Friday, December 1, 2023

MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union (15-9-10) at New England Revolution (15-9-10)

Philadelphia leads Best of 3 Series 1-0

The New England Revolution have lost only one of its last six home matches against the Philadelphia Union (W2 D3) dating back to 2019. The Philadelphia Union won its first two matches at the New England Revolution, in 2010, and 2011, but has managed just four wins in 15 visits in all competitions since (D6 L5).

The New England Revolution has never lost a home MLS Cup Playoff match outright, only losing in a breakaway shootout after a 1-1 draw with D. C. United in its first home playoff match in 1997. Since that game, the New England Revolution have recorded 13 wins and 6 draws in 19 MLS Cup Playoff matches in Foxborough,

The Philadelphia Union have never won a road match in MLS Cup Playoffs history, losing its first four before drawing, 3-3, at the Los Angeles Football Club in the 2023 MLS Cup Final, only to see lose on penalties. Only the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6 – D1 L5) have played more road playoff games without ever winning one in MLS history.

Gustavo Bou scored the New England Revolution’s lone goal on Saturday, his fourth career postseason goal, equaling Charlie Davies for the third-most in Revolution history. Only Taylor Twellman (10) and Pat Noonan (5) scored more playoff goals for the New England Revolution than Bou.

Daniel Gazdag scored his 22nd goal in all competitions with his penalty against New England Revolution on Saturday. Eighteen of the 22 goals Gazdag has scored in 2023 have come from the penalty spot, twice as many as any other MLS player across all competitions (Houston Dynamo FC’s Amine Bassi – 9).

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