Substitutes Inspire as Revs Beat Union
New England Revolution manager Jay Heaps put out a new-look starting eleven today against the Philadelphia Union, but his substitutes were the players to really shine as the Revs beat the Union 2-1.
Jermaine Jones filled in for Jose Gonçalves at center back, which is the position that he has been playing for the United States national team recently but had yet to play for the Revolution. Chris Tierney wasn’t fully fit, so Kevin Alston moved to the left while London Woodberry replaced him at right back. Charlie Davies got the start up top, flanked by Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe on the wings.
This new Revs team started poorly as New England didn’t put a shot on goal for the entire first half. Philadelphia took advantage as midfielder Cristian Maidana scored a gorgeous free kick from long range following a Jermaine Jones foul above the top of the box. Jay Heaps knew that he had to make some changes as New England began the second half down 1-0.
Teal Bunbury, Diego Fagundez, and Chris Tierney all took the field in the middle of the second half, and momentum immediately changed. Almost as soon as Bunbury was substituted on, he breathed life into the team with beautiful cross (following a swift nutmeg) to Davies on the back post as Davies buried it to make the score 1-1.
The super-subs struck again in the 76th minute as Diego Fagundez made a great run up the wing and capped it off with a perfect through ball to Bunbury who easily put it past Union keeper John McCarthy.
Philadelphia would not go down easily, though, as the last fifteen minutes of the match was characterized by the Union pressing and New England clearing the ball off the line. Keeper Bobby Shuttleworth and London Woodberry both came up big during this segment. Woodberry looked particularly good, especially as a young player making his debut for the Revs. Due to their efforts, the match ended 2-1 in Philadelphia.New England is now unbeaten in five straight matches, and they look to bring their momentum home against Real Salt Lake next Saturday at Gillette Stadium.