Union defeat Revolution, 1-0
Union manager John Hackworth has spent a lot of time in the early season talking about his desire to make PPL Park an unpleasant place for opponents.
Saturday's 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution was exactly what he had in mind, and not just because of the freezing rain that blew steadily through the riverfront stadium in Chester.
Jack McInerney paid off a dominant second half for the Union by drilling home the rebound of his own shot in the 76th minute. Sebastien Le Toux set up the goal with a corner kick.
"Those conditions are really tough. Both teams really had to gut it out today," Hackworth said. "We probably didn't play the prettiest of soccer, but . . . we found a way to win."
McInerney, who came off the bench in a season-opening loss to Sporting Kansas City at home, has made a habit of dramatics in consecutive starts paired with Le Toux at forward.
McInerney scored in the 79th minute last Sunday to lift the Union to a 2-1 win in Colorado.
"He's always been a clutch player for me. Now he's doing it week-in and week-out," Hackworth said. "We have young players who are stepping up, and Jack is certainly the epitome of that right now."
Another of those young players, goalkeeper Zac MacMath, was only credited with two saves. But that included a spectacular kick stop in the 34th minute to deny a Revolution breakaway.
The Union (2-1) recorded all four of their shots on goal in the second, including a chance from Keon Daniels that was punched just over the crossbar minutes before McInerney's winner.
The Union are unbeaten in eight matches (5-0-3) against New England (1-1) in franchise history.
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