Rapid Reaction: Union 2, Revolution 1
July, 29, 2012
By Brian O'Connell | ESPNBoston.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Striker Jack McInerney grabbed the game-winner in the 90th minute to give the Philadelphia Union a 2-1 comeback victory over the Revolution on Sunday at PPL Park.
McInerney’s late goal, along with Freddy Adu’s 59th-minute penalty strike, helped the Union overcome a 12th-minute strike from Revolution striker Saer Sene and extended the Revolution’s winless streak to four.
With the loss, the Revolution fall into eighth spot in the standings with a record of 6-10-5 (23 points), while the Union’s win allows them to leapfrog the Revolution for the seventh spot at 7-10-2 (23 points), with the head-to-head mark giving them the edge.
Revolution can’t hold onto halftime lead: For the first time this season, the Revolution failed to convert a halftime lead into three points. Prior to Sunday’s contest, they won each of their five games when leading at the interval.
Penalties plague Revolution: For the second time in their last three games, the Revolution fell victim to a penalty call with Adu’s 59th-minute strike. On July 18 at Montreal, Patrice Bernier buried a 28th-minute penalty against the Revolution.
Imbongo makes debut: Forward Dimitry Imbongo, who was signed by the Revolution on July 16, made his Revolution debut when he came on for Kelyn Rowe in the 69th minute.
Open goal on road rarity for Revolution: Sene’s 12th-minute goal marked only the third time this season that the Revolution have scored the first goal of the game on the road. The only other occasions it happened were March 30 at Los Angeles and May 5 at Real Salt Lake.
Sene snaps scoreless streak: After he was dropped from the starting lineup in Kansas City on July 21, Sene -- the team’s leading goal scorer -- returned to the lineup and snapped his four-game goal drought in the process with his 12th-minute strike. His last goal came in the Revolution’s 2-0 win against Seattle on June 30. Sene’s ninth goal of the season also marked the most scored by a Revolution player since Taylor Twellman scored 16 in 2007.
Feilhaber gets nod: Although he was listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain on the Revolution’s July 27 injury report, midfielder Benny Feilhaber made the starting lineup on Sunday. During the week, coach Jay Heaps mentioned that Feilhaber had picked up the injury during the second half of the July 21 match against Sporting K.C.
Simms back in action: Starting central defender Clyde Simms was back in the starting XI after missing the July 21 match at Kansas City due to a calf injury.
Shalrie on the bench: For the third time in the last four games, Revolution skipper Shalrie Joseph began the game on the bench. He came on for Simms in the 60th minute.
Next up: With the book closed on their three-game road trip, the Revolution return home on Saturday for a conference clash against Sporting K.C. at Gillette Stadium. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will follow an exhibition match between Serie A powerhouse AC Milan and Honduran squad Olimpia at 4:30 p.m.