July 29, 2012
Union snatch win over Revolution
PHILADELPHIA UNION 2, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1
CHESTER, Pa.— The Philadelphia Union pulled out a 2-1 comeback win over the New England Revolution on Jack McInerney’s 90th-minute header Sunday at PPL Park.
The Revolution got off to a solid start, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime on Saer Sene’s ninth goal of the season, but a second-half penalty call, and Freddy Adu’s confident spot-kick, rejuvenated the Union and opened the door for McInerney’s late heroics.
Sene opened the scoring in the 12th minute. The Union defense held back, giving the French striker all the time he needed to tee up a dancing 25-yard shot that took a last-second bend into the upper right corner.
The Union leveled the score in the 59th, after McInerney tumbled into the box after being clipped from behind by defender Kevin Alston, and referee Edvin Juresevic pointed to the spot. Freddy Adu cooly slotted the equalizer past Reis and into the left side netting, giving Philadelphia new life.
In the 90th minute, MacInerney got his head on Sheanon Williams’ looping cross just off the left post, sending the ball bouncing by Alston’s feet and past Reis, who had left his feet. The Union still needed a goal-line clearance by defender Carlos Valdes to preserve the win, but came away with the three points.
The result pulls the Union (7-10-2) into a tie with New England (6-10-5) in the MLS East, both teams with 23 points.