CHESTER, Pa. – The New England Revolution lost to the Philadelphia Union 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium. A pair of first half goals from Union forward C.J. Sapong, as well as a red card for New England’s Je-Vaughn Watson, proved too much for the Revolution to overcome. Newly signed 2016 MLS SuperDraft third round selection, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, made his Revolution debut, replacing Teal Bunbury in the 75th minute. Revolution homegrown player Zach Herivaux also made his Revolution debut, replacing Scott Caldwell in the 86th minute.
Following no clear-cut opportunities for either side in the first 15 minutes of play, Philadelphia’s C.J. Sapong opened the scoring in the 18th minute to give the Union the first lead of the match. The Revs’ first chance came in the 22nd minute, when Lee Nguyen fired from outside the box on a shot that was stopped by Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake.
The Union doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, as Warren Creavalle found Sapong from the left-hand side of the 18-yard box, giving Sapong a first half brace. Nguyen came close to equalizing in the 35th minute, hitting both posts from a free kick, however the ball remained outside of the net.
The game took a turn in the 36th minute when New England right back Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off, receiving a straight red card for a foul on Philadelphia’s Roland Alberg. The Union were awarded a penalty in first half stoppage time as Andrew Farrell was whistled for making contact with Philadelphia’s Ilsinho in the box, but Bobby Shuttleworth saved the Brazilian’s penalty attempt.
Philadelphia looked to extend the lead in the 52nd minute, as Chris Pontius fired from inside the box directly at Shuttleworth, who was able to make the save. The Union were awarded a second penalty in the 78th minute, as Jose Goncalves fouled Sapong in the box, but Shuttleworth recorded his second penalty save, stopping Sebastien Le Toux’s attempt.
Juan Agudelo had the Revolution’s best opportunity of the second half in the 88th minute, shooting just outside the right post in the center of the box, but a diving Blake was able to stop the forward’s attempt on net. The Union scored their third goal in second half stoppage time as Leo Fernandes played a low cross, which was struck by Le Toux.
Full match highlights and statistics can be found here.
The Revolution will be back in action on Saturday, March 26 when they travel to face New York City FC. That game, which is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET, will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet while 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio in English and WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA will carry the game in Portuguese.
New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union
March 20, 2016 – Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
New England Revolution 0, Philadelphia Union 3
PHI – C.J. Sapong 1 18’
PHI – C.J. Sapong 2 33’
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux 1 90+3’
PHI – Fabinho (Yellow Card) 25’
NE – Je-Vaughn Watson (Red Card) 36’
NE – Chris Tierney (Yellow Card) 57’
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card) 58’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, Andrew Farrell, Je-Vaughn Watson; Scott Caldwell (Zach Herivaux 86’), Gershon Koffie; Diego Fagundez (Juan Agudelo 63’), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe; Teal Bunbury (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 75’)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, London Woodberry, Steve Neumann
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 2, Saves 5, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 1, Fouls 14, Possession 57.0%, Passes 523 (80.9%)
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, Keegan Rosenberry; Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle; Chris Pontius, Roland Alberg (Sebastien Le Toux 58’), Ilsinho (Leo Fernandes 78’); C.J. Sapong (Fabian Herbers 90’)
Substitutes Not Used: John McCarthy, Raymon Gaddis, Anderson Conceicão, Vincent Nogueira
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on target 8, Saves 2, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 1, Fouls 16, Possession 43.0%, Passes 398 (78.1%)
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd and Adan Wienckowski
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly
Weather: Cloudy and 41 degrees
New England Revolution: 0-1-2, 2 pts.
Philadelphia Union: 2-1-0, 6 pts.
Additional Game Notes
- With the loss, the Revolution are now 0-1-2 on the season. They are now in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
- Bobby Shuttleworth is the first Revolution goalkeeper in club history to save two penalties in an MLS regular season game. He is also just the fourth player to record the feat in League history, joining D.J. Countess, Tony Meola and David Ousted.
- Newly signed Revolution 2016 MLS SuperDraft third round selection Femi Hollinger-Janzen made his first appearance, replacing Teal Bunbury in the 64.
- Homegrown player and Revolution Academy alum Zach Herivaux also made his Revolution debut, replacing Scott Caldwell in the 86th minute.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made one change to the team that played D.C. United last weekend at Gillette Stadium. Kelyn Rowe returned to the starting lineup, while Charlie Davies was unavailable for selection.
- This was the first game that Charlie Davies did not start all season, he exited the match last weekend against D.C. United in the 34th minute and was subsequently listed as questionable for today’s match.
- Juan Agudelo is the only player to make an appearance in each match as a substitute this season.
- The Revolution played with ten men for 54 minutes following Je-Vaughn Watson’s sending off. The last time the Revolution had to play with ten men was July 11, 2015 against the New York Red Bulls where Jose Goncalves was sent off in the 87th minute.
- Prior to today, the Revolution’s most recent first half red card was given to Andrew Farrell in the 29th minute on June 27, 2015 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
- The Revolution conceded a pair of penalties on either side of halftime. Prior to today, New England’s last penalty kick against came on July 25, 2015 when Chicago’s Shaun Maloney scored on the Revs’ Brad Knighton.
- Bobby Shuttleworth stopped Ilsinho’s first half penalty attempt as well as Sebastien Letoux’s second half attempt. Shuttleworth was the last Revolution goalkeeper to save a penalty, as he stopped an attempt from New York’s Sal Zizzo on July 11, 2015.
- Bobby Shuttleworth recorded five saves, tying his season-high that he set in the season opener in Houston on March 6.
- The Revolution successfully completed 422 passes, which is the highest total of successful passes through the Revs’ first three matches. The Revs’ passing accuracy of 80.1% also ranks as best mark through three matches.
- Teal Bunbury made his 50th start for the Revolution in today’s match. Bunbury has recorded eight goals and 11 assists in 63 total appearances since joining the Revs prior to the 2014 MLS season.