By FRANCO PANIZO
CHESTER, Pa. — For the second straight week, the Philadelphia Union were victorious and for the the second straight week it was Jack McInerney who made the difference.
The Union defeated the New England Revolution, 1-0, in a rainy game at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, with McInerney providing the game’s only goal in the 76th minute.
The match helped the Union continue their dominance of the Eastern Conference series with the Revs, who they have never lost to, improving to 5-0-3 against New England.
McInerney, who scored the winner in last week’s 2-1 road win against the Colorado Rapids, netted his second of the season when he buried his own rebound from close range. The Union striker was initially denied by Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, but McInerney pounced on the loose ball.
The Revolution nearly equalized shortly after through Jerry Bengtson but his shot from the left side of the penalty area went wide of goal, leaving the Union to record their first cleansheet of the season.
Overall, the match was a physical encounter and ugly match played in frigid conditions on a slick field after hail fell at PPL Park. The teams combined for just five shots on goals, but produced 28 fouls on the night.
The result improves the Union to 2-1 while also dropping the Revolution to 1-1.
Here are the match highlights: