Last weekend, Jack McInerney was driving a stake through the hearts of Colorado Rapids fans with a go-ahead goal in the final fifteen minutes for a 2-1 Philadelphia Union victory. On Rivalry Weekend, McInerney did it again, striking in the 76th minute to break a scoreless deadlock and earn the full three points for the home side. The New England Revolution had no response, and the Union walked away 1-0 winners on Saturday.
Philadelphia dominated throughout the match, with a significant possession advantage and crisper passing for the entire 90. The Union put twice as many shots on target as the Revs managed (despite New England generating two more attempts on goal), forcing goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth — starting his first match of the season after MLS Expand Next?” href=”http://theamericanpitch.com/2013/03/12/tap-tuesday-scrimmage-where-should-mls-expand-next/” target=”_blank”>teammate Matt Reis earned TAP Starting XI honors last weekend — to make several critical saves. Both sides squared off in a physical battle where space was at a premium and it seemed as though we were on the way to a third scoreless draw on Rivalry Saturday.
But with the attacks continuing, it seemed merely a matter of time before the Union would break through. Keon Daniel blasted a shot in the 74th minute that forced Shuttleworth to parry the rebound right back; Daniel slotted on to Michael Lahoud, who forced another save and earned a corner kick. Sebastien Le Toux took the ball out to the spot, whipping in a cross that McInerney leapt up to head on target. Shuttleworth batted away the header, right back to the feet of McInerney who simply tapped a volley over the prone goalkeeper for the winner.
After three matches, Philadelphia is unexpectedly sitting at second place in the Eastern Conference, their six points behind only the Montreal Impact. New England, who was the odd team out on opening weekend for the 19-team league, suffered their first defeat of the season after winning last weekend in Chicago. The Union have a bye next weekend, while the Revs take on Sporting Kansas City in their home opener.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION @ PHILADELPHIA UNION
March 16, 2013
- 76′ — PHI/Jack McInerney (Sebastien Le Toux)
- PHI (4-4-2): Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Danny Cruz (Michael Lahoud/8′), Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan (Antoine Hoppenot/67′); Jack McInerney (Chris Albright/87′), Sebastien Le Toux
- NE (4-4-1-1): Bobby Shuttleworth; Kevin Alston (Chris Tierney/79′), Jose Gonçalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell; Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Clyde Simms (Andy Dornan/45′), Kelyn Rowe; Juan Carlos Toja (Chad Barrett/79′); Jerry Bengston