Philadelphia Union punch ticket to quarterfinals of MLS is Back Tournament

The MLS is Back tournament kicked off its Knockout Round Saturday night with a doubleheader of matches, ending the night with the Philadelphia Union taking on the New England Revolution from the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida. 

First Half

For about the first 20 minutes, nothing can be really said about both teams possibly making chances. However, in the 18th minute, the Union looked to have a promising attack but fell short after failing to register a decent shot on goal. 

The Revolution had arguably their best chance of the first half in the 35th minute when Tajon Buchanan chipped Union keeper Andre Blake but the attempt was deflected by the Jamaican international and went for a corner kick. 

Philadelphia thought they had the game's first goal on a header in the 43rd minute, but the goal was waved off for offside. 

Second Half

Buchanan had another chance to beat Blake to propel a possible Revolution lead, but his shot was just wide of an outstretched Blake and rippled the side netting. 

Philadelphia finally broke the ice in the 63rd minute. A mishap in midfield caused the Union to break with Santos receiving an over the top ball and putting it away from a very tight angle to give Philly a 1-0 lead. 

The Revs were given a golden opportunity in the 90th minute when they were awarded a free-kick from just about 26-yards out. Gustavo Bou stepped up for the kick but skipped it into the hands of Blake. 

No matter how hard New England tried, their efforts weren't enough to force a penalty kick shootout thus ending their MLS is Back run. The Union now will face the winner of the Sporting Kansas City - Vancouver Whitecaps match for in the quarterfinals next Thursday. 

After the match, Revolution head coach Bruce Arena was shown a red card for abusive language towards match officials.