The New England Revolution dropped 3-1 to Philadelphia Union on Saturday, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. for a crowd of 16,483. It was New England's first game upon returning from the three-week MLS World Cup break, but it was the team's third consecutive loss.
Philadelphia Union sported a brand new interim head coach Jim Curtain, replacing deposed former coach John Hackworth. With the win, Philadelphia (4-7-6, 18 pts.) stand seventh in the East and 14th overall and claimed the season series against the Revs for the fourth time in five seasons. With the loss, New England (7-6-2, 23 pts.) fell to third in the Eastern Conference and sixth across MLS.
Brad Knighton (1-1-0) made his second MLS start this season and Steve Neumann made his 10th straight substitute appearance. But the Revolution back line was stymied in the 42nd minute when Sebastien Le Toux intercepted a poor backpass from defender Jose Goncalves and popped it in the net.
"It was just a miscommunication," said Goncalves. "It’s difficult, in the last few games we concede some goals like this, a misunderstanding or communication and it’s something we have to better in, starting with myself.
On the backline we shall speak a little bit more, maybe louder, but it’s something that happens very fast in the game. We’re a little bit late to react, the ball was right into his feet, Brad (Knighton) had nothing to do with this goal. It’s my mistake and I take the responsibility."
Danny Cruz blasted in the Union's second tally in the 69th minute to make it 2-0, assisted by Michael Lahoud. Saer Sene scored his first goal of the season right after subbing on in the 70th minute and finished with a tap-in, assisted by Kelyn Rowe and Andy Dorman. Sene now has 17 career goals and Rowe’s assist on Saer Sene’s goal was his first of this season. Le Toux scored his second goal, assisted by Andrew Wenger in the 78th minute for the final score of 3-1.
With his yellow card in the 85th minute, Andy Dorman’s will now miss the July 4 match at Real Salt Lake because of caution accumulation
The Revolution will next travel to face Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, on Friday, July 4. Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet New England.
PHI – Sebastian Le Toux (unassisted) 42
PHI – Danny Cruz (Michael Lahoud) 70
NE – Saer Sene (Kelyn Rowe, Andy Dorman) 73
PHI – Sebastian Le Toux (Andrew Wenger) 78
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Saer Sene 70), Andy Dorman (Steve Neumann 80), Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 58), Patrick Mullins
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Scott Caldwell
STATS: Shots 20, Shots on target 8, Saves 2, Corner kicks 9,Offsides 2, Fouls 10, Possession 57.0%, Passes 476 (79.4%)
Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, Fabinho, Maurice Edu ©, Michael Lahoud, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz (Aaron Wheeler 79), Sebastien Le Toux (Brian Carroll 84), Conor Casey (Andrew Wenger 70)
Substitutes Not Used: Andre Blake, Leonardo Fernandes, Pedro Ribeiro, Fred
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on target 5, Saves 7, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 3, Fouls 12, Possession 43.0%, Passes 364 (72.5%)
NE – Saer Sene (caution) 74
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 85
NE – Jose Goncalves (caution) 90+1
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski (AR1), Claudio Badea (AR2)
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez