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                     === Union welcome Revs to PPL Park ===
 Chester,  PA (  - The  Philadelphia  Union will  hope for  a
 second  consecutive  victory on Saturday  when the  club hosts the New England
 Revolution at PPL Park.
 With  the  club riding a  franchise-worst nine-game winless streak and manager
 John  Hackworth on the hot seat, the Union turned in their best performance of
 the  season  on Wednesday, coming  away with a  2-1 victory over defending MLS
 champions Sporting Kansas City.
 Philadelphia  held its own during a scoreless first half and struck first four
 minutes  into  the second half when  Cristian Maidana broke free down the left
 flank and sent a shot on goal from a tight angle.
 The  strike  was parried  away by  Sporting goalkeeper  Eric Kronberg, but the
 rebound fell to the feet of Danny Cruz, who fired it home on the slide.
 After  the goal,  the  Union players  sprinted to  the  sideline and  embraced
 Hackworth in a show of unity and support for the embattled manager.
 "We're  behind him and  he knows we are behind him," Cruz said of his manager.
 "We  just wanted to show to the media and to the fans that tonight was big for
 not  just us for  [Hackworth] and I think you could see the fight in everybody
 tonight for that big reason."
 Sporting  drew level in the 80th minute via a rocket into the top right corner
 from  Dominic  Dwyer, but the  Union retook the lead  less than a minute later
 when  Maidana collected  a pass  from Andrew  Wenger and  slotted it  into the
 bottom right corner.
 New  England, meanwhile,  is in exceptional form, riding a five-match unbeaten
 streak  to sit even  with Sporting on 17 points for first place in the Eastern
 The  Revs' best performance of the season came last weekend in a 5-0 thrashing
 of Seattle Sounders FC at Gillette Stadium.
 The  Revs opened the scoring in the 14th minute through rookie Patrick Mullins
 and Diego Fagundez made it 2-0 in the 29th minute.
 It  was 3-0  for the  hosts  in the  36th  through Teal  Bunbury and  Fagundez
 finished a brace in the 41st for a 4-0 halftime lead. A Chad Marshall own goal
 just a minute into the second half completed the rout for the Revs.
 "We  knew what  we had to do on  the field, and then it was just commitment to
 the  play," said  Fagundez. "We  fought,  we did  everything we  could and  we
 finished every chance we had."
 Philadelphia's  only  other win this  season came  against New England, a 1-0,
 result at PPL Park on March 15.
 05/16 16:48:10 ET

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