For the second straight year, the New England Revolution saw their dreams of winning the U.S. Open Cup championship fade in the quarterfinals after the Philadelphia Union handed them a 2-0 loss on Tuesday at PPL Park.
Conor Casey scored in the 10th minute to put the Revolution into an early ditch, while Sebastien Le Toux added an insurance goal in the 47th minute, allowing the Union to advance to the Open Cup semifinals. They’ll meet the winner of Wednesday’s Carolina Railhawks-FC Dallas quarterfinal on Aug. 13.
Tuesday’s match was halted in the 62nd minute after a dangerous thunderstorm rolled into the area, forcing spectators and players alike to take cover. The delay lasted 64 minutes before play resumed.
New England finished the match with 10 men after center back A.J. Soares was issued a second caution in the 94th minute. In total, seven players -- including four Revolution players -- were carded by referee Fotis Bazakos.
In last year’s quarterfinal round, eventual U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United eliminated the Revolution, 3-1.
What it means: Pitted against MLS competition for the first time during this year’s tournament, the Revolution saw their recent woes in league play bleed into Open Cup action. Once again, the Revolution were handed an early deficit they couldn’t climb out of with the offense missing in action. Although leading scorer Lee Nguyen went the full 90, there was little he could do to help his club find the breakthrough. The Revolution’s frustrations boiled over late, as Nguyen, Goncalves and Soares were all cautioned in the final 20 minutes. All in all, it was the exact opposite of what coach Jay Heaps likely was looking for from his side with a major piece of hardware within sight.
Stat of the match: After Patrick Mullin scored his club’s fifth goal in the 67th minute of a 5-3 win over the Union on May 17, the Revolution have been outscored by their conference foes 7-1.
Weather impacts Open Cup ... again: It just wouldn’t be the Open Cup unless the weather stole some of the spotlight. The 64-minute delay due to thunderstorms marked the third time in the last three years that weather has delayed Open Cup play for the Revolution. Last year’s third-round clash vs. Rochester was delayed in the second half, while the start of a third-round meeting with Harrisburg City in 2012 was pushed back due to storms.
Lineup notes: Revolution coach Jay Heaps fielded a mix of regulars and reserves for Tuesday’s contest, much like he did in the club’s fifth-round win against Rochester. In fact, eight of the starters from the 2-1 win over Rochester on June 25 returned to the lineup against Philadelphia.
Quick return to conference action: The Revolution will return to Gillette Stadium on Saturday for league action against the Chicago Fire. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. In their first meeting of the season, the sides settled for a wild 1-1 draw that saw Bobby Shuttleworth deny a Juan Luis Anangano penalty in stoppage time to preserve the road point.