MLS New England Revolution

Final: Revolution 2, Philadelphia 0 — Revs topple the Union to move on

THE TEAMS: Revolution at Philadelphia Union
THE SITCH: MLS Cup Playoffs, First Round
THE SITE: Subaru Park, Chester, Penn.
THE TIME: 8 p.m.
THE SKINNY: For the sixth time, New England plays Philadelphia in soccer competition, and for the second time, it’s loser go home. A visit to Orlando is on the line for the Revolution.

We are underway from Chester. Your starting lineups, benches, and match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic. Thanks for joining us here on the Soccer Sentinel tonight.

1′ Tajon with a foul. Looks OK.

3′ Little shoulder blocks between Farrell and Santos. They are laughing it up, just two kids having fun.

5′ Monteiro misses an absolute sitter. Aaronson turns the corner on Scotty, crosses in, and Monteiro skies it from the top of the 6. Good lord.

7′ Martinez has a go, and it goes wide.

11′ Martinez and Buksa have some words, Bou quickly gets between them.

12′ Corner to the Revs after Bunbury beats Gaddis, but Gaddis gets back to deflect a cross over the end line.

13′ Bou with a turn, his shot is slowed… goes wide. He was in an offside position, but Glesnes had a touch.

16′ Corner to the Revs as Martinez deflected Tajon’s cross over the end line.

20′ Bou was unmarked, Martinez crashes and Bou sends his shot wide.

21′ Buksa put the ball right in the path of Bunbury, but it’s wide of Teal.

24′ Corner to the Revs. Pitch tilting toward Blake and the Sons of Ben…. Revs appear for hand ball in the penalty area, and Tajon goes down… no calls. Both should have been pens.

25′ Gil is taken down, it’s a free kick in a dangerous area for the Revs.

26′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Adam Buksa! He out-leaps the defense on Gil’s free kick, and it’s in the net. 1-nil to the Revs.

28′ Corner to DOOP…. Caldwell clears it.

29′ Bou with a shot, stopped by Blake.

30′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and it’s Tajon Buchanan! Oh my, it’s 2-nil to The Boys In Blue. Wagner makes a bad touch on the ball with Tajon driving it, and Blake is too flat footed to make a stop. Into the net.

36′ Turner with the save on Pryzbylko’s header. Some good possession by DOOP there….. and after the restart, Pryzbylko is shown a yellow card for a late challenge in on Scotty.

40′ Bedoya offside.

41′ Handbags. Polster and Martinez get in each other’s faces after Tajon takes Monteiro down.

45′ Corner to DOOP…. one minute added on.


Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers…

Hamana hamana hamana.

That middle 15-minute stretch, with the pitch tilting toward the River End, the Revs needed one…. they got two. Impressive — but there is 45 minutes left.

45.8 percent of the ball

6 shots, 3 on-target — two goals

74 percent passing accuracy

Second Half Underway

46′ Gil with a volley, Blake corrals it. Ilsinho on for Martinez.

48′ Kessler with a takeaway on Aaronson.

50′ Buksa dribbles in after some sustained possession, can’t pull the trigger.

52′ GIL. OFF THE BAR. Wow.

57′ Corner to DOOP.

60′ Andrew with the stop on Ilsinho.

62′ Aaronson off for Burke, Elliot on for Santos. That’s three subs for Philly.

64′ Free kick for Philly…. header, right at Turner. Save made.

66′ Kelyn Rowe coming on for Bunbury. First Revs sub.

68′ Ilsinho with a foul, Caldwell clipped. Ilsinho got by Jones, Rowe and Caldwell come in.

70′ Corner to the Revs.

71′ Shot by Kessler, save Blake.

72′ Corner to DOOP.

73′ Wagner goes into the book.

75′ Scotty wins the ball, draws the foul.

76′ Fontana in, Gaddis out…. corner to DOOP.

77′ Turner corrals.

78′ Bou off, McNamara on.

82′ Corner to DOOP…. Turner, save.

85′ Tajon is screaming after getting bent over backward. He’s up and hobbling.

88′ Polster goes into the book.

89′ Buksa coming off for Rennicks, Mancienne on for Gil.

90′ Five minutes minimum added on.

Full Time, and we have handbags on the full time whistle

For the Revs:

Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Buchanan; Polster, S. Caldwell; Bunbury, Gil, Bou; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Mancienne, Sinovic, Delamea, McNamara, Rowe, Nguyen, Manneh, Rennicks

For Philadelphia:

Blake; Wagner, McKenzie, Glesnes, Gaddis; Martinez, Monteiro, Bedoya, Aaronson; Santos, Pryzbylko
Bench: Freese, Elliot, Collin, Real, Creavalle, Ilsinho, Fontana, Burke, Wooten

Tajon Buchanan is expected to have a role in tonight’s match. He left in the 50th minute Friday night with an injury.

No new additional injuries for the Revolution. Jack de Vries is the only player listed on Philly’s injury report, so we’re expecting Andre Blake to be in keep for the Union.

Philly has not played since Decision Day, when it scored a 2-0 win over the Revolution here in Chester.

This will be the first time the two sides have ever met in MLS Cup Playoff history. It is New England’s third visit to the banks of the Delaware River in 2020.

Lee Nguyen’s first minute played tonight will be his 1,000th minute in MLS Cup Playoffs history.

Andrew Farrell and Kelyn Rowe are both at 9 MLS Cup Playoff appearances headed into tonight’s match.

Should Tommy McNamara or Gustavo Bou draw a yellow tonight, they will face a suspension.

We’re not expecting Diego Fagundez to take part in tonight’s game as he did not travel with the team to Philadelphia.

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