Just hours after the Union choked a lead against the D.C. United last week, many fans speculated that last night’s game would be the debut of Alejandro Bedoya. Throughout the week the buzz around the MLS was Bedoya’s debut, and how he could fit in the Union lineup. Whether it was scouting reports about Bedoya’s play, or the hundreds of pictures being taken of Bedoya during Union training, Bedoya’s debut was a big deal.
To the surprise of many, Bedoya was inserted right into the Union’s starting lineup an hour before their game against the Revolution. He was paired with Warren Creavalle in the midfield which resulted in Tranquillo Barnetta being pushed up to attacking midfield.
The Union wasted no time in scoring, as in just the 2nd minute the Union were able to strike. C.J. Sapong was able to volley home a Fabinho cross to put the Union up 1-0.
Last August Andre Blake put on the performance of his life as he made several jaw-dropping saves in New England, and in the 19th minute Blake was put to the test yet again. Revs’ midfielder Diego Fagundez ripped a shot from outside the box that required Blake to fully extend and make the save to keep the 1-0 lead for the Union.
The 2nd half started just like the 1st for Philly, as Chris Ponitus was able to net one in to make it 2-0 Union. A failed clearance from New England that deflected off Barnetta allowed Ilsinho to dance around the box with the ball. After the ball was kicked away from him, the ball landed to Pontius who fired one past Revs’ keeper Bobby Shuttleworth and in.
But just a few minutes later, the Union were able to score again this time scoring in the 54th minute. Tranquillo Barnetta swung in a cross that Keegan Rosenberry headed to the near post. At the near post was Richie Marquez who headed the ball across the goal line to put the Union up 3-0!
In the 83rd minute, there was an emotional moment at Gillette Stadium as Charlie Davies entered the game for Philadelphia. This was Davies’ first game in New England since he announced he was in remission from cancer. Davies played one game for New England after the announcement, as two weeks ago he came on as a sub for the Revs in Orlando against Orlando City. Now appearing in his second game for the Union, Revolution fans rose to their feet and chanted Charlie Davies’ name as he entered the game for Ilsinho.
The fun and games did not stop for Philly as they were able to tack on another goal in the 90 +3rd minute. Charlie Davies tapped a ball at the top of the box to Roland Alberg who scorched one into the net to give the Union a 4-0 lead.
The game ended 4-0 and gave the Union a huge 3 points on the road. Despite the success, the Union will have to bring their A-game next week as they host the reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco and the rest of a tough Toronto FC squad.
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