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Saturday, March 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Union 1, Revolution 0

By Brian O'Connell

The New England Revolution's winless ways against the Philadelphia Union continued in Saturday's 1-0 loss at PPL Park.

New England, which entered the match 0-4-3 all-time against Philadelphia, conceded a Jack McInerney goal in the 76th minute. It was McInerney's third goal in his last four games against the Revolution.

With the loss, the Revolution's record drops to 1-1-0 (3 points), while the Union grabbed their second straight win (2-1-0, 6 points) in the process.

What it means: The Revolution rode into Philadelphia confident following last week's victory in Chicago. But it didn't take long for the Revs to realize that Saturday's match was another animal entirely. The Revs struggled to find their attacking tempo, and couldn't capitalize on the few chances afforded to them. Juan Toja pushed a shot wide in the 78th minute, and Jerry Bengtson's 35th-minute effort was stopped by Zac MacMath. The defense remained relatively strong, but McInerney proved once again that all it takes is a missed assignment on a corner kick -- a recurring issue for the Revs last season -- for a team to find itself in a hole.

Stat of the game: The Union found plenty of space to operate, and collected 21 open crosses to the Revolution's eight. Philadelphia sent numbers forward, especially after the hour, while New England struggled to string together passes and looked out of sync until the waning moments.

Rowe gets start: Last week, Kelyn Rowe come on as a second-half substitute and went on to assist on Bengtson's game-winner. This week, with his left knee fully healed, the sophomore midfielder got the nod on the right.

Shutout streak snapped: New England's lengthy shutout streak that dated back to last October was snapped at 361 minutes. Incidentally, the streak commenced in the wake of a 73rd-minute McInerney goal in a 1-0 Revolution loss on Oct. 6.

Dorman returns to the fold: Coming on for Clyde Simms at the interval, Andy Dorman made his first appearance for the Revolution since the 2007 MLS Cup final. The Revolution selected Dorman in the sixth round (58th overall) of the 2004 SuperDraft, and he went on to play 112 games for New England before embarking on a five-year European stint with St. Mirren's, Crystal Palace and Bristol Rovers. He re-signed with the Revolution last November.

Caldwell makes his debut: With veteran central midfielder Kalifa Cisse unavailable due to right groin tightness, Homegrown Player Scott Caldwell was paired with Clyde Simms in the middle of the park. Caldwell, who went the full 90, is the second-ever Revolution Homegrown Player to see first-team action nearly two years after Diego Fagundez made his debut in August 2011.

Reis out: A week after guiding the Revolution to a 1-0 shutout win in Chicago, goalkeeper Matt Reis was kept out of the starting lineup due to left knee irritation. Fifth-year backup Bobby Shuttleworth got the start in his place. He made three saves and drew an 84th-minute yellow card for dissent.

Next up: The Revolution head back to Gillette Stadium next week for their home opener against ex-Rev Benny Feilhaber and Sporting Kansas City. The game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet New England.