THE TEAMS: Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
THE SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
THE TIME: 7:30 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
THE SKINNY: It’s another one against Philadelphia, and the Revolution hope to break their lengthy skid against the Union — and draw closer to clinching a spot in the postseason tonight.
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4′ Jones gets a talking to after he runs into Wagner.
6′ Wagner with a deep volley, right to Turner.
7′ Good defending on Pryzbylko by Kessler and Büttner… and then Tajon with a takeaway.
9′ Aaronson with a shot, saved by Turner… Aaronson shook off Büttner, who appealed for offside.
11′ Corner to the Revs.
17′ Corner to the Revs as Bunbury’s shot is blocked. If he one-timed that….
19′ DeJuan with some power, right to Blake. Good football by the Revs there.
21′ Another corner to the Revs. Last 12 minutes has been all Revs.
22′ Büttner has a go and puts it into the Optum Lounge.
23′ Fontana gets a telling off for a foul on Büttner.
32′ Buksa is tripped up, no call.
33′ Big stop by Farrell after the Union took it away from Caldwell…. corner to the Union.
34′ GOAL PHILADELPHIA, and it’s an own goal by Andrew Farrell. Wagner with a left-footed cross and Farrell deflects it goalward, and Turner can’t handle it. 1-nil to DOOP.
38′ Pryzbylko with a shot into the Lighthouse Tunnel.
44′ Gaddis concedes a corner after Jones looks to find Nguyen.
45′ Kessler with a header toward Blake, easily handled… another corner to the Revs, one minute minimum added on.
45+1′ Bunbury with a drive into Pryzbylko, Jones with the follow-up into the Optum Lounge
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Tough to give up a goal like that, and the offense needs to be sharper. Playing sharp, but not sharp enough.
7 shots, 2 on-target
58.2 percent of the ball
81 percent passing accuracy
Second Half Underway
47′ Buksa with a shot at Blake. Save.
52′ Glancing header by Buksa, just wide.
57′ Nguyen with a shot, blocked…. Buchanan shot, blocked. Santos is booked.
59′ Polster in for Caldwell, Fagundez for McNamara. Appearance No. 259 for DF14.
60′ Ilsinho coming on for Santos.
65′ Blake robs Bunbury on the header. Nguyen had the volley. Corner.
66′ Bunbury’s header goes over the bar.
68′ Almost another OG, this time by Kessler on Gaddis. Turner taps it aside. Corner.
69′ GOAL PHILADELPHIA. It’s 2-nil to the Union with Fontana scoring . He shook Polster and lobs it in from the edge of the 6.
70′ Save Blake on Tajon.
73′ Buksa with a shot, wide.
77′ Fontana comes off, Wooten on. Burke on for Pryzbylko.
78′ Buchanan gets bulldogged at the top of the box, and there’s no call.
79′ Buchanan with the header, right on Blake.
81′ GOAL REVOLUTION, and Tajon Buchanan lets it rip! Credit Nguyen and Polster for creating the turnover, and Buchanan has a go from 19 yards and kisses it off the crossbar and in. 2-1.
83′ NO GOAL. Offside as Bunbury crossed in to Buchanan, who tapped home, but Buchanan is off. So close to being tied.
84′ Tajon is fouled hard, and there will be a free kick for the Revs in a dangerous area.
85′ BLAKE. He leaps and parries Nguyen’s try for the Upper 90.
86′ Teal is blocked. They are cueing up.
87′ Monteiro is booked.
88′ Monteiro trips up Büttner, and Charlie is clamoring for a second yellow.
89′ Real coming on for Wagner.
90′ Five minutes minimum added on.
90+2′ Polster is booked. Free kick to DOOP…. goes wide.
90+4′ Nice touches by Nguyen, but he pops it over the bar.
90+5′ Free kick to Philly, foul by Jones…. curled wide.
For the Revs:
Turner; Büttner, Kessler, Farrell, Jones; McNamara, S. Caldwell; Bunbury, Nguyen, Buchanan; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Mancienne, Delamea, Sinovic, Bye, Fagundez, Rowe, Manneh, Polster
For the Union:
Blake; Wagner, McKenzie, Glesnes, Gaddis; Elliot, Monteiro, Aaronson, Fontana; Santos, Pryzbylko
Bench: Bendik, Collin, Real, Mbaizo, Ilsinho, Turner, Wooten, Burke, Ngalina
Second place in the East Philadelphia has already clinched a spot in the postseason. The Revolution sit fifth and are four points behind fourth-place Orlando City, which clinched a playoff spot last night.
Philadelphia are expected to be without winger Alejandro Bedoya tonight, as he sits out with a yellow card accumulation suspension. Warren Creavalle is also listed as out.
No one on either side is in immediate YELLOW CARD WATCH. Matt Polster is two yellows away from a one-match suspension. So, too, are the Union’s Olivier Mbaizo, Jose Martinez, Jamiro Monteiro, Ray Gaddis, and Mark McKenzie.
Kacper Pryzbylko leads DOOP with seven goals and three assists. Anthony Fontana — who scored the match winner against the Revs the last time out — has five goals.
Diego Fagundez has scored four times against the Union in his career, with Lee Nguyen scoring three times. An appearance for DF14 tonight would move him up to 259 career appearances, and a start for Nguyen would be his 199th appearance with New England. Nguyen will hit 20,000 minutes played in MLS after 33 minutes tonight.
A start for Teal Bunbury would be his 199th in Major League Soccer. If he scores, it would be the third time in his MLS career that he has scored in three straight matches, and his next goal ties Joe-Max Moore for fifth in team history with 41. TB10 has not scored at home this season.
Tonight is the fourth time the Revs will have played Philly in this topsy turvy 2020 season — and there’s still one more match between them.
No new injuries for the Revs.
The last W against Philly? 2017. Eight straight against Philly without a win.
Henry Kessler will surpass 1,400 minutes after 27 minutes tonight.
Scott Caldwell is 141 minutes away from 15,000 career minutes.