Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 4-0 win over Richmond Kickers Saturday evening in quickie form:
That’s three W’s in a row: Two goals on either side of the halftime interval for the first time ever in club history gave New England’s second team a critical three points to wrap up this exhaustive road trip. The win for Los Revitos is their third in a row — hey, that’s nine points out of 12 on offer during the last month — and are the first team to claim victory against Richmond at City Stadium this year. Not only that, it’s the third consecutive victory via clean sheet, and the scoreless streak is now at a whopping 352 minutes. New England also moved up to eighth in the league with 14 points, six points adrift of the Kickers and nine points out of a playoff spot.
Own goal makes it three, and Rivera opens account: Quiet and well-defended for most of the game, Justin Rennicks saw daylight and nearly scored his third goal in as many matches for the second team, doing so in the 81st minute; he leaped and appeared to heel in Nicolas Firmino’s cross from the end line, representing their last touches of the game, but the goal was later ruled an own goal. And two minutes later, a counter saw Damian Rivera drag the ball left and he put it in over Akira Fitzgerald’s right shoulder with his left to open his pro scoring account to wrap up the three points.
A 2-nil lead thanks to own goal, Firmino’s pen: After a number of near-misses by Richmond, the Revolution jumped on top, 1-0, in the 23rd minute and never looked back. Well-measured service by Tiago Mendonça went to Orlando Sinclair, who nodded the ball down and off Richmond defender Kyle Venter’s noggin and into the net. Seven minutes later, Colby Quinones found himself dragged down in the penalty area, and Firmino buried the ensuing penalty to the far post to reclaim the team lead with his third of the season. He almost had his fourth a few minutes later, but he sent the termites scrambling out of the woodwork.
Only the one change in Revs XI: Of course, with the news that goalkeeper Joe Rice suffered a partially torn meniscus during last weekend’s win over Orlando City B, Clint Peay only made one switch in his starting XI, which w knew about at midweek: that was Revolution 2020 SuperDraft selection Keegan Meyer. That also made an opening in the squad, and Westborough teenager Matthew Tibbetts, 16, from the Academy took Meyer’s spot on the bench.
Jon Bell: The defender played out of his socks for the Revolution, getting some serious clearance action. He also had the first touch on the second-half own goal.
Tiago Mendonça: His measured volley was well-timed and well-placed to feed Sinclair.
Nicolas Firmino: A goal and what should be an assist for the Somerville native, and he could have had a few more goals, too.
Colby Quinones: He was a touch off today. Sure, he drew the penalty and that was great, but Richmond picked on him a little, and there were times where he lost his man. He’ll get it.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
45.5 percent of the ball
18 shots, 7 on-target
Richmond had three on-target and 13 total
80 percent passing accuracy
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
Don’t look now, League One. With four matches left, Los Revitos are no longer a pushover.
Do I think they can make the League One Final, which sees only the top two advance? I think it might be a little too late. New England would have to win out, and Omaha, Richmond, and Chattanooga would have to really stumble something fierce for that to happen.
After four weeks of travel, Revolution II are back at Gillette next Friday night as they host Fort Lauderdale in their only meeting of the season; with the result tonight, it’s looking like a critical six-pointer as Fort Lauderdale are in seventh, tied with the Revs on points, wins, and goal difference. However, FLCF have lost four of its last five. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.