Saturday night was a night of many firsts: the first game in Talen Energy Stadium for David Accam, MLS debuts for Anthony Fontana, Auston Trusty and Cory Burke and the first time the Union opened a season at home with three points.
Fontana, an 18-year-old high schooler senior from Newark, Delaware had himself a dream debut, scoring a goal that eventually held up as the winner and CJ Sapong got a goal to save some face after missing three chances he’s used to converting. Cory Burke set up the Sapong strike with a lovely bit of skill to register his first point for the first time in his MLS debut off the bench.
Somewhat lost in the performance since New England ended the game with nine men was Andre Blake’s diving save on a would be second half equalizer from Teal Bunbury. Blake also made a key pair of saves in a nervy sequence in the first half while the center back pairing of Jack Elliott and Auston Trusty passed their first test together despite not having to withstand much pressure from a Revs attack that was missing playmaker Lee Nguyen and struggled to find space going forward down a man for so long.
David Accam and Haris Medunjanin also both had fine performances with the new arrival from Chicago making strong runs forward and the latter delivering his usual pinpoint passes from deep and nearly punishing the Revs with his dangerous left foot on a couple free kicks.
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