- Daniel Gazdag scored from the penalty spot for the first goal of the game
- New England have endured a long and stressful few month ahead of the game
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The Philadelphia Union picked up a 3-1 win over the New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference First-Round.
Philadelphia took the lead early when attacking midfielder Daniel Gazdag scored from the penalty spot in the 19 minute.
Forward Mikael Uhre then extended the lead to 2-0 after his was in the perfect position to tap a ball into the net after it a deflected cross bounced off the goalkeeper and landed right at his feet.
Nathan Harriel went on to score the third goal of the first half when a perfectly timed run left him unmarked at the top of the six-yard box to head a set piece into the back of the net in the 37.
New England showed some signs of life in the second half when Gustavo Bou scored a close-range goal in the 68.
Philadelphia picked up a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution in the MLS East Semifinals
The Union took the lead early when Daniel Gazdag scored from the penalty spot in the 19
Gustavo Bou scored for the Revolution in the second half as New England tried to comeback
New England’s leading scorer Carlos Gil picked up an injury that forced him to leave the game in the 23 minute.
They were also missing Brandon Bye in defense due to a season-ending injury.
Gil’s injury in the loss seemed to be the perfect icing on the cake to a long and stressful last three months for the Revolution.
New England delt with former manager Bruce Arena’s saga and eventual resignation after ‘allegations that he made insensitive and inappropriate remarks.’
It then took the team a month to find a replacement for interim manager Richie Williams, in order to complete the overhaul of the coaching staff.
The Revolution also dealt with the loss of starting goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic following his transfer to Chelsea, while also seeing his replacement Tomas Vaclik fail to properly fill the void left behind.