Revolution’s season comes to an end after second straight loss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (November 8, 2023) – The New England Revolution (No. 5) were eliminated from the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs after falling to the Philadelphia Union (No. 4), 1-0, on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. The result gives Philadelphia the series win, 2-0.
The two sides battled to a stalemate in a scoreless first half, which saw the Revolution reduced to 10 men just before halftime when Mark-Anthony Kaye was issued a red card after video review for violent conduct against Philadelphia’s Daniel Gazdag. Goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr., who earned his MLS Cup Playoff debut, made one save in the first half and finished with three stops on the night.
The Revolution continued to battle in the second half, putting three shots on target, one from defender Andrew Farrell that forced a safe from the Union’s Andre Blake. Farrell, making his 15th postseason appearance for New England, also saw another shot narrowly miss the top-right corner.
New England withstood the Union’s pressure well, but Philadelphia finally broke the deadlock in the 79th minute. Jack McGlynn sent a free kick from the right side of the penalty area through the six-yard box, where Chris Donovan directed it home for the winning goal. Emmanuel Boateng, Bobby Wood, and Tommy McNamara all came off the bench for New England to try and rescue the draw, but the hosts could not pull level before the final whistle.