Conor Casey scored early in the first half and Sebastien Le Toux early in the second half as the Philadelphia Union eliminated the New England Revolution from the US Open Cup with a 2-0 quarterfinal victory Tuesday night in Chester, Pa.
Boston native Sheanon Williams set up Casey with a long free kick in the ninth minute, the Union forward beating Brad Knighton from a sharp angle
Williams practically converted a header in the 43d minute off a corner kick, but his shot ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar and the Revolution were able to clear the loose ball off the line.
Barely into the second half, Le Toux’s free kick baffled Knighton, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute. It was Le Toux’s 14th goal in Open Cup play, a record for the 101-year-old tournament’s modern era (beginning in 1995).
At the 62-minute mark, severe weather forced the game to be halted for about an hour.
Upon the restart, the Union had the best scoring opportunities through the game’s conclusion, with the Revolution’s A.J. Soares earning his ejection for his second yellow card.
Soares will serve his penance in 2015, sitting out the Revolution’s first Open Cup match.
But Soares will be available Saturday night when the Revolution return to Gillette Stadium and Major League Soccer play when they host the Chicago Fire.