As a result, the Union claimed a 1-0 victory Saturday night and advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday to meet the winner of the Round of 16 clash between Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps Sunday (11 pm ET | FS1, TUDN; TSN, TVAS).
The Revs played nearly the first 20 minutes of the second half on the front foot, pressing for the elusive first goal. With New England’s numbers pushed forward, Kai Wagner intercepted a ball in midfield and fed Jamiro Monteiro. The Dutch midfielder played an inch-perfect ball over the top to a streaking Santos, who played the ball off his knee and finished well over an onrushing Matt Turner inside the side netting.
In an opening half played close to the vest by both teams, each had a golden chance to take a lead into the break. But in the 35th minute, Andre Blake pounced off his line to deny Tajon Buchanan on clever ball into the box by Gustavo Bou, touching the attempt away for a corner.
In first-half stoppage time, Santos’ first touch of a penetrating pass by Wagner took him into the box, but the Brazilian scuffed his left-footed shot side of the far post.
Revs coach Bruce Arena was shown a straight red card for verbal abuse after the final whistle, punctuating a frustrating night for New England.
- 63’ — PHI — Sergio Santos | WATCH
Man of the Match presented by Heineken
Santos has just six career MLS goals, half of which have come against the Revolution. His latest, on his final touch of the game no less, has put the Union into the final eight. The Brazilian got his deserved reward for a 63-minute shift in which he put three of his four shots on frame. An honorable mention goes to Wagner for his work on both sides of the ball.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
: There's no goal songs played in Orlando, so its safe to say the Union missed this, from the watch party in Chester, in the immediate aftermath of Santos' goal.
- PHI: Thursday, July 30 vs. Sporting KC-Vancouver Whitecaps winner, MLS is Back Tournament Quarterfinals (8 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN, TVAS2)
- NE: TBD