The New England Revolution had never won at PPL Park before, but exorcised those long-standing demons in a big way, thrashing the Philadelphia Union, 5-3.
Not only did New England break that PPL Park hex, they smashed it, rattling of three second-half goals on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
Five different New England players scored goals as the Revs overwhelmed a Union team that might have been feeling the effects of a hard-fought mid-week road win at Sporting Kansas City.
The Revs jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 26 minutes on goals from A.J. Soares and Diego Fagundez, but when Vincent Nogueira answered with a 36th-minute finish, it gave the pro-Union crowd some hope that things would be different in the second half.
The only thing that changed was that New England went from controlling the match to blowing it open.
Lee Nguyen danced through the Union defense in the 49th minute, beating Ray Gaddis before slipping a low shot to the near post, beating Zac MacMath to make the score 3-1, and silencing the PPL Park crowd.
Chris Tierney made it 4-1 with a perfectly-struck left-footed free kick from 25 yards out that gave MacMath no chance.
Rookie Patrick Mullins made the score 5-1 after working a give-and-go with Fagundez and slotting home his second goal of the season.
The Union scored late goals to make the scoreline more respectable, with Sheanon Williams and Sebastien LeToux providing the consolation scores.
The victory pushed New England's unbeaten streak to six matches (5-0-1), while the Union dropped to 2-6-5 on the season, with the ugly defeat putting even more pressure on under-fire head coach John Hackworth, who had appeared to gain some breathing room after Wednesday's 1-0 upset win against Sporting KC.
The win moves the Revs into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, riding a four-match winning streak heading into next week's clash with Eastern Conference rival D.C. United.