Philly's "fight" helps club overcome deficit, earn three points
Another night at PPL Park, another dramatic Union win.
Jack McInerney's 90th minute goal was good enough for a 2-1 victory over Eastern Conference rival New England.
It was first time this season the Union have come from behind to win a game.
"We're slowly chipping away. We've got another first in our season," said Union interim head coach John Hackworth post-game. "That's really important, because, to be at this point in the season, and not even come back to get a result, [would be disappointing]. To do it in the fashion we did, and to get a win and three points, that's huge."
Only once this season have the Union earned points after conceding first. It was a second half Gabriel Gomez goal that resulted in a 1-1 road draw with FC Dallas on May 19.
But Sunday night was the first time this season the Union have come all the way back from a deficit to take three points.
"It's a confidence builder," said McInerney, who jumped into the River End after his game-winning goal. "I think it just shows the character of our team. We want to be in the playoffs, and we don't give up until the end of the game."
"I think you see the character of these players," added Hackworth. "They continually come out [and play]. I don't think we played great in the first half, and for them to come out and try to play with a lot of confidence in the second half, it [shows a lot]. You look at the number of passes we strung together, 507, and in the first half we were only at 220. That's our brand of soccer, we're gonna push numbers forward, we're gonna attack the whole time. It was good."
Sheanon Williams was credited with the assist on McInerney's goal. Philadelphia's right back found space in the dying minutes, and served up a pinpoint back-post cross for the striker to head home.
"It's good to know that we can [come from behind], explained Williams. "Obviously we don't want to be in that position every week, but it shows that our team has fight. It's going to be a fight for the rest of the season. Those are the kind of games that we need to win. Those are games that, maybe at the beginning of the season, they weren't going our way. They're now starting to go our way, so we'll take all of the points we can get."
The win draws the Union level with New England at 23 points in the Eastern Conference standings. Columbus and Montreal remain just above Philadelphia with 28 and 27 points, respectively.
"We know that this game was huge for us in catching [New England], and we've got a few games in hand on the teams in front of us," said goalkeeper Zac MacMath. "We just have to take it one game at a time and climb our way up the standings."
"It's huge," said Williams of drawing even with the Revolution. "We talked about it before the game, that we wanted to move up in the standings, and we did that. We've got a bunch of games [in hand] on Montreal, so we're on their back and we're coming for spots. We're on a good run and hopefully we'll continue that."