Philadelphia Union marked this exact date two years ago with the first game of a franchise-long unbeaten run against New England Revolution – a sequence which has now been stretched to five matches after Sunday’s dramatic 2-1 home victory.
In just the third MLS fixture to take place at PPL Park, a sell-out crowd saw the Union held to a 1-1 tie by the travelling Revolution in the clubs’ inaugural meeting on July 31st 2010. Similar numbers were back again at the weekend as John Hackworth’s side made it four wins from five MLS games this month courtesy of Jack McInerney’s headed winner.
The clubs’ three clashes in between also produced their fair share of entertainment, with the Union twice winning at the Gillette Stadium – 2-1 and 3-0 – before rallying from three goals behind with just 11 minutes to go to rescue a hard-earned point courtesy of a 4-4 draw at PPL Park last September.
The 3-0 win in Foxborough on July 17th 2011 remains Philadelphia Union’s second-biggest MLS road win in franchise history, surpassed only by the 6-2 demolition of Toronto at BMO Field less than two months earlier.
The Union return to action in Canada this Saturday looking to build a winning run against another MLS rival, with Hackworth’s squad travelling to Montreal Impact following a maiden victory over Jesse Marsch’s side earlier this month.