The Philadelphia Union advanced to the next round of the MLS is Back Tournament with a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution late Saturday, early Sunday morning.
Forward Sergio Santos proved to be the Union’s hero, netting the lone goal in the 63rd minute with a chip over New England keeper Matt Turner. The goal was the Brazilian’s fifth as a Union player.
The game also saw heroics yet again from goalkeeper Andre Blake, who earned a total of five saves, many of them worthy of making the highlight reel cut.
Philadelphia controlled the opening half of the match, holding around 60% of the possession (their first time leading in possession in the tournament) and leading in shots and shots on goal. Despite this, they were unable to put the ball away during the first half, leaving the score at 0-0.
The Revolution took over after the break, controlling most of the second half possession and eventually finishing the game with more shots and the same number of SOGs as the Union.
The game shifted on a poor Revolution pass that led to the game winning goal against the run of play that ended up being enough to give the Union the win thanks to their second clean sheet of the competition.
The match was also the first time that Jose Martinez was not carded while on the field for the Union, as he returned from suspension to record just two fouls and three shots.
Andrew Wooten also made his 2020 debut, returning from an injury that kept him off the roster until the Union’s last game against Orlando City SC, and off the field until the last few minutes of Sunday’s game.
The Union’s win continues the teams unbeaten streak in the MLS is Back tournament, the team has not lost since their season opener against FC Dallas.
Philadelphia will play the winner of Sporting KC/Vancouver Whitecaps in a match to take place Thursday, July 30 at 8 pm. Kansas City and Vancouver play Sunday tonight at 11 p.m.