Chris Donovan scored within the 79th minute and goaltender Andre Blake recorded his third playoff clear sheet because the Philadelphia Union beat the 10-man New England Revolution 1-0 on Wednesday evening.
Philadelphia swept a best-of-three collection with New England to advance to the Japanese Convention semifinals. They’ll face Cincinnati, the No. 1 seed within the East and winner of the Fan’s Protect.
The variety of monks was decreased to 10 males earlier than half-time. Midfielder Marc-Anthony Kaye was proven a crimson card within the forty fifth minute after stepping on Daniil Gazdag. The choice got here after a VAR examination for the presence of violent behaviour.
Donovan, who got here on within the 67th minute, redirected Jack McGlynn’s free kick for the match-winner. Donovan’s scoring was sufficient for the Union to finish a two-game sweep within the opening spherical.
Philadelphia received the collection opener 3-1 on October 28.
New England battled admirably regardless of its numerical drawback within the second half of Recreation 2. Whereas Philadelphia outscored the Revolution 19-8, the distinction in efforts on aim was extra 4-3.
Philadelphia received a street recreation within the MLS playoffs for the primary time in membership historical past. Al-Ittihad misplaced their first 4 video games earlier than drawing 3-3 away to Los Angeles within the 2023 MLS Cup remaining, however misplaced on penalties.
The fourth-seeded Union will proceed its protection of the Japanese Convention title in a single-elimination recreation towards FC Cincinnati. To get again to the Japanese Convention Finals, Philadelphia should get previous prime seed and MVP candidate Luciano Acosta. The semifinal match is scheduled to be held on November 25 or 26 in Cincinnati.
New England misplaced a house playoff recreation for the primary time in crew historical past. The Revs have registered 13 wins and 6 ties of their final 19 MLS playoff video games in Foxborough.