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Match Report: Revolution II 1, North Texas 1 — Second team still alive in League One playoff chase… for now

Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 1-1 draw with North Texas SC Friday night in quickie form:

THE SKINNY

Revs II, North Texas draws again: For the second time this season, New England and North Texas shares the points. A 1-1 draw is the full time result as Los Revitos, whose four-match winning streak came to an end and are unbeaten in five, could not hold the lead against the defending champions in New England’s final home game of the League One campaign. With the draw, it may also see its hopes to move on to the two-team playoff round dwindle with two matches to go. The Revs are five points off the pace, with second-place Richmond only needing to beat South Georgia Tormenta tomorrow evening to eliminate New England.

Hernandez pulls North Texas level: As the second half opened, North Texas came out of the changing room full of hellfire and brimstone, and it looked it. There was an added layer of piss and vinegar, and the tourists from Arlington, Texas showed it as Nicky Hernandez eased beyond Jon Bell and beat Keegan Meyer with a toe poke before Ryan Spaulding could close down. It stayed that way the remainder of the match, as New England put no shots on target in the second 45 minutes.

Tico puts the Revitos ahead early: New England has had some fast starts as of late, but Damian Rivera scored the quickest goal of the season to date in the ninth minute Friday night. After finding a loose ball, he dribbled in and let it fly for his second goal of 2020 and second in three matches, putting the Revolution ahead by a goal to nil. Conor Presley nearly added a second, his hard shot hitting the woodwork, but outside of that, only two shots of four shots were on-target in the first 45 for the hosts. North Texas bunkered in over the last half an hour or so, and the Revs had trouble in creating.

Bell back: While the match notes, well, noted that Bell was questionable for Friday night, he returned to the starting XI, with Tiago Mendonça returning to the midfield. Rivera also returned to the XI in place of the injured Orlando Sinclair. Four players reached minutes played milestones tonight: Presley eclipsed the 800 minutes played mark right after kick off, with Mendonça joining him just after the hour mark; Colby Quinones reached 900 minutes quarter of an hour or so into the match, while Spaulding reached 1,000 minutes played just before the end of the normal 90.

WHO’S HOT

Damian Rivera: Two goals in the last three matches for the Rhode Island product, and like his first one, tonight’s was a no doubter.

WHO’S NOT

Jon Bell: If he does’t hesitate, and if the match follows through to its conclusion, the Revolution have a fifth consecutive win.

LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY

49 percent of the ball

9 shots, two on-target

80 percent passing accuracy

WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW

Even with a victory tonight, I still think it would have been difficult for New England to make League One’s two-team playoff. Here’s the table following Friday night’s match:

And here is the remaining schedule for the Revs, and for Richmond:

Revs: at South Georgia (Wednesday), at Forward Madison (next Saturday)
Richmond: vs. South Georgia (Saturday), at Orlando City B (Wednesday morning), vs. Chattanooga (next Saturday)

Honestly, even if the Kickers lose to Tormenta this weekend, do you really see them losing to Orlando City B Wednesday morning? I don’t. If they lose both, then it will come down to next Saturday evening. And if Richmond does lose all three and the Revs win both, the Revs would sneak in, depending on other results… but with two home games remaining for Richmond, in a venue they’ve only lost once at, I don’t see them losing both home games. But two losses and a draw and other results in play, it would then come down to tiebreakers.

The first tiebreaker is wins in league games: both would be on seven wins. The second tiebreaker is goal difference. Right now, Richmond has that, 0 to -2 for the Revs. The Kickers would need to lose their scoring boots, and the Revs would need to re-discover theirs to not have it go beyond that, which would be goals scored in league games.

Either way you slice it, it’s a long shot. And while we credit New England for giving it a good go, it was too late in getting kick-started.

ON TAP

Two more to go in the regular season, and it’s a midweek clash on the trot to South Georgia Tormenta FC on Wednesday night. Kick-off is slated for 8 p.m.

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