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Revolution 1, Union 2: Three thoughts

Andre Blake has the Revs’ number and two more thoughts.

SOCCER: AUG 20 MLS Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New England Revolution lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Union on Monday night. Here are three thoughts from the game.

  1. The own goal put the Revs in a tough spot. The Revolution found themselves down a goal in the 34th minute when a sliding Andrew Farrell put the ball past Matt Turner. The unfortunate event occurred when Kai Wagner sent in a low cross. The Revs’ record this year when their opponent gets on the scoreboard first was 0-3-1. The Union would of course make things more difficult when they got a second goal in the 69th minute. Anthony Fontana was the culprit, as he chipped Matt Turner.
  2. Andre Blake has the Revs’ number. Teal Bunbury had a good opportunity in the 65th minute when he got his head on Lee Nguyen’s service. The ball looked destined for the goal if not for the heroics of Blake. As Revs fans know, it takes something special to score against the UConn product, which is exactly what happened when Tajon Buchanan scored his second of the season. Unrattled by the goal—and certainly happy with an offside call in the 83rd minute—Blake stepped up and made a huge save on Nguyen’s free kick 85th minute.
  3. Gustavo Bou excluded from the gameday 20. Five days after playing 18 minutes against the Montreal Impact, Bou was absent due to a minor hamstring injury. It’s unlucky timing for Bou, who was just starting to get into a rhythm. The attacker had a goal against the Impact on Sept. 23 and a goal and assist against D.C. United on Sept. 27. It’s not all doom and gloom, as the Revs could get Bou and Carles Gil back before the playoffs.