FOXBORO – The New England Revolution’s season began with nice promise, devolved right into a disaster, and ended with a calamity.
The Philadelphia Union swept the best-of-three Round One MLS Cup playoff collection with a 1-0 victory over the Revolution earlier than 15,214 on Wednesday night time at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution completed the season 16-11-10 general and 2-6-1 underneath interim head coach Clint Peay, who inherited a messy scenario following the resignation of Bruce Arena and the dismissal of first interim head coach Richie Williams. The Revolution are more likely to have already began their seek for a brand new sporting director and head coach.
“As I reflect, it was a great experience for me in terms of being able to work with the group and learn a little bit more what that means,” stated Peay. “In terms of my future, that is not for me to decide.”
Referee Drew Fischer modified the complexion of the match within the forty fifth minute when he issued a crimson card to Revolution midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye for stomping on Daniel Gazdag whereas contesting a free ball.
“It was ruled he stomped on the player so he got a red card,” stated Peay. “I don’t have a take, I didn’t see the replay live and I think by law if you stomp on someone you are liable to get a red card and it was unfortunate.”
The Revolution stubbornly dangle on with a person down and created just a few scoring possibilities within the second half. But the Union shifted to full aggression mode with two strategic substitutions within the 67th minute.
Philly went up 1-0 within the 79th minute on a play that originated with a free kick from the suitable facet of the penalty space. Midfielder Jack McGlynn lofted the ball into the field and attacker Chris Donovan kicked it dwelling for his second of the season.
“We weren’t losing and we didn’t have to push to score, but we just had to not concede and for the most part, we did a decent job in that regard,” stated Peay. “It was an unfortunate foul there to give them the free kick to score.”
The largest change Peay created from the Starting XI that fell 3-1 to the Union within the opener on Oct. 28 was in objective. Peay benched Jacob Jackson, who had began the final three video games, and went again to veteran Earl Edwards Jr., who was 3-4-3 with 1.50 targets in opposition to common in 10 common season video games. The solely different change was on the again finish the place heart again Henry Kessler began rather than Ryan Spaulding.
“We certainly feel that Jacob Jackson has potential and be a bright spot for the future of this organization,” stated Peay. “But we just felt he made a few mistakes in game that cost up a bit so we went back to Earl in hopes of steadying the ship.”
The Revolution opened with a exact passing sport that created just a few openings and appeared rather a lot cleaner by way of possession than it did within the opener.
Philly discovered its traction after 20 minutes and had two high quality possibilities off a nook kick within the twenty seventh minute. Right again Nathan Harriel had a brief kick that hit the put up.
The simmering unhealthy blood from the primary match boiled over within the thirty third minute when Union heart again Danion Lowe drew a yellow card for elbowing Gustavo Bou within the left eye.