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Philadelphia Union down New England to book emi-final berth


Nov 13, 2023

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin had strong words for New England Revolution after his teams MLS Cup playoff win on Wednesday (Tim Nwachukwu)

Philadelphia Union booked their place in the semi-finals of the MLS Cup Eastern Conference playoffs on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

A 79th-minute goal from Chris Donovan settled a scrappy encounter to give Philadelphia a 2-0 win in the best-of-three first round series.

Fourth-seeded Philadelphia, runners-up in last years MLS Cup final, will face top-seeds Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

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Wednesdays victory over New England was marred by a dismissal for New Englands Canadian international midfielder

Mark-Anthony Kaye, who was given a straight red just before halftime for stamping on Philadelphias Daniel Gazdag

.The sending-off came after New England had vowed to take a more robust approach into game two following their 3-1 defeat to Philadelphia in game one.

Union coach Jim Curtin appeared to take aim at the pre-match remarks from New England following Philadelphias win.

“There was some noise from New England before the game, but our guys worried about themselves and took care of business,” Curtin said.

“For all the young kids out there — do your talking on the field, because thats where games are really won and lost.

“Talking before the game and after — its all noise and nonsense.”rcw/md

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