The Revolution are now winless (0-5-3) in eight all-time meetings with the Union.
Jack McInerney scored the game winner in the 76th minute, two minutes after the Union's first shot on goal. McInerney has now scored four goals against New England in six appearances, including the last three game-winning goals in games played at PPL Park.
Bobby Shuttleworth started in goal instead of injured Matt Reis and Kelyn Rowe recovered from injury to start in midfield. New England's second-ever Homegrown Player Scott Caldwell made his professional debut in midfield and Andy Dorman also debuted as a substitute.
"It is obviously great getting a start, its great getting my first minutes, but obviously we lost and that’s not the result we look for," said Caldwell. "We need to put that in the past now and look to next week, our home-opener against Kansas City."
It was a physical and clumsy affair with little possession on either side.
In the 76th minute. McInerney’s initial header from Sebastien Le Toux’s corner kick was deflected by Shuttleworth, but McInerney captured his own rebound and put it in the back of the net for the final 1-0 result.
“I don’t know what it is with [the Revolution], but I know I get in good spots against them,” said McInerney. “They sit high up [on defense] and I like it because I can get balls played back in behind them in the box that amount to good goals.”
Chad Barrett and Chris Tierney came on as the Revolution switched to a 3-5-2 formation in the 79th minute.
Next Saturday, March 23, Revolution host their 2013 home opener at Gillette Stadium versus Sporting Kansas City at 4 p.m. Jerry Bengtson will miss the home opener as he has been called up for Honduras World Cup Qualifiers.
New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union
March 16, 2013 – PPL Park (Chester, Pa.)
Philadelphia Union 1, New England Revolution 0
PHI – Jack McInerney (Sebastien Le Toux) 76
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston (Chris Tierney 79), Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Lee Nguyen, Clyde Simms © (Andy Dorman 46), Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Juan Toja (Chad Barrett 79), Jerry Bengtson
Substitutes Not Used: Luis Soffner, Diego Fagundez, Darrius Barnes, Donnie Smith
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Target 2, Corner Kicks 1, Saves 3, Fouls 15, Offsides 2, Passes (percentage) 364 (68.4%), Possession 44.2%
Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Raymon Gaddis, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Sheanon Williams, Brian Carroll ©, Danny Cruz (Michael Lahoud 8), Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan (Antoine Hoppenot 67) Sebastien LeToux, Jack McInerney (Chris Albright 87)
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Bakary Soumare, Roger Torres, Leo Fernandez
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 2, Fouls 13, Offsides 1, Passes (percentage) 447 (76.5%), Possession 55.8%
NE – A.J. Soares (caution) 27
PHI – Amobi Okugo (caution) 42
NE – Bobby Shuttleworth (caution) 84
PHI – Jeff Parke (caution) 92+
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Adam Wienckowski
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda
Weather: Rain/Snow flurries, 36 degrees