The Revs, deploying a makeshift back line with injuries and red cards taking their toll, gave a constant runway to Cody Cropper’s goal, who made nine saves to keep the margin within reason.
When Ilsinho scored on a goal-line chip in the 47th minute to make it 2-1, Philadelphia then opened the floodgates. Sergio Santos bagged a brace in the 69th and 74th minutes, then Kacper Przybylko made it 5-1 in the 82 minute. To add insult to injury, David Accam added another in the 88th minute with New England’s defense at sixes and sevens.
An early goal for Philadelphia was perhaps a sign of how the evening would go, as center back Jack Elliott laced home a strike in the 11th minute. He ghosted into New England’s 18-yard box unmarked and made no mistake when his opportunity arose.
New England scored in the 35th minute when Juan Fernando Caicedo found net for the second time in three games, but it was hardly enough.
- 11' – PHI – Jack Elliott | WATCH
- 35' – NE – Juan Fernando Caicedo | WATCH
- 47' – PHI – Ilsinho | WATCH
- 69' – PHI – Sergio Santos | WATCH
- 74' – PHI – Sergio Santos | WATCH
- 82' – PHI – Kacper Przybylko | WATCH
- 88' – PHI – David Accam | WATCH
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
: More Ilsinho, more party. The Brazilian midfielder provided some magic just out of the halftime break with a delightful chip over Cody Cropper’s shoulder. The give-and-go was daring and got rolling a dominant second half for Philadelphia. Would you expect anything else from Ilsinho?
MAN OF THE MATCH
: The Union might have unearthed a gem in Brazilian striker Sergio Santos. The 24-year-old, signed this past offseason from Chilean side Audax Italiano, entered midway through the second half and bagged a brace. His first strike in the 69th minute benefitted from a deflection, then he was in the right place at the right time in the 74th. If Santos’ finishing boots were a bit sharper, he could have easily had a hat trick.