WHO: Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
WHERE: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 10:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: ESPN2/WBZ-FM 98.5
WHAT’S UP: We’re into the knockout stages of the MLS IS BACK Tournament, and it’s as you expect: survive and advance, or lose and go home. The Revs take on Eastern Conference rival in the Union tonight, and it’s for a chance in the quarterfinals.
We’re underway from Central Florida. Revs are in the home Navy Blues, Philly get us started. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the live feed. Periodic updates to follow.
2′ Great touch and volley by Bou to try and feed Buksa, but the volley is too long to Blake.
3′ Bye with a giveaway that leads to a cross into the 18, but Büttner chests it to Turner.
5′ Büttner has a go, sends it high into the night.
7′ Corner to the Revs after Penilla gets his first touches and deflects the ball off a Philly defender.
8′ Good play by Kelyn to stay with the ball and force a turnover.
10′ Penilla takes a touch and opens a lane, but his shot goes wide.
11′ Tajon with a look to Bou, but the pass is weak. Andrew Farrell bails him out at the other end after the Union goes off the races.
14′ Good defending by Toni to get it clear, but Philly gets it back. And it’s a corner.
15′ Turner with a punch, Martinez with a shot… wide.
16′ Kelyn with a shot, wide. TT correct, the shots are rushed.
19′ Very sloppy on both sides as Penilla loses the ball, Zahibo wins it back and passes to Penilla…. WHO IMMEDIATELY GIVES IT TO PHILLY AND IT COUNTERS. But the Union’s shot was slow and easy for Turner.
21′ Corner to Philly.
22′ And another…. Pryzbylko with the head, Turner claims it.
26′ Zahibo with a giveaway, Farrell blocks a cross, and it’s the fourth corner to Philly.
27′ Claimed by Turner.
30′ Monteiro gives it ride over the bar, and it’s the hydration break.
32′ We’re back underway.
34′ Santos, to Turner. Easy peasy.
35′ Tajon, almost. Blake cuts his angle down after a flick, Blake deflects it and it’s a corner.
38′ Nice cross by Brandon, Buksa’s header wide.
40′ Corner to Philly after Santos’s shot is deflected.
42′ Farrell with the foul on Aaronsen.
42′ Pryzbylko is somewhere in Disney World for that free kick, goal won’t count. Offside.
45′ Header by Philly, to Turner…. two minutes minimum added on here at the end of the first half.
45+2′ Santos with the shot on the half turn, beats Turner, but he’s wide…. Martinez has the last touch, and he blazes over.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts:
Revs are now 174 minutes without a goal, and I think that is definitely felt given some of the touches they’ve had in the attacking third.
Kelyn Rowe is playing his ass off. Brandon Bye and Tajon Buchanan are worrisome.
Philly with 59 percent possession. Eight shots, three on target for DOOP. Five shots, one on target for New England.
Second Half Underway
46′ Bou with a try, right at Blake.
47′ Tajon with a theft, Buksa’s blast is blocked. Nice off the ball run by Tajon there.
48′ Risky giveaway by Büttner to Bedoya, but Büttner recovers. Philly gets a throw in, and now the Revs have a goal kick.
51′ Bou with a shot, blocked.
52′ Buchanan has a go from 16 yards away, wide right.
53′ Büttner with a left-footer, deflected for a corner.
54′ Another one.
55′ Tajon with a drive, blocked and it goes out for a throw….
56′ Martinez fouls Penilla….. Bou with a driiiiiiiive, Blake parries it. That was headed in. Corner…. Philly nearly clears it, Kelyn tracks it down and he’s fouled.
58′ Bou with a cross in, Delamea heads wide.
59′ Penilla fires wide. I’m starting to sound like a broken record.
60′ Corner to Philly.
61′ Turner corrals, and he had solid distro there.
63′ GOAL PHILADELPHIA. Well now. Sergio Santos with a goal from a tight angle, and it all starts with a giveaway between Bou and Buchanan. Bye doesn’t react fast enough on the ball over the top by Monteiro. 1-nil to Philly and that was a solid first touch. The finish was better.
64′ That was Santos’ last touch as he is replaced by Ilsinho.
66′ Blake with a save on Buksa, and it’s a corner to the Revs.
67′ Bunbury on for Buchanan.
70′ Bye gives up a foul on Wagner.
72′ Rowe’s shot is blocked.
73′ Monteiro feeds Aaronsen, but Aaronsen trips on his own.
75′ Hydration time.
81′ Buksa with a turn, he sends it into the netting behind the goal. Looks like DeJuan Jones coming in soon.
83′ Corner to the Revs, but Creavalle coming on for Aaronsen, while Jones come in for Zahibo. Rowe to move over, Jones to get pushed up in an effort to find an equalizer.
85′ Buksa is fouled. Free kick out on the flank. Büttner takes it, Bunbury tries to lay it off, but right to Blake.
87′ Pryzbylko is down and will need treatment. Which is time wasting in my book.
88′ Wooten comes on for Pryzbylko. That’s the last sub for Philly. Revs with three subs remaining.
89′ Philly almost releases Ilsinho, but the pass has too much pace behind it. Right to Turner.
90′ Büttner’s cross into the 6 is blasted away by Wagner…. Penilla is fouled, so a free kick in a dangerous area for New England. Four minutes minimum added on.
90+1′ Bou’s kick sees Blake take a step for the save.
90+4′ Wooten gets in and looks like he’s fouled, but he gets nothing and Turner starts a counter. Foul and a free kick for the Revs.
90+5′ Gaddis heads it, and that’s it.
And after the whistle, Bruce Arena has been red carded
For the Revs:
Turner; Büttner, Delamea, Farrell, Bye; Rowe, Zahibo; Penilla, Bou, Buchanan; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, J. Caldwell, Mancienne, Sinovic, Kessler, Fagundez, S. Caldwell, Angking, Jones, Rivera, Rennicks, Bunbury
Blake; Wagner, McKenzie, Elliot, Gaddis; Martinez, Monteiro, Bedoya, Aaronsen; Santos, Pryzbylko
Bench: Bendik, Glesnes, Collin, Mbaizo, Reel, Dravec, Creavalle, Ilsinho, Fontana, de Vries, Ngalina, Wooten
The last time the Revs and Union met in a knockout style competition was the 2016 US Open Cup Fifth Round at Harvard University. The Revs won in penalties, after giving up a late goal to Philadelphia just as the normal 90 was set to expire.
Carles Gil is questionable for tonight’s matchup given the circumstances. He had gone an hour against DC United a week ago before re-aggravating his preseason foot injury. He was seen on the bench wearing a walking boot Tuesday morning, and Bruce Arena said he was unlikely to play.
Should the Revs win tonight, they’ll advance to the quarterfinals to take on either Sporting Kansas City or the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday.
New England has not beaten Philadelphia since a 3-nil win at Gillette back in July 2017. Last time out was a 1-1 draw at Gillette in June 2019.
Should Leominster resident Diego Fagundez make an appearance this evening, who would surpass Wellesley’s Chris Tierney for third all-time in Revs appearances with 247. Next up would be Matt Reis at 254, and Shalrie Joseph at 261.
Andrew Farrell is one start away from surpassing Tierney for fourth all-time for starts. His last goal scored? It was against Philadelphia in 2018.
No one is on yellow card watch tonight.
Four players have scored goals for Philadelphia during this tournament: Alejandro Bedoya, Ilsinho, Kacper Pryzbylko, and Kai Wagner. Pryzbylko scored the equalizer for Philly against the Revs the last time the two sides met. Add three more goals, and that’s DOOP’s season.
Diego Fagundez has scored four times against the Union in his 10-year career.
Philly defender Jack Elliot has scored three of his career five goals against New England. Opportunistic.
Philly has no one on the injury report.