Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 1-0 loss to FC Tucson late Wednesday night in quickie form:
Make it four straight defeats for Revs’ second team: It certainly wasn’t pretty viewing for those who stayed up late on the East Coast, as New England’s USL League One outfit registered three shots on target in the second half but could not find a way to shatter goalkeeper Amal Knight’s defenses. And they didn’t have too much possession, either — a total of 48.1 percent for the game — in that second half, and when they did, they had nothing to show for it as FC Tucson put New England away, 1-0, for the Revs’ fourth straight defeat and first of this four-match road trip. Tucson moved up to seventh with the victory.
Not a bad first half for Revs: Even though it took New England about 20 minutes to get a foothold and even though Los Revitos fell behind by a goal to nil less than 10 minutes into the match, it really wasn’t a bad first half. The picked things up in the last quarter of an hour, though, as the Revs attacked the left back side much in the same way FC Tucson did to Diego Souza. New England had 47.8 percent possession, an uptick of about 7.6 percent in the final 20 minutes. It also had seven shots, albeit none on-target; the best chance came after Tiago Mendonça made the termites shiver as he hit the woodwork in the 28th minute. Tucson went up by a goal to nil after Elivelton shook 17-year-old Academy product Colby Quinones on the corner kick, rose, and headed it in in the eighth minute of the game.
Rennicks gets the start: Newly loaned Justin Rennicks, who had made four appearances for the first team but hadn’t found the pitch since a four-minute run-out against Philadelphia on Aug. 20, got the nod up top as part of two changes for birthday boy Clint Peay’s side. The South Hamilton native and Homegrown product replaced Lowell’s Mayele Malango in the XI. Also swapped out? That would be Collin Verfurth, who has played pretty much every minute at right center back this season until he picked up a knock in his right quad against Chattanooga last Wednesday. Providence College alum Mendonça slid into the XI in his place.
No Booth for Tucson: Concord native Charlie Booth, who plied his trade interscholastically at Eastern Mass. Division 2 powerhouse Concord-Carlisle Regional and helped the Patriots win the state title in his senior year, was not listed in the squad for FC Tucson for the first time this season. The defender had a five-minute run-out against North Texas at the weekend. He’s made five appearances with three starts for 273 minutes played in Tuscon’s back line, with three times an unused substitute.
Tiago Mendonça: Not the first time we’ve been impressed by the former Friar, who stepped into Verfurth’s role and handled things with aplomb. He also got into the offensive side of things and threatened to score.
Diego Souza: I was impressed with the Hyannis resident last week with the way he played, but his 45-minute shift tonight was not as good. He gave up too much space for Tucson’s Josh Coan to exploit, and Peay pulled him at the interval in favor of Ryan Spaulding.
Orlando Sinclair: Again, a striker’s got to score, and outside of a track back that we saw, Sinclair was pretty much invisible, given his shot selection.
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New England had 14 shots. Seven in each half. Two of the shots on-target weren’t too fiery; the only one that was came off the boot of Rennicks.
Rennicks’ 70 minutes tonight was the highest of his pro career.
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I thought Rennicks was certainly dangerous when he got to the ball on Wednesday night. With more time on the pitch — remember, he hadn’t played more than 30 minutes at the first team this season — and with more confidence, he should torch this level. The key word being should.
On the flip side, Revs II were simply dreadful in possession in the second half, making it completely unwatchable.
It’s a quick turnaround for Revs II and the second of this four-match road trip, as they’ll take on Union Omaha for the second time this season, this time in the Cornhusker State. That’s this Saturday night with an 8 p.m. start.