Just give Ilsinho goal of the week honors now.
The 33-year-old Brazilian midfielder, who replaced the injured Brenden Aaronson in the 36th minute, scored a beauty of a goal two minutes after halftime from a a tight angle in the box.
He started the play from the right flank, sending a pass into Jamiro Monteiro in the box who returned it to Ilsinho on the run toward the end line. Looking like he had no other option but to try and flash a ball across the face of goal, he somehow chipped the ball past New England Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper to give the Union the 2-1 lead.
While the timing of the goal didn’t make it as dramatic as Alejandro Bedoya’s stoppage time winner to beat FC Dallas, the skill was jaw dropping.
But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Ilsinho in his four seasons in Chester. The goal was the second of the season and the 16th of his Union career.
He didn’t get an assist on the play, but he flashed his skill again on a great run and pass into the box to Kacper Przybylko, whose initial shot was saved but led to a rebound Sergio Santos was able to hit home in the 74th minute.
Ilsinho was back to work again making the Revs look silly when he combined with Bedoya to set up an eventual goal for Kacper Przybylko in the 82nd minute. He was credited with the hockey assist on the play.
Between Ilsinho (goal, assist), goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel (three saves) and Santos (two goals), it was a great night for the Brazilians but an even greater night for the Philadelphia Union, which scored five times in the second half to stay top of the table in the East with a 6-1 win.