WHO: Revolution II vs Greenville Triumph
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHAT’S UP: The winless Revs II outfit take on the unbeaten Greenville Triumph side in their first-ever meeting, and the second straight League One game at The Razor.
We are underway from Gillette. Your lineups, benches, and match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic, generally every quarter hour or so.
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4′ Polak with a nice run into the Revs box, he centers it, and the Revs clear it a little…
5′ Five minutes in and it’s been primarily all Greenville so far.
8′ Firmino’s shot is slow and easily handled.
14′ Greenville has 70 percent of the ball.
17′ Almost for the Revs as Angking tries to find Firmino with a volley, but Firmino mis-hits inside the 6 and skies it over the bar. Needs to be better.
18′ Verfurth clears at the near post and concedes the corner.
20′ Walker with the shot that goes wide.
22′ Offside, Greenville’s Keegan.
24′ Walker has another shot from distance after a giveaway by Sinclair.
27′ Hydration break.
29′ Back underway. Greenville with 61.4 percent of the ball.
31′ Malango gets a telling off for a two-footed slide.
32′ Shimizaki with a driiiiive, just wide.
35′ Well that was close as Gomez has an off-balance try that just goes wide.
37′ Presley with a nice move to shake the defender, but he gets under it from the top of the 18 and sends it into the Banner End.
40′ Lee, a centerback, gets really high up and skies it into the Lighthouse Tunnel.
41′ Shot by Malango, saved.
43′ Malango offside, and he tries to bike it anyway.
44′ Malango is fouled 33 yards away, free kick to the Revs.
45′ Malango left foots it into the Optum Lounge… one minute minimum.
45+2′ Good left footer by Angking at the top of the box, and he fires it toward Jaye, who makes the save.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts
The Revs got themselves back into the game, but need to be better in the attack, everything was wide. Angking’s volley to Firmino and Angking’s shot just then were New England’s best opportunities. Colin Verfurth is so good.
Revs end the half with 45 percent possession. Better than the first 20 or so minutes… then again, so were the first team yesterday.
Second Half Underway
46′ Good work by Malango to take on the entirety of the Greenville defense.
48′ Mohammed, a sub at the half, has a left-footed go that is wide of the far post.
49′ He fires again, tries to tuck it under the crossbar from distance. Rice with the save.
51′ Rice with a scoop after a Greenville player lost his balance.
53′ Malango with a curler, Jaye with the save.
54′ Keegan heads over the bar.
57′ GOAL REVOLUTION II, and it’s Ryo Shimizaki who, with a neat off the ball run, takes the feed from Firmino and one times it in. 1-nil to the Revs, and this is the first time that Greenville has trailed this season.
61′ Quinones gets his name taken down.
66′ Just saw that Atlanta United and Inter Miami is off. So is Sounders-Galaxy.
69′ Sinclair is offside.
71′ Corner to the Revs after Malango’s shot is blocked and deflected over.
72′ Subs for Greenville.
73′ Sinclair offside again.
75′ Hydration break.
78′ Rivera coming on for Presley. Not a bad shift for Presley. First Revs sub.
80′ Corner to Greenville.
81′ Nothing comes of it.
82′ Angking with a similar run to Shimizaki, goes wide on the shot on Firmino’s hold-up play.
84′ Free kick to Greenville, can’t get the shot on frame
85′ Spaulding on for Malango. Obviously going to strengthen the D.
87′ Maciel gets his number taken down for that professional foul.
88′ Verfurth is down, but it looks like he’s OK. Hashtag time wasting.
90′ Five minutes minimum added on.
90+1′ Sinclair down, gets back up…. Mendonça on for Maciel.
90+2′ And he promptly has his name taken down for a foul from behind on Walker.
90+3′ Polak sends the free kick into the 18, Rice off his line to rightfully claim it.
90+4′ Bell with the blocked shot. The team defensive shape for New England fantastic.
90+5′ Sinclair is booked, fouls Polak…. free kick, 23 yards away. Right hash mark for the Patriots field goal unit….
90+6′ Walker, into the wall… will be a corner…. and Rice corrals it.
For Revs II:
Rice; Verfurth, Shimizaki, Bell, Quinones; Firmino, Maciel, Angking; Presley, Sinclair, Malango
Bench: Meyer, Metsack, Souza, Spaulding, Mendonça, K. Fujiwara, Rivera
Jaye; Polak, Murillo, Lee, Fricke; Walker, Gomez, Pilato; Morrell, Keegan, McLean
Bench: Christensen, Clowes, Stripling, Swartz, Donnelly, Mohammed
Danish defender Oskar Bloch has left Foxborough. He no longer appears on the Revs II roster. He only registered 12 minutes in one match in New England’s back line. I may have some thoughts on this later.
Dennis Ramirez and Simon Lekressner are the lone OUTs on the injury report for Revs II. Greenville’s list is slightly longer: Max Hemmings is OUT with an ACL/meniscus, Abdi Mohammed is OUT with a stress fracture, and Harri Hawkins is OUT with a knee issue. Colin Stripling is QUESTIONABLE.
Greenville comes into tonight unbeaten at 5-0-1, with three straight 1-0 W’s to its credit coming to Foxborough.
Much like last week with Darren Sawatzky, it’s a homecoming for Greenville coach John Harkes. Harkes plays for the Revolution from 1999-2001, making 55 appearances and scoring two goals. Harkes did play alongside Revs II after Clint Peay during his time with DC United under Bruce Arena. To be a fly on the wall post-match when they get together, socially distanced, for drinks.
Greenville defender Tyler Polak once called Foxborough home as he played two seasons under Jay Heaps in 2012-13, making one first team appearance. He was New England’s first-round draft choice in the 2012 SuperDraft, selected 22nd overall.
Jake Keegan is the name for Revs fans to pay attention to; he has three goals to lead the Triumph. Noah Pilato scored last time out in Greenville’s 1-nil win over Fort Lauderdale.