THE TEAMS: Revolution II vs. North Texas SC
THE SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
THE TIME: 7 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: ESPN+
THE SKINNY: It’s the final regular-season home match of the season for Los Revitos, and it comes against the reigning League One champs. The Revs have the chance to leap up to fifth with a fifth consecutive win.
We’re underway from a gridiron-draped Route 1. Your starting lineup and benches are live, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
2′ Foul by Maciel. Free kick for North Texas in a dangerous area.
4′ Presley with a nice left-footed shot off the strong counterattack, Avilez withe save. And it’s a corner.
6′ Firmino whistled for a foul, and he gets a telling off.
7′ Rayo with a foul on Firmino this time.
9′ GOAL REVOLUTION II, and it’s Damian Rivera off the counterattack! He comes up with the loose ball and drives in and scores. Earliest goal for Los Revitos this season, and Tico’s second. 1-nil.
12′ Meyer with a save after a North Texas player got in behind Presley, didn’t have his head on a swivel…. other way, Presley with an ill-advised pass.
13′ Free kick to the Revs….
15′ Corner to the Revitos.
17′ PRESLEY OFF THE WOODWORK. So close to a second.
20′ Roberts for North Texas gets a telling off.
22′ Corner to North Texas.
23′ Burgess with the header, off a Revs II player and over the bar for another corner… which is cleared to midfield.
26′ Free kick to North Texas.
30′ Nicky Hernandez goes into the book after he takes Rennicks down with a cynical challenge. Hydration break is here.
33′ Back underway.
34′ Meyer with a save on a light header by Bruce.
39′ Rivera with a go, skips wide… not far off, though.
45′ Minimum of two minutes added on.
45+1′ Rennicks with a side footer, the goalkeeper handles it…. other way, corner to North Texas.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Revs II having difficulty in breaking down North Texas’ numbers in the back over the last half an hour…. little creativity. Presley, outside of a couple of hard shots, needs to stay within himself; he’s not playing too great.
44.4 percent of the ball for the Revs.
4 shots, 2 on-target
78.4 percent passing accuracy
Second Half Underway
47′ Close for North Texas even as Spaulding closes down.
49′ GOAL NORTH TEXAS, and it’s Nicky Hernandez slipping it in. He broke past Bell, Spaulding was late in coming over, and he pokes it in. 1-1
55′ Corner to North Texas after Roberts fires from the end line, Meyer with the stop…. Meyer corrals the volley, he goes down, the referee is calling for the trainer. Westborough’s Matthew Tibbetts is the reserve keeper.
56′ Avilez with the stop on Rennicks.
57′ Rodriguez has a go. Blazes over.
58′ Corner to the Revs in front of The Fort after Tico tries to feed Spaulding.
59′ Another corner to the Revs.
60′ And another… Verfurth with the header, just over the crossbar.
62′ Mendonça’s shot is way off target.
63′ Rodriguez has another go, and is wide.
65′ Damus in for North Texas. Replaces Rayo.
66′ Mendonça with a go from deep, just wide to the left.
70′ Mendonça’s through ball to Rennicks has too much pace on it…. other way, Meyer with a huge save on Rodriguez, and it’ll be a corner kick for North Texas.
71′ Another sub for North Texas. Revs II yet to make a sub yet. Redzic in for Bruce.
73′ Spaulding with a block on Damus.
75′ Angking on for Presley, Malango for Rivera.
76′ Hydration break.
78′ Back underway…. Damus with the high press and nearly causes a turnover against Meyer.
81′ Spaulding tracks back and concedes a corner. Good defending.
83′ A header over the bar leads to a collision in front of the North Texas net as Che’s noggin meets Avilez’s, and both are down.
85′ Maciel with a shot, he got underneath it. Two more subs for North Texas.
87′ Louie on for Rennicks…. Meyer with a save.
88′ So close for North Texas, but it whacks the post.
90′ Minimum of three minutes added on.
90+3′ Corner to North Texas.
For Revs II:
Meyer; Spaulding, Bell, Verfurth, Quinones; Maciel, Firmino, Mendonça; Rivera, Presley, Rennicks
Bench: Tibbetts, Shimazaki, Angking, Silva, H. Fujiwara, Louis, Malango
For North Texas:
Avilez; Munjoma, Waldeck, Che, Burgess; Hernandez, Cerrillo, Roberts, Rodriguez, Rayo; Bruce
Bench: Zamudio, Bonilla, Ponder, Alisson, Damus, Redzic
Orlando Sinclair is listed as Out, with defender Jon Bell listed as Questionable. For North Texas, Brecc Evans and Juan Alvarez are Out, while Ronaldo Damus Questionable.
The Revitos are currently seventh in League One, with North Texas — winners of its last three — sitting fourth.
The two teams met earlier this year, with the Revolution coming away with a 3-3 draw.
Revs II have outscored opponents, 11-1, in this four-match winning streak.
Nicolas Firmino was this past week’s USL League One Player of the Week. He and Tiago Mendonça made the Team of the Week, with Firmino nominated for Goal of the Week.
Connor Presley can eclipse 800 minutes played after the first minute he plays tonight. Mendonça can reach 800 with 63 minutes played.
88 minutes is all that separates Ryan Spaulding from 1,000 minutes played, to become the fifth member of Revs II to hit the millennium minute mark this season.
Academy product Colby Quinones is 16 minutes away from 900 played.