John Hackworth needs to get some sort of an award immediately. He has turned their joke of a soccer club, the Philadelphia Union, into a real, professional looking club. He has done the impossible, and the impossible continued on Sunday with a come from behind 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution at PPL Park.
The Revs took a first half lead through Saer Sene, who beat Zac MacMath with a knuckling shot from distance. It wasn't a particularly well placed shot, but MacMath couldn't get in front of it as it dipped and danced, eventually going off of the goalkeepers hand and finding the net.
But the second half saw the Union come back, albeit with the help of the referee. First, a surefire handball in the box was waved off by the referee, denying the Revs a deserved penalty. Then, Kevin Alston was whistled for fouling Jack McInerney, which was the correct call because Alston definitely took the Union man down, but where the referee erred was in pointing to the spot. The foul was clearly outside the box, but the referee awarded the penalty anyways and Freddy Adu buried it to level the match.
Philadelphia's goal in the 90th minute required no help from the referee, though. Sheanon Williams' cross found McInerney at the back post and the youngster buried his header, delivering the Union another win as the Hackworth-led turnaround continues.