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Recap Remix: #PHIvNE

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Teal Bunbury scored and assisted to send the Revolution (3-2-2, 11 points) to a 2-1 comeback win over the Philadelphia Union (1-4-3, 6 points) on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The Revolution winger came on in the 62nd minute, and not long after, squared a pass for Charlie Davies, who tapped it through to level it in the 64th minute. The goal was the first of the year for Davies.

Twelve minutes later, he got on the end of a Diego Fagundez cross and grabbed the game-winner to extend the Revolution’s unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2). Like Davies, the redirection opened Bunbury’s personal account for 2015.

The Revolution’s second half fireworks made Cristian Maidana’s sensational free kick goal in the 42nd minute a distant memory for the Union, who were playing their third game in the last eight days.

Analysis: The look of Sunday’s lineup didn’t exactly inspire confidence to many observers. With injuries forcing Jermaine Jones to center back and giving London Woodberry his first start of the season, it looked like it was going to be a long day at the office for the guests. Maidana’s goal – not to mention the build-up that led to it – didn’t exactly dispel the notion either. But once Jay Heaps introduced Chris Tierney, Teal Bunbury and Diego Fagundez, the Revolution pulled the rug from right under the Union, and went on to win it late. Not to be overshadowed: the strong play of Woodberry, whom Davies said “dominated the right side.”

Quotable: “We just felt like we had really good options off the bench, and we didn’t want to sit on them for too long. I thought all three of them contributed really well and it changed the game in our favor. We felt the game was going there (anyway), but they added another element.” – Revolution coach Jay Heaps

Trainer’s table: Jose Goncalves (left calf strain), Darrius Barnes (left knee sprain) and Daigo Kobayashi (left hamstring strain) were all unable to go on Sunday. A left ankle sprain kept Tierney from starting.

Stat of the match: In his first MLS game in nearly two years, Woodberry completed 94.3 percent of his passes.

How were the Revolution to persevere? Well, staying faithful to the fundamentals were a big part of their comeback victory:


On to Salt Lake: After pocketing three road points, the Revolution return home on Saturday to face Real Salt Lake at 7:30pm. The locals haven’t beat Salt Lake since 2009.

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