MLS Snapshot: Union thump Revs to inch toward playoff places

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The game in 100 words (or less): Raise your hand if you’ve figured out the Philadelphia Union. There shouldn’t be a single hand in the air, because…

Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution was the sixth of the season for Jim Curtin’s side, a result which pushes Philly past the Revolution and Montreal Impact, into eighth place in the Eastern Conference, just three points back of Columbus Crew SC for the sixth and final playoff place. Both sides were without key players (Alejandro Bedoya for Philly; Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez for the Revs), and the home side coped in far better fashion. C.J. Sapong opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 4th minute, Ilsinho doubled the lead three minutes into the second half, and Roland Alberg put the game to bed with his first touch of the game, in the 78th minute.

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Three moments that mattered

4′ — Sapong converts from the spot for 1-0 — Sapong won the penalty, Sapong scored the penalty.

48′ — Ilsinho smashes it first time for 2-0 — Fafa Picault flicked the ball into Ilsinho’s path, and the Brazilian laced it past Cody Cropper to double the Union’s lead.

78′ — Alberg’s first touch is a 30-yard bomb — Alberg, after subbing on seconds earlier, had only just reached the final third when the ball rolled across his body 30 yards from goal. No mistake about this one.

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Man of the match: Giliano Wijnaldum

Goalscorers: Sapong (4′), Ilsinho (48′), Alberg (78′)