FINAL: Union 3, Revs 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution returned to league play tonight after a three-week, league-wide World Cup break, but suffered a 3-1 loss at home to the Philadelphia Union.

Saer Sene scored his first goal of the season minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, but the Union’s Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals and Danny Cruz added another as the Union picked up the win.

The Revs have now lost three straight league contests after winning five straight and going unbeaten in seven.

Brad Knighton got the start in goal for New England (7-6-2, 23 pts.), while Philadelphia (4-7-6, 18 pts.) claimed the season series against the Revs for the fourth time in five seasons.

Key Plays

10’ – NE’s Patrick Mullins sees his close range shot saved by Zac MacMath, and the rebound is just out of the reach of two different players before Philadelphia clears it | WATCH THE PLAY
20’ – NE’s Diego Fagundez picks up a through ball from Lee Nguyen on the run, but his chip on Zac MacMath wasn’t high enough and MacMath makes the save | WATCH THE PLAY
26’ – PHI’s Maurice Edu’s volley off Sheanon William’s flicked header is just high of goal after a Union free kick | WATCH THE PLAY
27’ – PHI’s Sebastien Le Toux’s shot through traffic back across the face of goal kisses the far post and skims out of bounds | WATCH THE PLAY
39’ – PHI’s Omobi Okugo’s shot from the edge of the area finds its way through traffic, but Brad Knighton makes the low save to his right | WATCH THE PLAY
42’ – PHI GOAL: Sebastien Le Toux intercepts a short looping backpass from Jose Goncalves meant for Brad Knighton, and pokes it in past Knighton for the goal | WATCH THE GOAL

HALFTIME SCORE: Philadelphia Union 1, New England Revolution 0

52’ – NE’s Teal Bunbury couldn’t get his re-direction on frame off Andrew Farrell’s curling cross from the right sideline | WATCH THE PLAY
69’ – PHI GOAL: Danny Cruz picks up a pass from Michael Lahoud and works down the center channel into the Revs’ defense, before launching a rocket across the face of goal from 24 yards out | WATCH THE GOAL
71’ – NE’s Chris Tierney’s right-footed cross has eyes through traffic for the back post, but is just out of the reach of Saer Sene who couldn’t get a high foot on it
73’ – NE GOAL: Saer Sene scores his first league goal of the year with a close-range tap-in off a Kelyn Rowe square pass after Andy Dorman played Rowe in with a deep through ball | WATCH THE GOAL
75’ – NE’s A.J. Soares has his close-range shot saved by Zac MacMath after Kelyn Rowe’s corner kick was not cleared by the Philly defense | WATCH THE PLAY
78’ – PHI GOAL: Sebastien Le Toux finds space through the defender’s leg, past Brad Knighton, with a low shot off a pass from Andrew Wenger | WATCH THE GOAL
85’ – YELLOW CARD: Andy Dorman shown a yellow card after clipping Cristian Maidana’s foot on the run | WATCH THE PLAY
86’ – NE’s Brad Knighton makes the leaping save on Cristian Maidana’s free kick after the yellow card

FINAL SCORE: Philadelphia Union 3, New England Revolution 1 

Santander Man of the Match

  • D Chris Tierney – Had three shots and was dangerous creating plays down the left wing all night

Next Games

The Revolution will next travel to face Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, on Friday, July 4. Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 10 p.m. ET

  • Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV: Comcast SportsNet New England
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Additional Game Notes

  • Tonight’s loss dips the Revolution’s overall record to 7-6-2 on the season … the Revs will finish the weekend in third place in the Eastern Conference
  • Tonight’s loss is the Revolution’s third straight defeat … the team has now lost at Montreal (May 31), vs. New York (June 8) and tonight … this is the team’s longest losing streak this season and its longest since the team lost five in a row from July 29 – Aug. 25, 2012 … the Revs have not won in MLS regular season play since May 24 against D.C. United
  • Tonight’s loss is the Revolution’s second home loss this season … the team is now 4-2-1 at Gillette Stadium, but has not won at home since May 24.
  • This was the first loss of the season where the Revolution scored a goal … in the team’s previous five losses, the Revs were shut out in defeat
  • The loss moves the Revolution’s all-time record against Philadelphia to 3-7-3 … at Gillette Stadium, the Revs are now 2-3-1 against the Union
  • Brad Knighton made his second MLS  start this season … Knighton made two saves … his record is now 1-1-0 this season … both of his starts have come against the Union
  • Saer Sene’s goal in the 73rd minute was his first goal of the 2014 season … it was his first goal since Sept. 28, 2013 against the Houston Dynamo … Sene now has 17 career goals
  • Saer Sene’s appearance was his ninth of the season and his fourth substitute appearance
  • Kelyn Rowe’s assist on Saer Sene’s goal was his first point this season … his last assist came on Oct. 19, 2013 against the Columbus Crew
  • Andy Dorman’s assist on Saer Sene’s goal was his first point of the season and his first assist since October 19, 2013 against the Columbus Crew
  • With his yellow card in the 85th minute, Andy Dorman’s will now miss the July 4 match at Real Salt Lake because of caution accumulation 
  • Steve Neumann made his 10th straight substitute appearance … he has the most substitute appearances on the team so far this season
  • Jerry Bengtson (HON) was unavailable for duty because he has not yet returned from the 2014 World Cup


New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
June 28, 2014 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Philadelphia Union 3, New England Revolution 1

Scoring Summary:
PHI – Sebastian Le Toux (unassisted) 42
PHI – Danny Cruz (Michael Lahoud) 70
NE – Saer Sene (Kelyn Rowe, Andy Dorman) 73
PHI – Sebastian Le Toux (Andrew Wenger) 78

New England Revolution: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Saer Sene 70), Andy Dorman (Steve Neumann 80), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 58), Patrick Mullins

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Scott Caldwell

STATS: Shots 20, Shots on target 8, Saves 2, Corner kicks 9,Offsides 2, Fouls 10, Possession 57.0%, Passes 476 (79.4%)

Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Fabinho, Maurice Edu ©, Michael Lahoud, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz (Aaron Wheeler 79), Sebastien Le Toux (Brian Carroll 84), Conor Casey (Andrew Wenger 70)

Substitutes Not Used: Andre Blake, Leonardo Fernandes, Pedro Ribeiro, Fred

STATS: Shots 12, Shots on target 5, Saves 7, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 3, Fouls 12, Possession 43.0%, Passes 364 (72.5%)

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Saer Sene (caution) 74
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 85
NE – Jose Goncalves (caution) 90+1

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski (AR1), Claudio Badea (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez

Weather: Sunny, 82 degrees
Attendance: 16,483

Team Records
Philadelphia Union: 4-7-6, 18 pts.
New England Revolution: 7-6-2, 23 pts.