THE TEAMS: Revolution II at Forward Madison
THE SITE: Hart Park, Wauwatosa, Wisc.
THE TIME: 8 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: ESPN+
THE SKINNY: One last time! It’s the final match of Los Revitos’ inaugural USL League One campaign, and it’s on the road to Forward Madison in the “Hart” of Wisconsin. Anybody got any cheese?
We are underway. Your starting lineups, benches, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
2′ Mendonça with a clearance. Paulo Jr had swept past Quinones and crossed, Spaulding with the header to take possession away.
6′ Verfurth with a clearance…. Madison then holds possession for nearly the next minute.
7′ Sinclair booms it deep into the Wisconsin night after Rennicks had a nice move to his left and a pass.
8′ Banks blocks Rivera after Mendonça has a takeaway.
15′ PRESLEY. Allllmost as his blast is headed under the crossbar, but Brady rises and parries it over the bar. Corner to the Revs.
16′ Presley’s ensuing shot is parried by Brady. Another corner to the Revs…. big Jon Bell muscles the ball away, but there’s an offside flag on New England in the ensuing build up.
18′ Jiro has a go and puts it through the gridiron uprights.
20′ DOINK. Paulo Jr hits the crossbar, Banks wins the ball, and he fires high and higher still.
21′ BRADY AGAIN. He leaps and denies Quinones after solid ball movement by the Revs. Another corner to New England…. Presley puts it off the gridiron upright.
24′ Rennicks’ header just wide. Spaulding with the cross.
25′ Verfurth with the tackle, and the referee awards a free kick in a dangerous area, abut 24 yards from goal…
26′ Vang’s kick off the football crossbar.
27′ Well now. Free kick New England as Presley goes in hard on Leonard, plows him over… Presley wins the ball.
30′ GOAL NEW ENGLAND, and it’s Justin Rennicks with his fourth of the season! Mendonça with the key takeaway in the midfield, he gets it to Rivera, and he slides it to Rennicks through the center back pairing. 1-nil to Los Revitos.
34′ Corner to the Revs.
35′ Sinclair is down, oh dear…. hydration break.
37′ Firmino on for Sinclair.
38′ ANOTHER CROSSBAR for Paulo Jr.
42′ Corner to the Revs.
43′ Spaulding with a long go, it goes wide.
45′ Rennicks trips himself up on that ball from Mendonça…. three minutes minimum added on.
45+1′ Meyer flies off his line to corral that floater.
45+2′ Madison offside…. solid defending by Quinones after Madison gets the ball back as he pokes the ball away and harries the attacker.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
A really solid half for New England. Lots of pressure. Meyer is kissing his woodwork for denying Paulo Jr.
45.5 percent of the ball through the first 45 minutes
81.8 percent passing accuracy
12 shots, 4 on-target
Second Half Underway
46′ Alan Rodriguez on for Smart. First sub for Madison.
50′ Spaulding dribbles and fires wide. Almost a second in the season for him.
55′ Banks with a driiiiiiive, high.
57′ Spaulding is cautioned.
61′ Corner to the Revs after Firmino and Presley fight off defenders for the ball.
63′ Jiro is cautioned for that out-of-position tackle of Presley…. Maciel has the follow on the free kick and fires wide.
66′ Bell with that stop on Paulo Jr. Nice counter by the Brazilian.
67′ Firmino with the header, just pops it up. Brady corrals.
68′ Meyer handles Banks’ cross.
69′ Spaulding with the chip… into the roof. Fuson on for Wojcik. Second Madison sub. Revs still have four to go.
70′ Meyer with the save on Vang, Mendonça with a solid run from behind to harry him…. ANOTHER POST FOR MADISON’s PAULO JR OFF THE TACKLE BY BELL.
71′ Fuson’s header is just wide of the far post.
72′ Meyer with the save on that sizzling shot, and he pounces on the rebound. Better that time.
74′ Not a good shot by Firmino there.
79′ Jiro’s shot on the counter is wide. Couple of subs for Madison.
81′ GOAL MADISON, and it’s Fuson with the equalizer and his first pro goal. He sneaks by Bell and slots to the right of Meyer. 1-1
83′ Fujiwara on for Mendonça.
84′ GOAL MADISON. Oh, wow. Jiro with the shot, Meyer with the howler at his far post. 2-1 to Madison.
85′ Presley off the woodwork!
86′ Silva and Souza coming on. Rennicks and Rivera coming off.
88′ Corner to the Revs…. shot over the bar.
90′ Some handbags here ahead of the free kick by the Revs…. four minutes minimum added on here.
90+2′ Spaulding is down.
90+4′ Spaulding comes off.
90+5′ Firmino gets a telling off for a foul… and then Souza is carded for a foul.
For Revs II:
Meyer; Spaulding, Bell, Verfurth, Quinones; Maciel, Rivera, Mendonça; Sinclair, Presley, Rennicks
Bench: Tibbetts, Shimazaki, Souza, Silva, H. Fujiwara, Firmino, Angking
For Forward Madison:
Brady; Jiro, Tobin, Trimmingham, Lockaby; Banks, Leonard, Vang; Paulo Jr, Wojcik, Smart
Bench: Marceta, Schneider, Nizigyimana, Rodriguez, Cox, Bennett, Fuson
No new injuries listed for Revs II.
Tiago Mendonça and Conor Presley can both surge over 1,000 minutes played this season in the finale tonight: Mendonça is 83 minutes from breaking 1,000, while Presley is 58 minutes away.
Nicolas Firmino and Maciel are the only players to have started every match so far this season. Mendonça and Presley have also appeared in every match.
We’re expecting the club’s Golden Boot race to be awarded to either Firmino (4 goals) or Justin Rennicks (3) or both, depending on who scores tonight for the Baby Revs.
Surrendering that first goal is bad for Revolution II, who are 0-7-1 when the opponent opens the scoring. They are 5-0-1 when scoring first.
No opponent has won a penalty against Revolution II this season.
Madison comes into tonight’s match on a poor run of form in its last five: D-D-D-D-L, with the L coming midweek to North Texas, 1-nil, on an incredibly late pen. It has one win in its last eight.
Should on-loan goalkeeper Chris Brady start for Madison, he would be in contention for the league’s Golden Glove with a goals against average of 0.71.
Michael Vang leads Madison with four goals on the season.
Madison are 3-1-3 at Hart Park this season.