BSJ Match Report: Philadelphia 1, Revolution 0 – Skid extended on Burke’s goal

(Ardell McDuffie)

All you need to know about the Revolution’s 1-0 loss to Philadelphia Union Saturday night, complete with BSJ quickie analysis and insight.


And then it was eight without a win: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, folks — the Revolution dropped three points Saturday night. New England is now at eight matches without a win with nine matches remaining in the regular season, and out of those possible 24 points since the beginning of July, The Boys In Blue have only captured two: draws against Seattle and Orlando City. The loss means Philadelphia has taken all nine points from New England this season, and puts the Union at 36 points — seven points clear of the currently seventh-place Revs.

VAR aids Burke, Philadelphia: Much in the same way Teal Bunbury scored his goal against Sporting Kansas City back at the end of April, VAR went against the Revs Saturday. With Haris Medunjanin playing a long over-the-top ball to Cory Burke, it had looked like New England defender Michael Mancienne had jumped toward the midway line, putting Burke into an offside position. The AR’s flag went up, but the referee in the middle did not stop play. That put Burke in 1-v-1 with Matt Turner, and Burke fought his way around the youngster to put the ball in for the lone goal.


Blake keeps Revs off the scoreboard: It wasn’t the best offensive showing for the Revolution, who didn’t really get things going until the second half. But they had to contend with Andre Blake, who made four saves on the night, including two on Cristian Penilla and one on Juan Agudelo. Brandon Bye had a header cleared off the line, and that was that.

Three changes for New England: With Bunbury back in Foxborough after picking up a minor knock in training on Friday, Brad Friedel moved to more of a 4-3-3 formation with Diego Fagundez playing the false nine. Scott Caldwell was also on a one-game ban. Friedel moved Jalil Anibaba back into the XI along with Wilfried Zahibo, and Cristhian Machado made his first Revs start.


Michael Mancienne: The Englishman certainly earned his paycheck Saturday night, as he put his body on the line in the back; he took a ball off the face in the 10th minute, and that would just be the start of the kind of night he would have. When he wasn’t on the floor, he had good movement with the ball and closed down well.

Cristhian Machado: The Bolivian made his first start, and we liked what he did out there, for the most part. He wasn’t afraid to make hard tackles against the Union, much in the same way we’ve seen in training. Good to see him get out there.


Offensive unit: I said it last Saturday from the Bresh Box at Fenway, I’ll say it again tonight. Eight shots? Eight measly shots? That’s it? The offensive unit in the first 45 minutes did not look like a well-oiled machine; the passing was lackadaisical at times, especially during the last 15 minutes of the first half. We will give credit for the things they did in the second half, like make Blake move to deny Penilla and Agudelo. Really solid play by the Union goalkeeper. The Revolution had several opportunities, the aforementioned tries right there. And Bye nearly headed The Boys In Blue to level terms, too.


Brian Wright over Kelyn Rowe? Zach Herivaux over Kelyn Rowe? That’s two-straight matches that Friedel has gone with weaker offensive options over the experience of Rowe, and four matches since Rowe has seen sizable minutes.


With Montreal trailing Toronto late in the match Saturday night, the Revs are still, technically, in it. But if DC United beats the Red Bulls Sunday night (7 p.m., FS1), you might as well run up the white flag.


“I think we were a little bit unlucky to concede.”
 — Matt Turner


It’s Labor Day Weekend next weekend — yup, it’s almost here — and so we’ll be laboring from the Gillette Stadium Blue Level next Saturday night. The Revs return home to take on Portland Timbers FC in their lone meeting of 2018. See you then.