WHO: Revolution II at FC Tucson
WHERE: Kino North Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
WHEN: 10:30 p.m.
WHAT’S UP: Los Revitos’ lone meeting of 2020 with FC Tucson is out west, and New England will look to snap out of the funk it’s in with a win at a similarly struggling side.
We’re underway in Arizona. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the running feed. Updates are periodic.
1′ Nice takeaway by Firmino. Souza gave Tucson some space… it’s a giveaway soon after, and Rice comes off his line to make the stop.
3′ Giveaway in front of Firmino, and the Revs II back line has a trap on. Offside… other way, almost for Orlando Sinclair on the long over the top ball from Mendonça.
6′ Rice has dealt with a few crosses rather easily.
7′ Good play by Bell to clean out the problem area, concedes the corner.
8′ GOAL FC TUCSON, and it’s Elivelton on the second corner, the delivery going to the back post. He heads it in, pretty much unmarked. Or might as well have been unmarked. 1-0.
10′ Free kick for the Revs on the edge of the penalty area as Knight’s momentum carries him out of the penalty area…. Rivera takes the free kick and drills it wide.
15′ Good defending by Bell there to stay with Godoy.
19′ Sinclair’s shot goes wide.
21′ Tucson offside. Attacker got around Bell, who didn’t have his head on a swivel there.
23′ Easy for Rice… other way, it’s a corner for Revs II. Those in the Colonials are having difficulty connecting…
24′ Rennicks with his first shot and it’s explosive…wide.
25′ Rennicks with a good attempt on the pass from Sinclair. Knight gets there for the deflection. Good interception by Maciel.
27′ Good takeaway by Souza.
28′ Free kick for the Revs after Quinones is fouled…. Presley with a shot, it’s punched, the rebound goes out to Mendonça, who stings it off the woodwork.
30′ Maciel with the foul from behind, and he is shown a yellow card…. shot and a save for Rice.
32′ Hydration break.
34′ Back underway.
35′ Corner to the Revs. Presley has a covering on his left forearm. Joe Malfa notes both sides are looking to expose the left back, and I had noticed that, too. Mendoncà with a go, but can’t get it on frame.
37′ Another corner for New England. On the left back side.
40′ Big save by Rice on Godoy after the turnover by Maciel in the defending third.
43′ Another corner for the Revs.
44′ Presley’s delivery goes through the 18 without touching a white shirt.
45′ Two minutes minimum.
45+2′ Free kick for Tucson. Dangerous area… but it it’s high and wide, and that’s the last kick.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Both teams are really attacking the opposing left back; Diego Souza is giving up too much space out on that side. I like Revs II’s aggressiveness in the attack, but would like a few more closer to on-target. Mendonça is a man among boys.
47.8 percent possession; it went up about 7.6 percent over the last quarter hour.
7 shots, none on-target.
Second Half Underway
46′ Ryan Spaulding on for Diego Souza. First Revs II sub.
47′ ALMOST for Rennicks as he spun and fired. Knight with the save, and it’s a corner.
48′ Sinclair was offside, but that was an impressive rise and a header that went wide.
49′ Foul on Spaulding, so a free kick for Tucson in a dangerous area.
50′ Turnover in the defending third by the Revs, Elivelton can’t put the ball on frame.
52′ Corner to Tucson.
54′ Another free kick for Tucson…. Rice has a pop to get it away, but it gets kicked back in, and there’s a corner… headed wide.
58′ Shot by Adams right at Rice, saved. Spaulding and Bell made it hard. First quarter of an hour has been mainly Tucson.
59′ Another shot by Adams, another save by Rice.
61′ Shot from distance by Tucson high into the night.
64′ Quinones with a key interception in the penalty area.
66′ Dangerous header by FC Tucson’s Godoy. He puts it over the bar.
67′ ALMOST by Sinclair. Presley with a great cross, but Sinclair steers it just wide of the near post.
68′ Fujiwara in, Rivera out for Revs II. Second sub.
70′ Malango on for Rennicks.
75′ Shot by Ferriol is deflected for a corner.
77′ That was close as Mendonça overruns Ferriol, who shots just high. Hydration break.
80′ Back underway.
82′ Sinclair with a weak shot that he tried to measure.
84′ PRESLEY. He has a good try in front of goal, it’s deflected for a corner…. subs for Tucson.
85′ Shot by Malango, saved.
86′ Presley is shouldered down in the box, shouts for a pen fall on deaf ears.
87′ Shot by Spaulding is wide.
89′ Free kick to Revs II… nothing comes of it
90′ Three minutes minimum.
90+1′ Liadi for Tucson shown a yellow.
For Revs II:
Rice; Souza, Bell, Mendonça, Quinones; Maciel, Firmino, Rivera; Presley, Sinclair, Rennicks
Bench: Meyer, Verfurth, Shimazaki, Spaulding, H. Fujiwara, Louis, Malango
So Justin Rennicks will make his first start in Navy Blue for either side. Tiago Mendonça with the start in place of Collin Verfurth, who is available for selection.
And for FC Tucson:
Knight; Silva, Logue, Biek, Alarcon; Elivelton, Virgen, Dennis; Adams, Godoy, Coan
Bench: Meranco, Hill, Calvo, Ferriol, Somersall, Howell, Liadi
A good of good news for Revs II as Justin Rennicks has been loaned from the first team to the second. He hasn’t been getting the minutes or the regular squad appearance with the MLS side, so down to League One he goes. Should he play tonight, it would be his League One debut, and first action in nearly a month as he went four minutes against Philadelphia on Aug. 20.
Rennicks’ longest appearance in 2020? 13 minutes against Toronto in the MLS IS BACK Tournament.
Westwood native Morris Matthews is no longer on the Revs II injury report and is listed in the match day roster.
It’s been a week since Revs II played, as they are coming off a 2-1 loss to Chattanooga. New England has lost its last three as well as four out of its last five.
Three members of the Revolution Academy have logged over 100 minutes of action in the pro ranks: Colby Quinones, Hikaru Fujiwara, and Diego Souza.
Tucson are 2-5-1 and in ninth place in League One.
Tucson has one Bay State native on the roster, and that’s Concord, Mass’s Charlie Booth. He’s a defender who attended Bryant and URI after winning the MIAA Division 2 State Title with Concord-Carlisle Regional. Booth and the Patriots were Eastern Mass. Division 2 sectional semifinalists his junior year of 2013, sectional finalists as a sophomore in 2012, and state finalists his freshman year. He played five minutes in his last appearance. He signed with Tucson in January.
Tucson just received midfielder Jordan Pena on loan from USL Championship holders Real Monarchs. He is available for selection tonight. Pena made 11 appearances in 2019, with one appearance for Monarchs — Real Salt Lake’s second division side — in 2020.
Tucson are coming off a 2-0 loss to North Texas.