Revs fall to 0-2 with 1-0 loss in Philly

March, 15, 2014
Mar 15
6:23
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Sebastien Le Toux's 31st-minute goal kept the New England Revolution winless on the season as the Philadelphia Union claimed a 1-0 win at PPL Park on Saturday.

Le Toux scored when he tapped through a Leo Fernandes pass in front of frame just after the half-hour mark, while Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath picked up his first clean sheet of the 2014 season.

With the loss, the Revolution dropped their second straight game, marking the first time they've gone winless in their first two since 2012. The Union clinched their first win of the season after drawing 1-1 at Portland last week.

What it means: There was nowhere to go but up for the Revolution after they dropped a disheartening 4-0 loss to the Dynamo the previous week. With a revamped lineup -- one that, curiously, did not include club captain Jose Goncalves -- New England was sharper out of the gate, but it wasn't long before the Union's revamped midfield took control of the game. The hosts laid siege on the Revolution end early, and Bobby Shuttleworth was forced to make a pair of saves midway through the first half. But after sustained pressure, the Union broke through on an easy goal in front of frame for Le Toux. Play turned chippy in the second half, but the Revolution's continued inability to convert their chances -- which weren't plentiful by any means (three shots on target) -- doomed them once again this week.

Stat of the match: With the loss, the Revolution remain winless in their six contests at Philadelphia (0-4-2) going back to the Union's first season in MLS (2010).

Goncalves misses first MLS game: Jose Goncalves, who'd played every minute of every MLS game he played since signing with the Revolution in January 2013, was not among the game-day 18 for Saturday's contest. The club captain was absent from training Wednesday, but was not listed on the team's March 11 injury report. Left back Chris Tierney, the team's most tenured player, wore the captain's armband in Goncalves' place.

Lineup changes aplenty for Revs: Including Goncalves' absence, Revolution coach Jay Heaps made five changes to his lineup from the one he used in Houston last week. Midfielder Lee Nguyen and defender Andrew Farrell, who both missed last week's match due to injuries, returned to the lineup, with Farrell taking over at center back in place of Goncalves for the first time in his career. Donnie Smith earned his second career start on the left side of the midfield, while Andy Dorman slotted in the central midfield. Darrius Barnes started at right back for Kevin Alston, who was listed on the March 11 injury report with a hamstring injury.

Tough to bounce back from 4-0 loss: A result wasn't in the cards for the Revolution Saturday a week after they lost 4-0 in Houston. The last time the Revolution lost by a four-goal margin prior to their 4-0 loss at Houston in the season opener was a 4-0 loss to Chivas USA at home on May 5, 2010. They followed it up with a 3-2 loss at Columbus on May 8, 2010.

Next up: The Revolution will kick off the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, March 22, when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. ET. The last time they met, the Revolution suffered a 4-3 loss at Vancouver on June 15, 2013.

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