The New England Revolution are now winless in their last six, and with Philly barely behind them on the table, Saturday’s match was described as a playoff-like game in which New England desperately needed three points.
The Union got the jump early thanks to a brace from Jack Elliot, who connected in the 14th and 24th minutes to put the Chester Boys up 2-0 at the half. Both goals, again, coming off set pieces.
In the second half, New England woke up fast, getting on the board in the 46th minute when Andrew Farrell’s left foot found the upper right corner to beat Philly keeper Andre Blake to pull the Revs back within one. In the 64th minute, Wilfried Zahibo headed home a ball from Diego Fagundez to level the match.
But in the 76th minute, with Philly on a corner kick, Revs defender Antonio Delamea got a hand on an inbound corner kick resulting in a Philly penalty kick, which Fafa Picault buried to seal the win for the Union.
New England is now 7-8-8 with 23 points and sitting below the red line, behind Montreal and and Philadelphia.
With just 11 matches remaining, the Revs must earn a win or result in nearly every game, beginning on Sunday when New England travels to DC United for their only nationally-televised appearance of 2018. We talk with good friend Donald Wine, of Black and Red United Blog.