Final: New England Revolution 5, Philadelphia Union 3

Revs extend unbeaten run to six games with four straight wins for first time since 2005

PHILADELPHIA – Behind a 5-3 win over the host Philadelphia Union, the New England Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1), including four straight wins. The team’s current four-game winning streak is its first since 2005.

Five different New England (6-3-2, 20 pts.) players scored goals, while three players – Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney – each scored one goal and added one assist. A.J. Soares and Patrick Mullins also added single goals.

The win was the Revolution’s first-ever at PPL Park, and the victory launched the team into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. The Revolution built a 5-1 lead before Philadelphia (2-6-5, 11 pts.) added two late goals.

Key Plays

2’ – NE’s Lee Nguyen gets the ball near the top of the penalty area and turns into clear space, but sends his angled shot high 
4’ – PHI’s Andrew Wenger gets on the end of Sheanon Williams’ cross, but his glancing header is saved by the diving Brad Knighton with one hand at the post
13’ – NE GOAL: A.J. Soares connects for a headed goal off Chris Tierney’s free kick just outside the box on the near side. 
15’ – NE’s Brad Knighton makes a point blank save off of the foot of Leo Fernandes 10 yards out 
17’ – NE’s Teal Bunbury had his headed attempt off a Lee Nguyen corner kick saved off the line by Leo Fernandes
26’ – NE GOAL: Diego Fagundez finds the lower corner inside the far post from 10 yards out – his 20th career goal – off a square pass from Teal Bunbury
29’ – Off a Union corner kick, NE’s Brad Knighton makes a diving save to his left on Danny Cruz’s rocket from outside the penalty area 
35’ – NE’s Lee Nguyen launches a shot from 19 yards out, but he curled it narrowly wide left of the goal 
36’ – PHI GOAL: Vincent Nogueira scores on an angle from 20 yards out after Danny Cruz finds him after a long throw-in was partially cleared

HALFTIME: New England Revolution 2, Philadelphia Union 1

48’ – NE’s Diego Fagundez sees his shot saved by Zac MacMath after Daigo Kobayashi plays him in behind the Union defense 
49’ – NE’s Patrick Mullins and Diego Fagundez have back-to-back efforts thwarted by the Union defense and goalkeeper Zac MacMath
49’ – NE GOAL: Lee Nguyen scores his team-leading fifth goal of the season after picking up a pass from Daigo Kobayashi and threading across the Union defense 
67’ – NE GOAL: Patrick Mullins scores in his third straight game as he and Diego Fagundez interchange at the top of the area
70’ – NE’s Brad Knighton makes a diving, one-handed save to his right to prevent a long-range goal from Raymon Gaddis
76’ – PHI GOAL: Sheanon Williams scored after Austin Berry headed down Sebastien LeToux’s free kick service to record the Union’s second goal 
78’ – YELLOW CARD: PHI’s Amobi Okugo shown a yellow card
82’ – RED CARD EJECTION: PHI’s Cristian Maidana shown a straight red card for a tackle on Steve Neumann in the attacking zone 
88’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Lee Nguyen shown a yellow card
92+’ – PHI GOAL: Sebastien Le Toux converts a penalty kick against Brad Knighton after Andrew Farrell fouled Antoine Hoppenot in the penalty area

FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 5, Philadelphia Union 3

Santander Man of the Match

·         A.J. Soares – Scored his first goal of the season and played hard defense as the Revolution earned their first-ever win at PPL Park

Additional Game Notes

  • Today’s win extended the Revolution’s unbeaten streak to six matches (5-0-1), dating back to April 12
  • The Revolution has won its last four matches … this is the team’s first four-game regular-season winning streak since the team won six straight April 9 – May 14, 2005
  • The win moved the Revolution into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference
  • With the win, the Revolution moved to 3-6-3 all-time against Philadelphia
  • The Revolution has now won three of the teams’ last four meetings
  • Brad Knighton made his first start of the season today after Bobby Shuttleworth suffered a concussion in training on Thursday
  • Today was Brad Knighton’s first MLS start since July 27, 2013 – a 1-0 loss against Philadelphia in VancouverThis was Brad Knighton’s first start for the Revolution since Sept. 5, 2009 – a 4-2 loss at home to Kansas City
  • Today was Brad Knighton’s first MLS win since July 14, 2013 … he is now 14-11-9 in his MLS career
  • A.J. Soares’ 13th-minute goal was his first goal of the 2104 season
  • A.J. Soares’ goal was the fifth goal of his career
  • All five of A.J. Soares’ goals have been headed goals off set pieces … today’s goal was the fourth time he headed in Chris Tierney’s service (three free kicks, one corner kick) … his other goal came from a Kelyn Rowe free kick
  • With his goal today, A.J. Soares has now scored two goals against Philadelphia
  • Chris Tierney’s assist was his second of the season and the 23rd of his career … he now ranks eighth on the Revolution’s career assist chart and is three assists shy of Jay Heaps’ seventh-place mark of 26 career assists
  • Tonight’s assist on A.J. Soares’ goal marked the fourth time in his career Tierney served a ball that Soares headed in … this was the third free kick and the two also previously connected on a corner kick
  • His assist tonight against Philadelphia was Chris Tierney’s third career assist against the Union … he is the Revolution’s career assist leader against Philly
  • Chris Tierney’s second-half goal – direct off a free kick – was his first goal of the season … he now has seven career goals
  • Chris Tierney’s goal in the second half was his third career free kick goal and his first since July 4, 2011 when he connected on a free kick for a goal at Real Salt Lake in a 3-3 draw
  • Diego Fagundez scored his third goal of the season with his 26th-minute goal
  • Diego Fagundez’s 26th-minute goal was the 20th goal of his career, coming in his 68th career match
  • Tonight’s goal against Philadelphia was Fagundez’s team-leading third career goal against the Union, which have come in six games
  • Teal Bunbury recorded his third assist of the season on Diego Fagundez’s 26th-minute goal
  • Teal Bunbury now has 10 career assists … his three assists so far this season match his previous single-season best of three, which he recorded in 2011 in 29 matches
  • Lee Nguyen recorded his first assist of the season on Diego Fagundez’s 26th-minute goal … he now has 10 career assists in MLS
  • Tonight’s assist on Diego Fagundez’s goal was Lee Nguyen’s first assist since Oct. 27, 2013, when he played a one-two with Juan Agudelo to score the game’s only goal at Columbus and send the Revolution into the MLS Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 win
  • Lee Nguyen also scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season as the second half opened  … it was his second goal from the run of play this year … his other three goals were from the penalty spot
  • Lee Nguyen’s goal was his second career goal against Philadelphia
  • Daigo Kobayashi recorded his third assist of the season on Lee Nguyen’s second-half goal … it was his seventh assist in MLS after recording four last year in Vancouver
  • Patrick Mullins scored his third goal of the season – and his third goal in as many games – when he connected with Diego Fagundez in the second half
  • The Revolution’s 10 goals in its last two games is the best-ever two-game total in club history, beating the previous best eight goals in two games set on Sept. 11, 2004 (2-3 loss to New York) and Sept. 18, 2004 (6-1 win against Colorado)
  • Tonight marked the sixth time this season the Revolution scored two or more goals in a match
  • Tonight marked the fourth-straight match – and fifth in last six games – the Revolution has scored at least two goals
  • A.J. Soares’ goal off Chris Tierney’s free kick in the 13th minute was the Revolution’s first goal off  of a free kick – either direct or indirect – this season
  • A.J. Soares’ goal, scored in the 13th minute, was the Revolution’s fastest goal this season … it bested the team’s previous fastest goal, which was scored by Patrick Mullins in the 14th minute against Seattle on May 11 in the Revs’ last match
  •  A.J. Soares’ goal was the Revolution’s first  goal scored at PPL Park since July 29, 2012 – a 2-1 loss – snapping a 360-minute scoreless streak in Chester … Saer Sene was the last Revs player to score a goal at PPL Park when he scored in the 12th minute on July 29, 2012
  • The Revolution is now a perfect 5-0-0 when scoring the game’s first goal and its 1.000 winning percentage leads MLS
  • The Revolution’s 10 combined goals in the last two games marks the third time in MLS history that a team scored five goals in back-to-back games (LA Galaxy in 1998, Miami Fusion in 2001)
  • When he came on as a second-half sub, Steve Neumann played his first-ever pro minutes in his hometown … he grew up in New Hope, Pa., and was also drafted fourth overall this January in Philadelphia
  • The following players were unavailable because of injury: Bobby Shuttleworth (concussion), Shalrie Joseph (calf), Kevin Alston (hamstring) and Jose Goncalves (quadriceps)

Next Match

The Revolution will next host D.C. United on Saturday, May 24, at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

  • TV: Comcast SportsNet
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Tickets: Start at $25 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets and the Revolution Box Office at (877) GET-REVS (438-7387)
  • Former Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms will be recognized as the match’s honorary captain – and the National Kidney Foundation will be on site – as Simms continues his awareness campaign for kidney donation and his need for a kidney transplant

Box Score

New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union
May 17, 2014 – PPL Park (Chester, Pa.)

New England Revolution 5, Philadelphia Union 3

Scoring Summary:
NE – A.J. Soares (Chris Tierney) 13
NE – Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen) 26
PHI – Vincent Nogueira (Danny Cruz) 36
NE – Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi) 49
NE – Chris Tierney (unassisted) 57
NE – Patrick Mullins (Diego Fagundez) 67
PHI – Sheanon Williams (Austin Berry, Sebastien LeToux) 76
PHI – Sebastien LeToux (penalty kick) 92+’

New England Revolution: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez (Kelyn Rowe 69), Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman © (Steve Neumann 75), Daigo Kobayashi (Scott Caldwell 60), Teal Bunbury, Patrick Mullins

Substitutes Not Used: Larry Jackson, Charlie Davies, Stephen McCarthy, O’Brian Woodbine

STATS: Shots 16, Shots on target 10, Saves 4, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 1, Fouls 10, Possession 44.7%, Passes 294 (71.4%)

Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Austin Berry, Aaron Wheeler (Antoine Hoppenot 52), Raymon Gaddis, Danny Cruz (Sebastien LeToux 61), Leo Fernandes (Zach Pfeffer 73), Amobi Okugo ©, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger

Substitutes Not Used: Andre Blake, Conor Casey, Fred, Ethan White

STATS: Shots 20, Shots on target 7, Saves 5, Corner kicks 9, Offsides 3, Fouls 12, Possession 55.3%, Passes 362 (76.0%)

Misconduct Summary:
PHI – Austin Berry (caution) 67
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 78
PHI – Cristian Maidana (ejection) 82
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 88

Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker (AR1), Craig Lowry (AR2)
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda

Weather: Clear and 68 degrees
Attendance: 18,812

Team Records
New England Revolution: 6-3-2, 20 pts.
Philadelphia Union: 2-6-5, 11 pts.