – Yellow

Referee: Ted Unkel

March 15, 2014: Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

Sebastien Le Toux’s scored his first goal of the year to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 1-0 win Saturday over New England Revolution in their home opener.

The hosts dominated the first half as they bombarded Bobby Shuttleworth’s goal with shot after shot…The Union didn’t match their remarkable first half performance in the second half, but they still looked more likely to double their advantage than concede an equalizer.

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

Two weeks into the 2014 season, Philadelphia Union are seconds away from having collecting six of a possible six points from two 2013 playoff teams. But it is the quality of the play that rightfully has Union fans more excited to watch their team than they have been in quite some time.

To put it more simply, the 2014 Union pass the eye test.

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath, Ray Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Austin Berry (Aaron Wheeler ’54), Fabinho, Leo Fernandes, Vincent Nogueira, Maurice Edu, Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney (Antoine Hoppenot ’82), Cristian Maidana (Danny Cruz ’87)
Unused substitutes: Andre Blake, Ethan White, Corben Bone, Zach Pfeffer

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes,  Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney (Saer Sene ’78); Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman (Daigo Kobayashi ’71), Diego Fagundez, Donald Smith (Jerry Bengtson ’46), Teal Bunbury
Unused substitutes: Brad Knighton, Stephen McCarthy, O’Brian Woodbine, Kelyn Rowe

Scoring Summary
31 – PHI: Le Toux (Fernandes)

Discipline Summary
10 – PHI: McInerney (caution)
48 – PHI: Berry (caution)
70 – NER: Soares (caution)

Referee­­: Kevin Morrison
Attendance: 18651

August 25, 2013: New England Revolution 5-1 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

After nearly completing a second half comeback, the Union conceded four goals to a rampant New England Revolution side and slumped to a demoralizing 5-1 defeat.

Danny Cruz looked to have put the Union back on the front foot in the 50th minute when he canceled out Kelyn Rowe’s first half goal, but the visitors could not see out the result.

Conor Casey should have put the Union in front only five minutes after Cruz’s equalizer, but referee Allen Chapman incorrectly disallowed the goal. Given a reprieve, the Revolution found their attacking form in a 15-minute span, during which they found the back of the net four times.

PSP Player Ratings and Analysis Highlights

Sometimes, a bad turnover costs a team points. Occasionally, a coach’s decision leaves his team without the players required to do the job. Once in a while, leadership fails a team, leading to a group of players aimlessly running around a pitch. And often in MLS, a referee’s decision proves a turning point.

Sunday was a rare day in which just about everything went wrong for Philadelphia Union.

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It’s hard. I think there are some plays that are made early in that second half and we felt like we did all the right things coming out of the locker room at halftime. We had the momentum, get the equalizer and feel like we got the go-ahead goal, twice. For whatever reason, the officials felt otherwise. It is incredibly hard to take that part of it because it changes so much. You have to give New England credit because they were really good. Kelyn (Rowe) has two fantastic goals. They kept going after it. Obviously momentum dramatically shifted after that. Strange, strange night. We are just left wondering how, at this level, some of that can happen. (John Hackworth)

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Fabinho; Michael Farfan (Antoine Hoppenot ’80), Keon Daniel (Michael Lahoud ’27), Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz (Jack McInerney ’75); Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey
Unused substitutes: Oka Nikolov, Matt Kassel, Kleberson, Aaron Wheeler.

New England Revolution
Matt Reis; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, AJ Soares, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell; Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen (Andy Dorman ’74), Kelyn Rowe, Chad Barrett (Dimitry Imbongo ’56); Juan Agudelo (Charlie Davies ’81)
Unused substitutes: Bobby Shuttleworth, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston, Ryan Guy

Scoring Summary
26 – NER: Rowe (Chad Barrett)
50 – PHI: Cruz (Casey)
58 – PHI: Okugo (own goal)
65 – NER: Rowe (Imbongo)
71 – NER : Fagundez (Caldwell)
73 – NER: Agudelo (Imbongo, Fagundez)

Discipline Summary
37 – PHI: Lahoud (caution)
75 – PHI: Okugo (caution)
78 – PHI: Williams (caution)
81 – PHI: Casey (caution)
91 – PHI: Okugo (caution + ejection)

Referee: Allen Chapman
Attendance: 12531

April 27, 2013: New England Revolution 2-0 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“There were plenty of chances for both sides in a sloppy match. Michael Farfan and Danny Cruz both had good opportunities in the first half, and Antoine Hoppenot and Jack McInerney got chances in the second.

“’That was not reflective of the type of game we’re capable of playing at all,’ Union manager John Hackworth said after the match. ‘Probably our worst performance of the year by far.’”

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“And we are back to the question of identity.

“Throughout the early success the Union were enjoying to begin 2013, the picture was growing clearer: This was not a possession team. Smart, composed build-ups did not matter as much as stout defense turned into speedy, hard-charging counterattacking play. Against Toronto and DC United, the Union conceded the possession battle by nearly a 2 to 1 margin in both matches, yet managed to scrape by with 4 points based almost entirely on the inspired tandem of Conor Casey and Jack McInerney.

“As long as the Union could get a few chances each game, they seemed capable of scoring just enough to get by.

“Against New England, Casey and McInerney cooled off and the bottom fell out.”

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath, Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Brian Carroll, Michale Farfan, Keon Daniel (Kleberson 72′), Danny Cruz (Antoine Hoppenot 65′), Conor Casey (Sebastien Le Toux 59′), Jack McInerney.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Gabriel Farfan, Micahel Lahoud, Roger Torres

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney ©, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Ryan Guy (Saer Sene, 61’), Lee Nguyen (Scott Caldwell 89’), Kalifa Cisse, Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Jerry Bengtson (Dimity Imbongo 74’)
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, Andy Dorman, Sainey Nyassi

Scoring Summary
NE Fagundez (Rowe, Nguyen) 61′
NE Nguyen 71′

Disciplinary Summary
PHI Jose Kleberson (caution) 82′

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Matthieu Bourdeau
Weather: Clear and 56 Degrees
Attendance: 18,383

March 16, 2013: Philadelphia Union 1–0 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Jack McInerney scored in the 76th minute off a Sebastien Le Toux corner kick to send Philadelphia Union to a 1-0 win Saturday over the New England Revolution at PPL Park.”

“The Union held 56 percent of the possession in a game marred by wintry weather, as ice cold rain and sleet peppered the players throughout the game.”

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“Center back Jeff Parke didn’t make a wrong move all day, save for his late booking. He won seemingly every header he tried for and repeatedly put himself in New England’s passing lanes, recording six interceptions, five recoveries and 16 clearances.”

“If something is broken, it’s the midfield. Outside of opening day’s first 40 minutes, it has lacked fluidity in possession.”

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Scoring Summary
76′—PHI—Jack McInerney

Disciplinary Summary
27′—NE—A.J. Soares (Foul)
42′—PHI—Amobi Okugo (Foul)
84′—NE—Bobby Shuttleworth (Dissent)
92′—PHI—Jeff Parke (Foul)

Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Attendance: 15689

Philadelphia Union
MacMath, Williams, Parke, Gaddis, Okugo, Daniel, M. Farfan (Hoppenot, 67’), Carroll, Cruz (Lahoud, 8’), McInerney (Albright, 87’), Le Toux

New England Revolution
Shuttleworth, Soares, Farrell, Goncalves, Alston (Barrett, 79’), Caldwell, Nguyen, Rowe, Simms (Dorman, 45’), Toja (Tierney, 79’), Bengtson

October 6, 2012: Philadelphia Union 1–0 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Jack McInerney scored in his third consecutive match, firing the Union to a 1-0 victory over New England on Saturday night at PPL Park, their third win in the last four matches.”

“[Keon Daniel] whipped the ball over the outstretched hands of Shuttleworth, and McInerney arrived at the back post to head the ball into the back of the net, sending the Union into a deserved lead.”

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“Some credit is due to the home side for being good enough to win this one, but in truth, New England lost this contest far more than the Union won it.”

“From forgotten man to focal point of the Union attack, McInerney is the first young Union striker in the history of the club to actually grow and develop. Period.”

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Philadelphia Union
Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan; Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Gabriel Gomez (Roger Torres ’71), Michael Lahoud (Antoine Hoppenot ’61), Keon Daniel; Jack McInerney (Chris Albright ’81)
Unused substitutes: Chris Konopka, Zach Pfeffer, Freddy Adu, Chandler Hoffman

New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth; Alec Purdie, A.J. Soares (Fernando Cardenas ’61), Darrius Barnes, Kevin Alson; Kelyn Rowe (Dimitriy Imbongo ’77), Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms, Ryan Guy; Jerry Bengtson, Diego Fagundez (Juan Toja ’64)
Unused substitutes: Matt Reis, Blair Gavin, Blake Brettschneider, Sainey Nyassi

Scoring Summary
73 – PHI: McInerney (Daniel)

Disciplinary Summary
66 – NER: Simms (caution)
86 – NER: Guy (caution)
86 – NER: Feilhaber (caution)
87 – PHI: G. Farfan (caution)
88 – NER: Feilhaber (caution)
88 – NER: Feilhaber (ejection)

Jorge Gonzalez

September 1, 2012: New England Revolution 00 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Despite dominating New England from start to finish, Philadelphia Union limped into the month of September, failing to find the net in a dull 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium.”

“With the result, the Union are now winless in their last 6 matches with an anemic 3 goals over that span.”

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“Before we begin, yes, there is plenty of merit in teaching a young, developing team to grind and sweat out a valuable road draw. But in a meaningless game against a weak opponent before a thin crowd, after dominating from the opening whistle? That’s a game the Union needed to win, and that was the exact scenario Saturday night in New England.”

“For the second straight match, Hackworth chose to leave two defensive midfielders on the pitch with time winding down and the Union in need of a goal.”

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Scoring Summary

Discipline Summary
58 – NER: Nguyen (caution)
62 – PHI: Adu (caution)

Line Ups:
Union: Zac MacMath; Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan; Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan; Danny Cruz (Josue Martinez ‘84), Antoine Hoppenot (Jack McInerney ’67), Freddy Adu (Keon Daniel ’80)
Unused substitutes: Chris Konopka, Roger Torres, Raymon Gaddis, Gabriel Gomez

Revolution: Matt Reis; Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Flo Lechner; Lee Nguyen, Clide Simms (Ryan Guy ’50), Benny Feilhaber; Fernando Cardenas (Kelyn Rowe ’59), Diego Fagundez (Dimitry Imbongo ’76), Jerry Bengtson
Unused substitutes: Tim Murray, Blake Brettschneider, Tyler Polak, Michael Roach

Drew Fischer

July 29, 2012: Philadelphia Union 21 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Jack McInerney grabbed all three points for the Union on Sunday night at PPL Park, nodding home a 90th minute winner to steal a 2-1 victory against the New England Revolution.

“McInerney’s goal marked the Union’s first comeback victory of 2012, after Saer Sene’s 12th minute blast had thrust New England into the lead. When Kevin Alston hauled down McInerney, Freddy Adu stepped to the spot and dispatched the equalizing penalty kick, beginning the comeback.”

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“The Union will take the three points, but John Hackworth’s side certainly looked vulnerable.

“The naysayer might report that the Union got lucky. The supporter will say the home side finally got the bounces that went to their opponents earlier this year.

“Either way, the Union looked well below their best as New England ripped through the spine of the Union formation time and again.”

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Scoring Summary
NE 12′ Saer Sene (Kelyn Rowe)
PHI 59′ Freddy Adu
PHI 90′ Jack McInerney (Sheanon Williams)

Discipline Summary
25 – NER: Soares (caution)
39 – NER: McCarthy (caution)
67 – PHI: M. Farfan (caution)

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic

September 7, 2011: Philadelphia Union 44 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights:

“In a game that featured eight goals—two by way of penalty kicks—the Union overcame a three-goal deficit to salvage a draw at home against the Eastern Conference bottom-dwelling Revolution.”

“The Union’s fourth goal of the night had brought them all the way back and while each side still found time to squander a golden opportunity in the dying moments of the game, each came away from this wide open and entertaining contest with a hard-fought point.”

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“As far as first starts go it was not what Zac MacMath would have wanted, but it was certainly not a contest he will forget anytime soon. The rookie goalkeeper will fondly remember the night the Union stormed back from 4-1 down in the second half to earn a gritty point.”

“Dictating the play in a manner we have seldom seen over the past months, the Union showed MLS and themselves what they are capable of when they commit themselves to controlling possession and attacking.”

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Scoring Summary: 
NE — A.J. Soares 1 (Chris Tierney 3) 9
NE — Rajko Lekic 5 (penalty kick) 21
NE — Moncef Zerka 1 (Chris Tierney 4) 25
PHI — Roger Torres 3 (Sheanon Williams 3) 28
NE — Benny Feilhaber 3 (Rajko Lekic 1) 33
PHI — Freddy Adu 1 (Danny Mwanga 4, Veljko Paunovic 2) 54
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 5 (penalty kick) 79
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 6 (Veljko Paunovic 3) 92+

Misconduct summary: 
NE — Shalrie Joseph (caution; Delaying a Restart) 36
NE — Milton Caraglio (caution; Reckless Tackle) 71
PHI — Freddy Adu (caution; Reckless Foul) 76
NE — Benny Feilhaber (caution; Dissent) 97+

New England Revolution —
 Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane (Franco Coria 74), A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Moncef Zerka (Ryan Guy 64), Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph, Chris Tierney, Milton Caraglio, Rajko Lekic (Pat Phelan 58).
Substitutes Not Used: Kheli Dube, Diego Fagundez, Zack Schilawski, Bobby Shuttleworth.

Philadelphia Union — Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan (Danny Mwanga 46), Freddy Adu, Brian Carroll, Stefani Miglioranzi (Michael Farfan 46), Roger Torres (Justin Mapp 72), Sebastien Le Toux, Veljko Paunovic.
Substitutes Not Used: Jack McInerney, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Thorne Holder.

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey; Craig Lowry
4th Official: Andrew Chapin
Time of Game: 1:57
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 71 degrees
Attendance: 16,148

July 17, 2011: New England Revolution 0–3 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Carlos Ruiz got his sixth while Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams each got the first of their careers as the Union dismissed the last place Revolution 3-0.””

“This was not the wide open offense of the Toronto massacre, but a controlled burn that only entered high gear on occasion. But when they did hit that top gear, the Union served notice to the rest of MLS: The first half of 2011 was no fluke. We are the team to beat in the East.”

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“With Kyle Nakazawa at the top of the midfield diamond, Philadelphia looked to play a pass-and-move game that brought the fullbacks and the strikers into play with regularity. Those who have bemoaned the team’s reliance on hopeful aerial passes this season were rubbing their eyes in disbelief as the Union played short, simple passes and controlled the ball with patience in the final third.”

“It’s fun to talk about the Union’s midfield because the defense was good to the point of being, well, boring. We can only hope [NE strikers] Rajko Lekic and Kenny Mansally got Carlos Valdes’ autograph because otherwise they won’t take anything away from the game.”

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Scoring Summary:
PHI — Carlos Ruiz 6 (Keon Daniel 1, Justin Mapp 2) 12
PHI — Carlos Valdes 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 7, Kyle Nakazawa 3) 24
PHI — Sheanon Williams 1 (Danny Mwanga 3) 93+

Misconduct Summary:
NE — Benny Feilhaber (caution; Reckless Foul) 49
NE — Benny Feilhaber (caution; Reckless Foul) 66
NE — Benny Feilhaber (ejection; Second Caution) 66
PHI — Keon Daniel (caution; Dissent) 72

New England Revolution — Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Franco Coria (Darrius Barnes 46), A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 46), Pat Phelan, Benny Feilhaber, Stephen McCarthy, Kenny Mansally (Zack Schilawski 79), Rajko Lekic.

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Danny Mwanga 63), Brian Carroll, Kyle Nakazawa, Keon Daniel (Stefani Miglioranzi 79), Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz (Michael Farfan 74).

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Hector Vergara; Eric Boria
4th Official: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 13,414
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 85 degrees

August 28, 2010: New England Revolution 1–2 Philadelphia Union

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Union midfielder Justin Mapp scored the winner in stoppage time and assisted on a Jack McInerney goal to lead Philadelphia Union to a 2-1 road victory over a 10-man New England Revolution team.”

“Amazing what happens when you actually play guys in their natural positions”

Scoring Summary:
NE — Ilija Stolica 2 (Shalrie Joseph 4) 31
PHI — Jack McInerney 2 (Justin Mapp 1, Jordan Harvey 1) 82
PHI — Justin Mapp 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 10) 92+

Misconduct Summary:
NE — Emmanuel Osei (caution; Reckless Foul) 19
PHI — Stefani Miglioranzi (caution; Reckless Tackle) 29
NE — Cory Gibbs (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 40
PHI — Jack McInerney (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 83
PHI — Jordan Harvey (caution; Reckless Foul) 84

Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Danny Califf, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Jordan Harvey, Kyle Nakazawa (Justin Mapp 65), Andrew Jacobson, Stefani Miglioranzi (Jack McInerney 77), Eduardo Coudet (Roger Torres 46), Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga.
Unused substitutes: Cristian Arrieta, Amobi Okugo, Nick Zimmerman, Brad Knighton.

New England Revolution —
Bobby Shuttleworth, Cory Gibbs, Emmanuel Osei, Seth Sinovic, Darrius Barnes, Sainey Nyassi, Shalrie Joseph, Pat Phelan, Chris Tierney, IlijaStolica (Khano Smith 54), Marko Perovic.
Unused substitutes: Kheli Dube, Roberto Linck, Kenny Mansally, Zack Schilawski, Tim Murray.

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants:
 Greg Barkey; Daniel Belleau
4th Official:
 Chris Penso
 Clear and 75 degrees
Attendance: 13,578

July 31, 2010: Philadelphia Union 1–1 New England Revolution

PSP Match Report Highlights

“Philadelphia Union walked away Saturday afternoon with a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution in a match decided by one of the most bizarre sequences seen at PPL Park. Up 1-0, thanks to a Sebastien Le Toux, the Union saw the game decided by two questionable calls and a strange bounce.”

Scoring Summary:
PHI — Sebastien Le Toux 8 (Danny Mwanga 3) 25
NE — Marko Perovic 4 (unassisted) 70

NE — Shalrie Joseph (caution; Reckless Tackle) 45
PHI — Fred (caution; Reckless Tackle) 60
NE — Marko Perovic (caution; Reckless Tackle) 85

New England Revolution — Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Emmanuel Osei, Darrius Barnes, Cory Gibbs, Sainey Nyassi, Shalrie Joseph, Pat Phelan, Chris Tierney, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 61), Marko Perovic

Philadelphia Union — Chris Seitz, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey, Cristian Arrieta, Sebastien Le Toux, Fred (Andrew Jacobson 77), Stefani Miglioranzi, Alejandro Moreno, Danny Mwanga (Justin Mapp 56), Eduard Coudet (Jack McInerney 83)

Referee: Jasen Anno
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; Steven Taylor
4th Official: Lee Suckle
Weather: Sunny and 83 degrees
Attendance: 18,147

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