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Revolution 0, Union 1: McInerney Goal The Difference As 10-Man New England Falls Short

Despite creating several chances, sloppy play from the New England Revolution lead to a Jack McInerney goal for the Philadelphia Union, and that tally held up en route to a 1-0 loss. Benny Feilhaber was sent off in the 88th minute, leaving the Revs to finish the match with 10 men.

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Revs 0-1 Union: Player Ratings

The New England Revolution dropped yet another result, this one to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. There weren't too many standout performers, but a couple of guys put in good shifts.

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Union 1, Revs 0: Late Winner Stuns Reeling Revs

In what could only be described as the stereotypical hard-fought battle between Eastern Conference rivals, the Philadelphia Union edged the New England Revolution 1-0 through a late Jack McInerney winner.

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Revs vs. Union: 0-0 At Halftime

The New England Revolution have not turned in a particularly attractive or effective half of soccer tonight at PPL Park, but regardless, they had two golden chances to steal a lead in the second part of the first half that were left wanting. The Philadelphia Union, meanwhile, have been dominant, but in terms of clear chances their production has waned from earlier in the half.

The Revs had perhaps the night's best chance when Diego Fagundez nicked the ball off of a Union defender at the top of the box, playing in Jerry Bengtson. The Honduran, a hot hand for his national team, rounded Zac MacMath, and then somehow missed an empty net and clanged the ball off the base of the left post.

Brian Carroll put a shot on target for the Union in the 39th minute that Bobby Shuttleworth saved easily, but that turned to be just about all that the Union had to show for their pressure. Despite hogging possession and getting good looks from crosses near the box, Shuttleworth was rarely troubled.

At the other end, Alec Purdie nearly had a dream come true in his first start as a ball over the top found him streaking in on goal. One great touch got him past his defender, but instead of taking another touch and ripping a shot on frame, he tried to take it quickly and instead pushed a dribbling low shot that MacMath smothered easily.

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Revs vs. Union Lineups

With a laundry list of injuries to deal with, Jay Heaps has made two particularly interesting moves with his lineup as the New England Revolution get set to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night in Chester, PA. One move highlights a particular player's versatility, and the other grants a player the first MLS start of his young career.

Alec Purdie has been given the nod in midfield, likely to start on the left opposite Kelyn Rowe. Purdie, a rookie, has made several MLS appearances already, but hasn't started. His last league action came on April 28th against New York, but the Indiana native has also struggled with injuries throughout the middle of the season.

On the other hand, with only three healthy defenders, Heaps has pushed Ryan Guy into the right-back position and moved Darrius Barnes into the center to cover for the missing Stephen McCarthy. Guy has some experience at right-back for both the senior team and the reserves, but the consensus is that it is far from his best or most comfortable position.

Also notable, Bobby Shuttleworth gets a third straight start in goal, while Diego Fagundez returns to the starting lineup up top.

Lineups

Revolution: Shuttleworth; Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, Barnes, Guy; Purdie, Clyde Simms, Benny Feilhaber, Rowe; Jerry Bengtson, Fagundez

Bench: Reis, Gavin, Nyassi, Toja, Brettschneider, Cardenas, Imbongo

Union: MacMath; Okugo, Valdes, G. Farfan, Gaddis; Carroll, Lahoud, Gomez, M. Farfan; Daniel, McInerney

Bench: Konopka, Pfeffer, Torres, Adu, Albright, Hoppenot

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Revs vs. Union: Live Game Thread

The New England Revolution are at PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union tonight. Follow along with all the action on our live game thread.

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Revs vs. Union: Know Thy Enemy

The Philadelphia Union is tonight's opponent for the New England Revolution. Scott Kessler joined us to talk about a disappointing season, John Hackworth, Freddy Adu, and more.

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