Revolution Show Grit In Win Over Union

Photo Credit: Matthew Levine

Down Matt Turner, Gustavo Bou, Tajon Buchanan, and Adam Buksa and playing a man-down for 30+ minutes on top of a less than 100% Carles Gil couldn’t stop the New England Revolution. The Revs defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on the road on Friday night in a win that wasn’t pretty but showed a lot of the Revs character. With the win the Revolution move to 16-4-4 and remain the best team in Major League Soccer.

New England scored the lone goal of the match in the 34th minute with Arnor Traustason finding Matt Polster at the far post on a set-piece. This was Polster’s second goal of the MLS season as he was able to get to the ball despite two Union defenders in the immediate area.

Arnor Trasutason ended up picking up two yellow cards in the match causing the Revs to play down a man for 30+ minutes of the match. New England made a handful of subs including the addition of Carles Gil who was able to help settle things down and maintain the one-goal lead. In net Brad Knighton marked his fifth consecutive win as a starter and his third clean sheet in that period.

This was a chippy match with some pushing and shoving throughout. This could be best summed up by a moment in which Henry Kessler kicked a ball that was out of bounds into the stands and then throwing the closest throw-in ball into the stands as well.

Up next the Revolution will take on NYCFC at Gillette Stadium on September 11th at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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