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In pictures: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

All photos: Marjorie Elzey

Philadelphia Union took on the New England Revolution on Saturday, May 20. For the first time this year, it did not rain during a game played at Subaru Park! The game was intense for the Union with many crushing challenges from the Revolution. Yellow cards were handed out starting the in the fourth minute to Latif Blessing with additional cards given to Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore and Dave Romney. The most interesting card came in the 73rd minute to Carles Gil, who was on the bench for New England. Matt Real picked up a yellow card soon after being subbed in during extra time. Daniel Gazdag earned a brace, tying him with Conor Casey for the second-most multi-goal games in Union history. Gazdag’s first goal of the night came from open play at minute 56 and his second from a PK after Mikael Uhre was taken down in the box. 18 minutes later. Then it was Julian Carranza’s turn at the 88th minute. Chris Donovan and Uhre earned their first MLS assists for the 2023 season. Another milestone came when Jakob Glesnes made his 100th regular season appearance The Union are undefeated in the last six regular season matches. 

The Wilmington Police Department presents the colors of our nation before players take the field.


Mikael Uhre is painfully taken down from behind by Dave Romney.


Lukasz Szpala issues a yellow card to the Revolution’s Latif Blessing after a tackle against José Martínez.


Revolution keeper Djordje Petrovic makes a jumping save off a corner in the first half.


Matt Polster takes Julián Carranza down outside the box.


Leon Flach works to take the ball down field.


Damion Lowe wins the header under pressure from Noel Buck


A collision between Kai Wagner and Brandon Bye left Kai down on the field for a few minutes. No card was issued for the dangerous play.


Daniel Gazdag receives the ball over his head while Latif Blessing tries to run him down.


Julián Carranza is run over by Brandon Bye as he took a shot on goal.


After a hard tackle on José Martínez and a yellow card issued to Bobby Wood, players from both teams have different points of view on the play.


Leon Flach is taken down by Brandon Bye soon after receiving a pass midfield.


The first goal of the night for Daniel Gazdag came from a pass from Mikael Uhre in the 56th minute.


José Martínez works the ball towards the box while Noel Buck tries to defend him.


Andre Blake is prepared to defend the goal but Jakob Glesnes’ slide tackle stops Emmanuel Boateng shot first.


Andrew Farrell takes Mikeal Uhre down from behind in the box giving the Union a PK.


Bruce Arena tries to defend a yellow card given by Lukasz Szpala and Logan Brown to Carles Gil.


Daniel Gazdag takes a penalty kick in the 2nd half.


The Sons of Ben celebrate the second goal of the night, a PK by Daniel Gazdag.


Jack Elliott has possession of the ball under pressure from Andrew Farrell.


Damion Lowe works the ball across the field looking for one teammates.


A pass from Chris Donovan allows Julián Carranza to get his foot on the ball, passing Djordje Petrovic for a goal.


Julián Carranza hugs Chris Donovan after his pass set Julián up for a goal.


Andre Blake cheers with the fans chanting “Andre Blake” after the game.


The Union travel to Citi Field on Saturday, May 27 to take on New York City Football Club. The game kicks off at 7:30 on AppleTV.


  1. Chris Gibbons says:

    This is the best photo set you’ve ever done, Marjorie. Just exceptional, especially the trio with Wagner getting steamrolled.

  2. Atomic Spartan says:

    Take a look at the sequence photo at #8. It clearly shows what every one of us in the stadium knew: that should have been a yellow card. It’s also the kind of excellent photojournalism I used to see in the old Philadelphia Bulletin in the days when TV blackouts sold newspapers. Editors wanted you to see the arc of the field-length Van Brocklin-to-McDonald pass and would spread the photos over two whole pages just to give you a feel for the drama of the situation. Thank you Marjorie for bringing back an old newspaper tradition. More please.
    Also, I love that Jonathan Tannenwald and the Inquirer have been devoting so much space to the Union on such a regular basis. Newspaper print and commentary are still the Gold Standard for sports coverage (PSP still Platinum for Union news of course). But my Newspaper Copy Editing prof would have busted a gasket if he saw Gazdag’s name misspelled twice as it was in yesterday’s “day-after observations” article. And misspelling a name in a headline could have gotten you re-assigned entirely. Note to Inquirer: you can’t rely on spellcheck for proper names.
    For proper spelling, consult PSP.

    • Thank you for your kind words regarding my photo essay! I appreciate the time you took to read through the captions and that you enjoyed my photos. I also want to thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts on my work.

    • I’ll be at the game tonight both photographing and writing a preview and recap of the match.

  3. Jason T. says:

    Finally a gorgeous day for a match, even with threat of rain earlier in the day. Every one up to this point has been absolutely miserable. I blame Apple hahah.

  4. Tim Jones says:

    Marjorie … or VAR?
    VAR … or Marjorie?
    Hands down! Marjorie!

  5. OneManWolfpack says:

    Awesome stuff… as already said, those Wagner photos are GREAT!!

    • Thank you! I was relieved he got up and played after that. I had not seen the medical rep for the MLS to be on the field before the referee gives the okay and the trainers are allowed on the field. That was the first time I saw that so it made me feel like the result from that his was not going to be good.

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