Revolution Spit Out Union In Away Win
On Saturday, the New England Revolution beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 for the Revs’ second win of the season at PPL Park.
The first half was a difficult test for New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth was forced to make two excellent saves as Philadelphia’s attack proved its potency, but the keeper proved that he’s worth the contract extension that he signed this week. While the first half was a test, the Revs seemed to be on the front foot for the rest of the match.
In the 51st minute, Diego Fagundez scored his way into the record books as his goal made him the youngest player in MLS history to reach 25 goals. It was a beauty. From a throw-in near half-field, Charlie Davies sent a flick into the middle of the field. Fagundez found the pass and tore through the center of the pitch, eventually firing an untouchable shot to the bottom corner from the top of the box. His goal sent the Revs ahead.
New England sat back and made sure to maintain their lead for the rest of the game, and they almost extended it on an attempt by Lee Nguyen that was deflected by Union goalkeeper Andre Blake.
Once stoppage time came, Philadelphia’s Christian Maidana showed a despicable display of lack of sportsmanship as he spat on a grounded Lee Nguyen. Luckily, referee Chris Penso showed him a straight red card. Maidana may even receive a suspension longer than the standard one game for a red card.
The Revs return to action next Saturday in an important Eastern Conference showdown with newcomers Orlando City SC.