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New England Revolution have dominated their recent meetings with the Philadelphia Union. They have won three of the last five meetings while losing just once.
The last time these two met, New England finished the game with just ten men on the pitch after Arnór Traustason was sent off before the hour mark after picking up two yellow cards in four minutes. Luckily for them, they were 1-0 up before half time, thanks to Matt Polster, and that turned out to be the lone goal of the game.
Philadelphia Union have not managed to beat the New England Revolution since they beat them back in November 2020. They did not dominate possession in that game but were the better side as they ended with 18 shots on goal and won 2-0. Sergio Santos and Cory Burke scored in either half to get them the win, as New England struggled to put an attack together. The away side managed just one shot on target in the entire game, despite having 58% possession. Bruce Arena’s men had better pass accuracy and more corners but failed to create a single big chance in the match.
In the last five meetings, the only draw between these two sides was last year, at the Subaru Park in May. The game was high intensity and end-to-end, but the fans had to wait until the 85th minute for the first goal.
Teal Bunbury scored for New England and seemed to have sealed the three points for them, but Kacper Przybyłko scored with 2 minutes left to share the points at the end. Both sides were neck-and-neck during the game, and a draw was the fair result in the end.
We expect a similar kind of game this weekend, with the Revs in particular having a point to prove after a less than ideal start to a season where they were deemed favorites prior to the beginning. Expect goals from both teams.
New England Revolution made a decent start to the season with a draw against the Portland Timbers. They took the lead twice against Timbers, but Yimmi Chará scored a stunning overhead kick goal towards the end to share the points.
It did not take long for them to get their first win of the season, as Carles Gil’s penalty in the first half was enough to beat FC Dallas in gameweek two. Both sides were able to get close to each other’s box, but could not create good chances, and the game ended 1-0.
New England were then involved in the CONCACAF Champions League, and in trademark fashion for MLS sides that are involved in the continental competition, their participation set them off the rails for a bit. The necessary rotations to their team saw them lose 3-2 to Real Salt Lake after picking up a win over Pumas UNAM in the first leg of their quarter-final game in March.
The loss in the league was followed by a loss in the CONCACAF the following round, and they were knocked out. The players were stunned by the loss as they let slip a 3-0 first-leg lead to lose 4-3 in penalties.
Bruce Arena’s side took some time recovering from that knockout blow and they went on a three-match losing streak in the league in the immediate aftermath. They lost to newcomers Charlotte FC, New York Red Bulls, and Inter Miami CF on the trot after the loss to Real Salt Lake.
They finally managed to end their losing streak by beating Charlotte 2-1, thanks to goals from Adam Buksa and Matt Polster in either half. The away side only managed to pull one back in the 85th minute, but that did not spark a comeback.
In their last five games, New England Revolution have one loss and two wins. They seem to be finding their form once again and are slowly moving up the league table. They lost 3-2 to DC United at the end of April but followed it up with a 2-0 win over Inter Miami CF.
Once again, they failed to carry the momentum into the next game and ended up drawing at home to Columbus Crew. Erik Hurtado scored in the 89th minute for the Crew, after DeJuan Jones and Adam Buksa scored in the 70th and 82nd minute, respectively, for New England.
They drew once again in the next match when they traveled to face Atlanta United FC. Adam Buksa’s brace was not enough for them to get the three points as Thiago Almada and Luiz Araújo scored for the home side in either half.
New England got their mojo back last weekend when they got a late winner at FC Cincinnati. Tommy McNamara scored in the 89th minute after Sebastian Lletget and Adam Buksahad their goals were canceled out by Brandon Vazquez and Álvaro Barreal for the home side.
Jozy Altidore is doubtful, but Bruce Arena has the rest of the squad to select from this weekend.
Philadelphia Union have lost just once this season – in the league – but they are not on top of the table. The main reason for that is the five-match run of draws they went on recently.
After picking up five wins and a draw from their opening six matches, Philadelphia Union had a shocking run where they were just unable to convert draws into wins.
They first lost 2-1 to Toronto and then their form went out of the window. They drew to CF Montreal, Nashville SC, Los Angeles FC, New York Red Bulls and Inter Miami CF in a row and that saw them slip from the top of the table to 3rd in the league right now.
The winless streak finally came to an end when they faced the Portland Timbers last weekend. They did not do much in the game as they sat back after scoring early in both halves. Dániel Gazdag scored in the fifth minute to hand the Union a much-needed lead. They then managed to keep Timbers at bay for the rest of the half, and the home side failed to have a single shot on target.
The second half started in a similar fashion as Sergio Santos scored just three minutes after the break to double the lead for Philadelphia. Portland Timbers could not believe their luck as their opponents had scored twice, despite having just over 33% of the ball.The home side tried their best to get back into the game, but failed to get their shots on target. Just two of their 9 shots were on target in the second half, and Andre Blake was forced to make just one save for Union. Bruce Arena will be hoping that the win has seen his players turn a corner.
Mikael Uhre is ruled out, while the rest of the squad is fit and available.
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|New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union Information|
|Teams||New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union|
|Time||Saturday, May 28 at 7.30pm EST|
|How to watch||MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, TV38, MyRITV & CoziTV, PHL17|
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