WHO: Revolution at Philadelphia Union
WHERE: Subaru Park, Chester, Penn.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
WHAT’S UP: A big opportunity for the Revolution to claim three points on the trot as they go to Southeast Pennsylvania to take on what is, by all accounts, a shorthanded Union side. New England can move up a spot to fourth with a win and if other results go their way.
We’re underway from the banks of the Delaware. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the running tally. Updates are periodic.
2′ Close for Wooten. He had a smart off-the-ball run. Looked like he lost his man.
5′ Foul on Penilla, and it’ll be a free kick some 30-plus yards away.
8′ Corner to the Union after a turnover/foul by Polster. He is cautioned…. Turner corrals the corner in traffic.
13′ Too many turnovers against this Philly side.
19′ Free kick for Philly after a giveaway by McNamara.
20′ Martinez gets cautioned. Both No. 8’s under caution.
21′ Bunbury is offside on that, rightly adjudged.
22′ Save by Turner on Bedoya.
25′ Pryzbylko has a go, Farrell comes over, and he curls wide… but it’s offside.
30′ Corner for the Union after the shot goes off a Revs defender… free header by Glesnes, wide at the far post.
36′ Gaddis goes into the book.
38′ Big sliding stop by Rowe on Aaronson. Corner.
39′ Bye clears it out of the 6.
41′ Rowe with a near try on Büttner’s volley. Rowe taps and it just goes wide… comes after Buksa’s shot connected with Martinez in the Martinez.
44′ Bunbury crosses, Buksa kicks it awkwardly. They had McNamara off the ball.
45′ Two minutes minimum added on.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers
Sloppy on both sides thanks to the defensive arrays by both sides. Union with the better offensive chances.
4 shots, 0 on-target for the Revs.
45.6 percent possession for the Revs. 78 percent passing accuracy. 70 percent accurate in the attacking half.
Second Half Underway
46′ Corner to the Revs, first of the match. Büttner with the overlap.
47′ Header by Teal, wide.
50′ Bedoya with a late challenge on Büttner, and he sees a yellow piece of plastic.
51′ Aaronson with the shot, Turner saves it.
53′ Martinez has a go, blazes wide.
56′ Good pressing by McNamara and Bunbury on Mbaizo there…. Polster is sent off after the throw-in, he’s grabbing Martinez. Revs down to 10 men.
58′ Pryzbylko misses a sitter after Bedoya crosses it… Pryzbylko was completely unmarked. Buksa is off, Scott Caldwell comes on.
60′ Free kick to Philly after a foul by Farrell.
64′ Real and Fontana coming on for Philly. Wooten and Mbaizo coming off.
65′ And Fontana is booked for a foul on McNamara. Stiff arms him. Should be a few other fouls on Philadelphia, too.
67′ Fagundez and Buchanan the next two Revs subs. Penilla and McNamara coming off.
69′ Corner to New England after Bunbury and Buchanan team to win that corner.
70′ Lots of possession by the Revs in the last few minutes. Most sustained pressure tonight.
73′ GOAL PHILADELPHIA. Fontana on that one where he chips Turner. Aaronson blows by Caldwell and passes to Pryzbylko, he gets it to Fontana, who chips. 1-nil.
75′ Free kick to the Revs… Büttner’s boot has too much pace and goes through the 18.
76′ Here we go. Bou and Nguyen coming in. Bunbury and Rowe coming off. No more subs for the Revs.
79′ Tajon with a low shot on a pass from Nguyen, Blake pops it over for the corner.
81′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Tajon Buchanan with the goal! Holy moly. Buchanan to Bou, off the ball run, a pass back to Buchanan, he takes two touches, the second one is better, and it’s 1-1.
83′ Corner to Philly. Kessler’s down on the follow-through. Pryzbylko whacks him.
85′ Kessler’s up, and the doctor has him in the concussion protocol…. if Kessler can’t go, Revs will be down to nine men.
86′ He’s back on.
90′ McKenzie is cautioned for a tactical foul on Bou…. five minutes minimum added on.
90+1′ De Vries is on for Martinez.
90+3′ Bou is fouled by McKenzie off the turnover.
90+4′ Bou’s free kick blazes over.
90+5′ Corner to Philly…. Fagundez with a partial clearance, and Fontana drills it into the net. 2-1 to Philly, and that should do it.
For the Revs:
Turner; Büttner, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; Polster, Penilla, Rowe, McNamara; Bunbury, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Bou, Buchanan, S. Caldwell, Fagundez, Jones, Mancienne, Manneh, Nguyen
Blake; Mbaizo, McKenzie, Glesnes, Gaddis; Martinez, Monteiro, Bedoya, Aaronsen; Pryzbylko, Wooten
Bench: Bendik, Real, Turner, Fontana, de Vries, Ngalina
The Revs come into tonight’s match against the Union in fifth, while Philadelphia is third with a four-point edge on New England. Only Orlando City is between them, and the Lions host Inter Miami.
The Union only trained with 14 players on Thursday according to head coach Jim Curtin, which should raise some eyebrows. DOOP’s injury report includes Aurellien Collin (OUT), while Ilsinho, Jack Elliot, Sergio Santos, Kai Wagner, and Warren Creavalle listed as QUESTIONABLE.
YELLOW CARD WATCH has four members of the Union listed: Jose Martinez and Jamiro Monteiro are one yellow card away from a one-match suspension, while Alejandro Bedoya and Jakob Glesnes are two yellows away.
Kacper Pryzbylko has five goals and an assist for the Union, with Brendan Aaronson marking three goals and two assists. They trained Thursday.
Should Pryzbylko score tonight, it would be his 21st goal with DOOP and move him into a tie for fourth in club history.
Philadelphia is 7-1-3 against the Revolution since September 2015. The last Revs win came at Gillette in July 2017, a 3-nil win.
Should the Revs win tonight, it will be the first time they’ve won three consecutive matches on the road since 2008, when they won four.
Philadelphia has not allowed a goal in the first half hour of matches. The Revolution scored in the third minute last time out.
No new injuries on the Revs injury report.
Andrew Farrell is 39 minutes away from surpassing 20,000 minutes played in the league.
Should the returning Lee Nguyen make an appearance and lodge an assist tonight, he would be the first player in team history to reach the 50 goals/50 assists milestone. Diego Fagundez is five assists away.
Gustavo Bou is nine minutes away from 2,000 played in MLS.
Kelyn Rowe is 13 minutes away from 16,000 played in MLS.
Brandon Bye is 22 minutes away from 5,000 played in MLS.