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  • September 7, 2011
  • • 8:07 PM
  • • PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Referee: J. Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 16148
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Philadelphia Union 4-4 New England Revolution: Hosts storm back to cap classic

Philadelphia Union 4-4 New England Revolution: Hosts storm back to cap classic

Drew Hallowell

New England's biggest goal-haul of the season wasn't enough for three points. Philly stormed back from three goals down to draw the instant MLS classic 4-4.

CHESTER, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union rallied from three goals down in the second half to tie the New England Revolution 4-4 in one of the most exciting games of the season.

The action started early and continued non-stop throughout the match.

A.J. Soares started the plethora of goals off of a corner. When a controversial foul was called on Philadelphia’s Stefani Miglioranzi, Rajko Lekic easily chipped one past the young Zac MacMath to take the air out of PPL Park.

It got even uglier for Philadelphia. Chris Tierney booted one to the far post for Moncef Zerka. The Moroccan midfielder headed Tierney’s service home to put New England up 3-0.

Roger Torres provided a token for the home crowd to cheer about, lobbing a ball in for the Union’s first goal. That excitement was short-lived, however, as Benny Feilhaber put the Revs up 4-1 going into halftime.

Then the script flipped. Philadelphia came out strong in the second half, and never relented.

Freddy Adu, in his first full match since re-signing with MLS last month, netted his first goal for the Union.

Sebastian Le Toux brought Philly even closer with a penalty kick in the 79th minute that made the score 4-3. It was Le Toux’s fourth penalty kick goal on the season, meaning he has scored all seven PKs in Union history.

The Frenchman then continued his return to 2010 form, as he miraculously tied the match up in stoppage time, smashing it from inside the box to ignite the PPL Park crowd and bring the game to a 4-4 score.

"The result we can be happy with because it could be worse, but we shouldn't there in the first place, like we were in the first half," said Union coach Peter Nowak. "It's mixed emotions."

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