Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo each added goals and the Union scored an own goal to add to New England's big win.
Playoff hopes renewed
With the win, New England (10-9-6, 36 pts.) climbed into the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot and renewed the team's playoff dreams. Although Houston Dynamo tie New England on points, the Revolution lead in goal differential. Philadelphia (10-8-8, 38 pts) hold the fourth playoff spot in the East.
Rowe started the scoring for the Revolution in the 26th minute, curling a 24-yard shot past Union keeper Zac MacMath. Combined with his second, Rowe now has five goals on the season and eight career strikes.
"We’ve created a good bond between myself, Lee Nguyen and Scott Caldwell, who is that defensive guy and kind of generates for us," said Rowe. "The forwards up top have made the runs to open up space for Lee and I to do what we do best, and that’s getting behind defenses and playing balls in if we need to."
The Revs took the 1-0 lead into the half, but Philadelphia equalized early in the second half when Danny Cruz beat Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis in the 59th minute. That threatening goal sparked the trio of Fagundez, Agudelo and Rowe, who played the prettiest soccer New England has produced in a long time. The three young forwards left the Union's defense in shambles as they scored the next four goals in 15 minutes.
Agudelo first forced Amobi Okugo to score his own goal in the 58th minute, when he deflected Agudelo's far-post shot inside the near post. Rowe then scored the second of his two goals from 30 yards out, a real Goal of the Week candidate, in the 65th minute. Fagundez struck in the 71st minute after converting a breakaway set up by Scott Caldwell. It was Fagundez's team-leading eighth goal and his fifth overall assist.
Agudelo capped the scoring in the 73rd minute by beating Union keeper MacMath from the edge of the six-yard box. It was Agudelo's seventh goal of the season, his fifth as a Rev, and he has scored in the last three games in which he featured. Agudelo is headed to Stoke City at the end of the MLS season.
Chad Barrett, Scott Caldwell and Fagundez all recorded assists on the night and Dimitry Imbongo added two.
In the first minute of stoppage time, Amobi Okugo was ejected with his second yellow card of the evening.
Reis recorded his third win in four outings (3-0-1) this season and along with captain and defender Jose Goncalves, provided the veteran leadership to support the young trio of forwards.
The Revolution returns to action later this week when it travels to Toronto FC for a match on Friday, Aug. 30, at BMO Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on TV by Comcast SportsNet.
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Chad Barrett) 26
PHI – Danny Cruz (Conor Casey) 50
NE – Amobi Okugo (Own Goal) 58
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Dimitry Imbongo) 65
NE – Diego Fagundez (Scott Caldwell) 71
NE – Juan Agudelo (Dimitry Imbongo, Diego Fagundez) 73
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Chad Barrett (Dimitry Imbongo 56), Lee Nguyen (Andy Dorman 73), Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo (Charlie Davies 80)
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston, Ryan Guy
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 2, Fouls 10, Offsides 2, Passes 402 (78.6%), Possession 53.9%
Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Fabinho, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Jeff Parke, Danny Cruz (Jack McInerney 76), Keon Daniel (Michael Lahoud 27), Michael Farfan (Antoine Hoppenot 80), Brian Carroll ©, Conor Casey, Sebastien Le Toux
Substitutes Not Used: Kleberson, Matt Kassell, Aaron Wheeler, Michael Lahoud, Oka Nikolov
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 7, Saves 1, Fouls 19, Offsides 2, Passes 333 (78.4%), Possession (46.1)
PHI – Michael Lahoud (caution) 37
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 75
PHI – Sheanon Williams (caution) 78
PHI – Conor Casey (caution) 81
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 91+
PHI – Amobi Okugo (ejection/second caution) 91+
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry (AR1), Mark Cahen (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel