The Union fell behind in the first half, but stormed back to grab two second-half goals.CHESTER, Pa. – Fighting an early deficit and rust from a week-long All-Star Game layoff, Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney led a remarkable comeback, culminating in his late winner, to vanquish the visiting New England Revolution 2-1 Sunday evening at PPL Park.
After botching an early chance with Philadelphia keeper Zac MacMath well out of position, Revolution striker Saer Sene opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Loosely marked outside of the box, the Frenchman took the ball with his preferred left foot and unleashed a knuckleball that danced in the air before deflecting off of MacMath’s hand and into the back of the net.
Despite staying off the score sheet in the opening stanza, the Union spent the half testing and exposing New England’s weak back line. Speedster Antoine Hoppenot, making his first career start, was repeatedly able to break free of the defense, barely mistiming his runs on a few occasions and seeing the lead pass gobbled up by New England keeper Matt Reis on two other chances.
After the break, Philadelphia’s pace up top ensured it would not play from behind much longer. McInerney broke free on goal in the 59th minute, when he was clipped from behind by Revolution defender Kevin Alston. Right on the edge of the box, the referee conferred with his assistant before controversially pointing to the penalty spot, from which Freddy Adu stepped up and evened the fixture.
Second-half stoppage time saw New England content to defend for a draw, and the Union took advantage. Holding the ball along the near sideline, Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams ripped a cross over the New England defense and the aggressive Reis. Sailing beyond the keeper’s reach, the ball met McInerney’s head at the far edge of the six-yard box, where he calmly bounced the ball into the open net, earning Philadelphia the three points and sending the Revolution home shaking their heads.
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