Union vs. New England Revolution

UNION FACT CHECK: Homegrowns making an impact, Home Opener win & more

Philadelphia Union kicked off their 2018 campaign with a Home Opener against New England Revolution Saturday night, notching a 2-0 win over the Revs. There were several key highlights from the match including Homegrowns logging minutes and making an impact during the game. 

  • Philadelphia Union will be out of MLS action this week. The club will return to the pitch on March 17 against Columbus Crew SC. Kick-off for that match is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised on 6abc.
  • The Union are coming off a 2-0 shutout win on Saturday against New England Revolution.
  • With the win, Philadelphia Union now owns a record of 11-2-1 at Talen Energy Stadium, since May 6, 2017.
  • During that stretch, the Union have scored two or more goals in 11 of those 14 matches.
  • Philadelphia Union Homegrown Players Auston Trusty and Anthony Fontana each made their club and MLS debuts with starts in Saturday’s match.
  • Fontana and Trusty became the second and third players to complete the Union’s “Path to the Pros” by appearing for the Union Academy, Bethlehem Steel FC and the First Team.
  • Derrick Jones was the first player to complete the Path to the Pros for the club.
  • Fontana scored his first career MLS goal on Saturday night which proved to be the game-winner against New England.
  • Fontana became the 59th person to ever score a regular-season goal for Philadelphia.
  • Fontana also became the second-ever person born in Delaware to score an MLS goal, and the first in almost 20 years (Rob Smith, 9/6/98 for Columbus vs. the MetroStars).
  • Andre Blake recorded his 18th career MLS shutout on Saturday night. Blake has recorded 18 shutouts in just 66 career MLS starts.
  • CJ Sapong recorded his first goal of the 2018 season in the win over the Revs.
  • Dating back to last season, the Union own a record of 8-0-2 when Sapong scores in a match. This run dates back to April 22, 2017.
  • Sapong was fouled five times during the match, the most of any player on either team. Sapong has been fouled 215 times in his Union career, the most of anyone in club history.
  • Alejandro Bedoya recorded his first assist of the season on Fontana’s goal, which proved to be Bedoya’s second MLS career assist.
  • Philadelphia owns an all-time record of 5-1-2 when Bedoya records a goal or an assist in a match.
  • The Union improved to 10-3-3 all-time at Talen Energy Stadium when Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin are paired together in the midfield.
  • Philadelphia is now 10-2-3 all-time when Bedoya or Medunjanin record a goal or an assist in a match in all MLS competitions.
  • David Accam made his Philadelphia Union debut on Saturday. Accam recorded four shots in the match, the second most by a Union player on the night.
  • Union forward Cory Burke also made his club and MLS debut on Saturday night with a substitute appearance.
  • Burke recorded his first career MLS assist on Sapong’s goal.
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