In 93-degree temperature and wild storms on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Union eliminated the New England Revolution from the U.S. Open Cup in the quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., for a small crowd of 2,626. This was the seventh time in club history the Revolution advanced to the quarterfinal round, and the second season in a row.
The Union will now travel to either North Carolina or Dallas for semifinal play on Aug. 12 versus the winner of FC Dallas and the Carolina RailHawks today.
Conor Casey, assisted by Sheanon Williams, scored the game winner in the ninth minute after breaking down the defense in front of goalkeeper Brad Knighton. New England head coach Jay Heaps made two halftime substitutions, bringing in A.J. Soares for Stephen McCarthy and Diego Fagundez for Saer Sene. But Philadelphia doubled the lead to 2-0 one minute later when Sebastien Le Toux’s shot slipped past Knighton. Le Toux now has seven goals and three assists over the last seven matches in all competitions.
"It’s a great achievement, but we have more games to play, so it’s good for the team," said Le Toux. "I'm more happy that all the guys stayed concentrated and we did a good job defensively tonight."
Referee Fotis Bazakos then called for a one hour and four minute delay for a dust storm and thunderstorm and the teams resumed play at 9:30 p.m. in the 62nd minute. After play resumed, Kelyn Rowe was subbed in for Andy Dorman, but the Revolution was unable come back from behind.
In stoppage time, Soares drew his second yellow card and was ejected from the game. He will now miss the Revolution’s first Open Cup match in 2015. The Revolution is now 15-12-4 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play.
PHI – Conor Casey (Sheanon Williams) 9
PHI – Sebastien Le Toux (unassisted) 47
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy (A.J. Soares 46), Darrius Barnes, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman (Kelyn Rowe 62), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury, Saer Sene (Diego Fagundez 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Larry Jackson, Charlie Davies, Jerry Bengtson, Donnie Smith
STATS: Shots 4, Shots on target 1, Saves 2, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 0, Fouls 9
Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Fabinho, Sheanon Williams, Maurice Edu, Raymon Gaddis, Brian Carroll ©, Amobi Okugo, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz (Andrew Wenger 82), Cristian Maidana (Fred 88), Conor Casey (Aaron Wheeler 62)
Substitutes Not Used: Andre Blake, Ethan White, Leo Fernandes, Antoine Hoppenot
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 4, Saves 1, Corner kicks 9, Offsides 5, Fouls 11
NE – Stephen McCarthy (caution) 16
NE – A.J. Soares (caution) 46
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 57
NE – Jose Goncalves (caution) 71
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 74
PHI – Sheanon Williams (caution) 75
PHI – Aaron Wheeler (caution) 76
NE – A.J. Soares (second caution/ejection) 91+
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski (AR1), Craig Lowry (AR2)
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga