LAKE BUENA VISTA, (AP) — Sergio Santos scored within the 63rd minute and the Philadelphia Union overcame a quiet first half to advance to the quarterfinals of the MLS is Again event with a 1-Zero victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday evening.
The Union will play the winner of Sunday’s match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas Metropolis in a quarterfinal on Thursday.
“I feel everybody’s excited for the quarterfinals. You may see we’re enjoying effectively collectively and combating for every thing,” mentioned Union defender Jack Elliot. “There’s moments we could possibly be cleaner in these video games, and clearly there’s another components to that, however on the finish of the day the battle throughout the workforce is at all times there, and I feel at this level of the event and the situations we’re dealing with, that’s a reasonably vital issue to profitable video games.”
The Revolution had been eradicated however not with out some drama. New England coach Bruce Area, the previous U.S. nationwide workforce coach, was handed a pink card following the sport, apparently for feedback made to officers.
Area didn’t converse to the media following the sport.
The opening half lacked highlights with each groups wanting flat. One in all Philadelphia’s finest probabilities got here late when Santos obtained unfastened within the field, however his shot went broad.
New England goalkeeper Matt Turner made a pair of first-half saves to maintain the match scoreless on the break.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake leaped to direct Gustavo Bou’s well-struck free kick up and over the crossbar within the 57th minute.
Santos discovered Turner off his line for a left-footed shot into the far higher nook of the web to lastly break by means of for the Union.
Area made 5 adjustments to New England’s lineup for the match. The Revolution had been with out Carles Gill, who was out with a foot damage after sitting on the sidelines in a boot for the final sport of the group stage.
New England had a win and two attracts to complete second in its group. The outcomes of the opening stage rely towards the common season.
Philadelphia gained a pair of video games within the group stage to the 16 groups that performed by means of to the knockout spherical.
The Union’s Jose Martinez was again within the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for violent conduct towards Inter Miami defender Andres Reyes in a bunch match.
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