July 18th, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; New England Revolution forward Saer Sene (39) reacts to an official during the first half against the Montreal Impact at the Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE
The New England Revolution fell to the Philadelphia Union tonight in Chester, PA thanks to a second half Freddy Adu PK and a late goal from Jack McInerney. It was the same old story as the Revs had chance after chance, but could only muster one goal, Saer Sene's in the 12th minute. In the end, despite a second-half onslaught, the Revs lost a winnable game and now look just about out of the playoff picture.
New England started off confidently, with a lot of good passing, and were even able to hold off Philadelphia's barrage of free kicks and corner kicks. In the 12th minute, rookie Kelyn Rowe took possession of the ball from the left wing and handled it into the center of the pitch, shedding defenders, and getting the ball out to Sene. Sene teed up the shot from a good 30 yards out and sent in a screamer that Zac MacMath was unable to stop.
Despite two yellow cards issued to the Revolution center-backs, and one of them (A.J. Soares) being visibly shaken up, the Revs were able to hold their goal lead heading into half time. The second half played out much the same, with Sene trying hard to add to his team-leading 9 goals. His 51st minute shot strayed wide of goal and his 53rd minute effort, one which had two unmarked teammates streaming towards net, was blocked by the keeper with ease.
The scoreline was still in the Revolution's favor until Kevin Alston was whistled for a foul at the top corner of the Revolution box which prompted Edvin Jurišević to award the Union with a penalty, which was converted by the Philadelphia DP in the 59th minute.
The Revs proceeded to make a series of substitutions to try to take hold of the game, including captain Shalrie Joseph who replaced Clyde Simms in the 60th minute and new kid on the block Dimitry Imbongo who replaced Kelyn Rowe at 69'. Imbongo failed to impress and generally looked sluggish despite a number of opportunities to make a memorable MLS debut. One chance in particular, which came in the 80th minute, saw Imbongo on a clean break towards goal but he was outpaced by Carlos Valdes who denied the newcomer of his opportunity.
The Union eventually found a way to seal the win when Sheanon Williams found space down the right sideline and sent in a cross that Jack McInerney headed home with ease. Though there was about 8 minutes of stoppage time, the Revs could not produce an equalizer and ultimately fell to their eastern conference foes.
The Revolution will now head back home to Gillette Stadium and hope to return to winning ways if they want to keep pace with the rest of the East. But they are now going to need a lot of outside help in order for that to become even a close reality.