Both Jack McInerney and his Union team have continued their strong late-season play, even with the team out of the Major League Soccer postseason picture.
McInerney's header in the 73d minute gave the Union a 1-0 win Saturday over the New England Revolution at PPL Park.
It was the third win in their last four games for the Union (10-15-6) and their second in a row. McInerney, 20, has scored in three consecutive games. He has a team-high seven goals after he totaled four in the previous two years.
"I proved I can score goals at the youth levels and why coach Hack [team manager John Hackworth] drafted me," McInerney said. "For him to give me the opportunity and for me to finally keep putting goals in game after game, shows his belief in me and my ability."
Stationed at the back post, McInerney headed a well-placed free kick from Keon Daniel, who consistently was on the attack against a Revolution team that fell to 7-17-8.
Hackworth said this was Daniel's best game. For somebody who has been in and out of the lineup, Daniel looks to build on this performance.
"It makes my confidence even higher," Daniel said. "I am glad it is going in the right direction."
In the 11th minute, Michael Farfan sent McInerney in on a breakaway, but the Union forward shot wide of the far post from just inside the box.
While that was a good scoring chance, it didn't compare to the one that New England muffed later in the half.
In the 29th minute, New England's Jerry Bengston dribbled by a sliding Union keeper Zac MacMath and hit the post while staring at an open goal.
In the 53rd minute McInerney headed a Daniel free kick over the goal.
In the 86th minute, MacMath preserved the win with a diving save on a header.