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Two late goals for Union stun 10-man Revs

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FOXBORO, Mass. — The Philadelphia Union looked lethargic and disorganized for the first 81 minutes of Saturday's match against the New England Revolution, but it was the final nine minutes (and stoppage time) that mattered, as the Union left Gillette Stadium with all three points.

Goals from Jack McInerney in the 82nd minute and Justin Mapp in the second minute of stoppage time erased New England's lead and helped give Philadelphia a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. The goals overturned a 31st minute goal from Ilija Stolica for the Revs, who were reduced to 10 men shortly before halftime after Cory Gibbs was sent off.

The win improved the Union’s record to 5-11-5 (20 points) but perhaps more importantly in the MLS big picture, the loss (The Revs third straight) put a major dent in New England's fading playoff chances.

The Union struggled to find a rhythm all game – its first shot on goal didn’t come until the 62nd minute – but the club got a moment of brilliance from second-half substitutes Justin Mapp and Jack McInerney in the 82nd minute. Mapp looped a perfectly-weighted ball to McInerney behind the Revolution defense, and the 18-year old leveled the score with hard shot past backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, who was starting in place of the injured Matt Reis.

Mapp struck again in the second minute of stoppage time. The Revs sent bodies forward for a corner kick, and the Union clearance found the feet of Danny Mwanga, who led a two-on-two break with Sebastien Le Toux. After his initial shot was blocked, Le Toux laid off to the late-arriving Mapp, who hammered home a shot to the far post.

Despite playing with only 10 men, the Revolution controlled most of the game. The sending off came in the 41st minute, when Gibbs arrived late with a hard challenge on Argentine midfielder Eduardo Coudet. Referee Hilario Grajeda didn’t hesitate before showing red, but the Revolution bench seemed less-than-convinced.

“You can’t tell me that [Stefani] Miglioranzi deserves a yellow for the challenge on [Sainey] Nyassi, and then tell me that Cory gets a red,” said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after the match. “To me that’s wrong. Just wrong. The last three games have been huge games for us in the context of our season, and in two of those three games, the outcome has been affected by the officials.”

Five minutes before the Gibbs red card, Nyassi had two golden opportunities to extend the Revs’ lead. First, he collected an errant Union clearance 25 yards from goal and ripped a shot off the left post. The rebound fell to Chris Tierney, who found Nyassi at the back post, but the Gambian’s header sailed just over the bar.

Ilija Stolica had opened the scoring for New England in the 31st minute when a Marko Perovic corner kick fell to Shalrie Joseph in the box. Joseph fed Stolica, who turned and shot, beating Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

Each team will play its next match Wednesday against Mexican opposition, as the Union takes on Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly, and the Revolution play host to Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga 2010 Final. Both teams return to league play on September 4, when the Union travel to Kansas City and the Revolution host Seattle.

Here are highlights from last night's match:


  1. i greatly disagree with this synopsis. the entire second half was one-way traffic towards the revolution goal. the revs had a few counters, but no real chances the entire second half. the union did not get a shot on goal until the 62nd minute do to the fact that they were actively possessing the ball around the pitch. i have a feeling nowak told the team to make new england chase the ball to gradually wear them down. nowak’s subs were genius as torres brought pace and creativity to the midfield and then mcinerney and mapp scored the goals. revolution was unlucky with the red card, but the union have seen so many questionable reds this season that this was due for them. also there was no mention of the obvious handball that led to revolution’s only goal.


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