THE TEAMS: Revolution at Philadelphia Union
THE SITE: Subaru Park, Chester, Penn.
THE TIME: 3:30 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: ABC Ch. 5/WBZ-FM 98.5
THE SKINNY: We’re down to the last match of the regular season, and it’s a pretty important one. Philadelphia can clinch the Supporter’s Shield for the first time with a victory over the Revolution. But New England can hold off the coronation with a win or a draw, and a Toronto win over the Red Bulls can send the Shield to Canada.
Underway from the banks of the Delaware. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
2′ Deflected shot by Bou, Freese with the save.
4′ Corner to the Revs. Martinez is down for the Union. That did not look good.
6′ Looks like he’s OK.
7′ Corner to DOOP…. Kessler clears the corner for a throw-in.
8′ Another corner… and another corner.
12′ Kessler with the stop on Santos.
14′ Risky lay-back by Tajon, but Bye clears it out…. Büttner with a block of Gaddis!
16′ Bedoya is blocked. Monteiro took the ball away from Gil.
19′ Corner to the Revs after Bou beats McKenzie to the ball.
20′ Aaronson gets in, but Kessler wins the ball in the box.
22′ Almost for Pryzbylko on a back heel. Philly with most of the ball recently.
27′ Bou collides with Freese off a free kick… Freese looks like he’s taken the worst of it.
31′ Farrell goes into the book after he cleared Wagner out.
33′ A little pinging in the box sees a loose ball scooped by Turner.
37′ Free kick to the Revs. Bruce and Richie appealing for cards.
41′ Corner to DOOP.
42′ GOAL PHILADELPHIA, and it’s Sergio Santos on a rebound off the woodwork. Turner had dived to make a save attempt, it clanged off the woodwork and went to Santos. He reacts and pops it in. 1-nil. Union one step closer to winning the Shield.
45′ Four minutes minimum added on.
45+4′ Aaronson has a go, deflected wide.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers…
Ugly. Kind of flat. And that’s both teams. The Revs haven’t put a lot of pressure on Freese. Defense was flat on the goal.
46.9 percent of the ball.
3 shots, none on-target. Philly only has one shot on target.
Second Half Underway.
46′ Lee Nguyen and Matt Polster in for the Revs. Büttner and Buchanan out.
48′ Corner to the Revs… Buksa heads it wide.
51′ Bunbury and Santos are down after they collided over by the touchline.
55′ Nguyen whistled for a foul…. Turner with a big save, and it’s partially cleared.
56′ Turner with a save on a free kick after Teal goes into the book for a foul on Aaronson.
57′ Rowe on for Bunbury.
59′ Bye with a lay-off header in the box… cleared.
60′ Corner to the Revs… Bou finds Freese.
63′ Burke coming on for Santos.
65′ Bruce pleading for a card as Martinez fouls Gil.
67′ Burke with the header, Turner with the dive. Great balance by Aaronson in the build up.
69′ GOAL PHILADELPHIA. Cory Burke, six minutes after he comes on, pounds a cross in to make it 2-nil to DOOP. He gets by Farrell, Martinez crosses after DOOP makes an Adam Buksa sandwich.
72′ Bye with a header at close range, wide.
74′ Quick dump button, ABC.
76′ Wow. Seth Sinovic makes his first appearance in 2020, replacing Bye. Manneh on for Bou.
79′ Turner with the save.
85′ Corner to the Revs…. header by Rowe is on-target, Freese with the save.
87′ Yellow to Martinez. Finally.
88′ Buksa with a header over the bar.
90′ Ilsinho and Elliott coming in for DOOP. Pryzbylko and Monteiro come off. Five minutes minimum added on.
90+2′ Corner to the Revs
90+4′ Fontana on for Bedoya.
90+5′ Caldwell is booked.
For the Revs:
Turner; Büttner, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; S. Caldwell, Bunbury, Gil, Buchanan; Bou, Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Mancienne, Sinovic, Rowe, Polster, Fagundez, Nguyen, Manneh, McNamara
Freese; Wagner, McKenzie, Glesnes, Gaddis; Martinez, Monteiro, Bedoya, Aaronson; Santos, Pryzbylko
Bench: Bendik, Elliott, Collin, Mbaizo, Creavalle, Fontana, Ilsinho, Burke, Wooten
It’s pretty simple: A Revs win can deny Philly the Shield should Toronto win over or draw against the Red Bulls. A draw in Chester means Toronto would have to win. Should Philly win, it would be the first time ever the Union have claimed the Shield.
The Revs cannot move out of sixth with a positive result today. A Revs loss and a Red Bulls win can shift New England to seventh and the play-in round.
Will he or won’t he? Diego Fagundez is sitting on 261 appearances, tied for first all-time with Shalrie Joseph. He has only missed four games in 2020.
Matt Polster is on YELLOW CARD WATCH. He will face a fine should he receive a yellow card today.
Only Andre Blake and Matt Real are listed as OUT for Philly. Jim Curtin wasn’t telling the media who would be in goal in his media avail late this week.
No new injuries for the Revs.
Teal Bunbury can secure the club Golden Boot with a goal, or if Adam Buksa doesn’t score at least two goals. Should Bunbury score, he would surpass Steve Ralston for fourth all-time in Revolution scoring.