The Philadelphia Union looked to pull within 1 game of the second-place New England Revolution Saturday night. The Revs came into this matchup after suffering their first loss in 9 games last week to Inter Miami 2-1. Philadelphia, on the other hand, went into the game on their own 5-game unbeaten streak. Starting to find their form this season, the Union looked to make it 6 games in a row unbeaten. Philadelphia extends their unbeaten streak to 6 Saturday night with a 3-0 victory.
On the Defensive
Philadelphia went with 3 defensemen on the back line with Damion Lowe, Jake Elliott, and Jakob Glesnes all getting the start in front of goalkeeper Andre Blake to try and slow down the dangerous New England attack.
The first half saw both teams have great chances to get on the board. New England’s best chance came in the 18th minute. A cross pass in front of the net by Emmanuel Boateng found striker Bobby Wood for a shot from the center of the box that went just wide right. Philadelphia’s best opportunity of the first half came in minute 27. A ball in by Jose Martinez found Julian Carranza for a beautiful header that Revolution Goalkeeper Dorde Petrovic just saved. After good shots by both squads to try and take the lead. The contest went into the half all tied up at zero. The boys in blue got the better of NE in the 1st half with 8 shots 4 on goal to the Revs 2 shots 0 on goal.
Applying the Pressure
The Union’s pressure finally paid off in the 56th minute. A quick throw-in by Mikkel Uhre found Daniel Gazdag wide open at the top of the box who curled a shot off the left post and into the back of the net to give the boys in blue the 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, NE had a chance to tie it. A strike from inside the box was sent over the crossbar bar by Revolution Right Back Brandon Bye.
Another great opportunity for Philly came in the 74th minute. A PK was awarded to Mikkel Uhre after he was taken down inside the danger area by New England defender Andrew Farrell. Daniel Gazdag came up to the spot, and like every other PK he’s taken this year, he buried it past the Revolution Goalkeeper. This gave the Union a 2-0 lead with just 30 minutes left to play. Gazdag is now 13 for 13 on the year from the penalty spot.
The boys in blue continued to pour it on. Took a 3-goal lead after a pass from Chris Donovan found Julian Carranza, who punched it in to seal the deal for the Union. Philadelphia extends their 5-game unbeaten streak to 6 with a 3-0 Final Saturday night.
After the game, I asked Jim Curtin
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