Early on, New England dominated the pace of the game. Philadelphia was unable to muster up anything that resembled an attack while the Revs maintained possession and were on top of their form from the first whistle.
After a stellar pass from midfielder Chad Barrett, Kelyn Rowe was able to deposit a goal from distance to give New England the one-goal lead in the 26th minute of action.
Philadelphia answered shortly after the beginning of the second half. Danny Cruz netted an equalizer for the Union off of a through-ball from Conor Casey that left him alone with the Revs’ goalkeeper Matt Reis. Within four minutes, the Union managed what appeared to have been two goals to give them the lead but were disallowed by the official.
Sebastian Le Toux had appeared to score a goal in the 53rd minute to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for the away side, Le Toux ended up offside in the build-up leading to the goal. Just two minutes later, official Allen Chapman’s ruling that Reis maintained possession on a fumbled low cross drew a furious reaction from Conor Casey. Casey appeared to have scored what ended up being the Union’s second disallowed goal in the matter of four minutes.
New England went on to score four unanswered goals from that point. Union defender Amobi Okugo deflected a shot attempt from Juan Agudelo past his own goalkeeper to give the Revs a 2-1 lead. Rowe then uncorked another laser from distance to add to his side’s advantage. Diego Fagundez and Agudelo both went on to add goals of their own before the final whistle sounded.