Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 2-1 loss to Forward Madison Saturday night in quickie form:
Revs II fall in season finale: After leading for most of the match, the Revolution’s second team conceded two late goals three minutes apart to lose their inaugural season finale, 2-1, to host Forward Madison. The loss ends New England’s season at 5-8-3, good enough for ninth place out of 11 in USL League One. Madison, which hadn’t tasted victory in five matches — 0-1-4 in the run-in to Saturday — finished in seventh position.
Flamingos stun Revitos with two late goals: New England only had to defend well to see this one out, as it took a 1-nil lead into the final 10 minutes. Madison, when trailing with 10 minutes left, were 0-4-1 this season. The key word in that sentence? Were. But in the 81st, Noah Fuson scored his first as he shook himself free on Jon Bell and slotted past Keegan Meyer, before left back Jiro, in the seconds after a Revs II substitution, found himself unmarked as he dribbled in and fired off Meyer’s hands and in at the far post, giving Madison the lead in the 84th minute.
Rennicks puts Revs II ahead at the half hour mark: New England had over 45 percent of the ball in the first 45, and every time you looked up, the Revs knocked on the door. Conor Presley and Colby Quinones had great opportunities to put the second team ahead, but it wasn’t until the half hour mark when Justin Rennicks beat a racing Chris Brady with a nutmeg to put Los Revitos ahead by a goal to nil. Damian Rivera’s pass broke through the center back pairing to set Rennicks up, but credit must also go to Tiago Mendonça who had the takeaway to get that attack started. Madison threatened to score, too, with Paulo, Jr. hitting the woodwork twice.
Firmino sits, Sinclair returns in final XI: After starting every match leading into the finale, Somerville’s Nicolas Firmino started Saturday night’s match in an unfamiliar place — the bench. In his place stepped Orlando Sinclair, who returned to the XI after missing the last two and a half matches with an injury. Firmino replaced Sinclair in the 37th minute after Sinclair went down with another injury on this cold night outside Milwaukee. Rivera moved back into the midfield while Sinclair reclaimed his spot in the strike corps. Sinclair, Presley, and Mendonça all hit the 1,000 minutes played mark tonight, with Mendonça withdrawn right at 1,000 minutes.
HOW REVS II LOST THE POINTS
From what I saw, it was disorganization, plain and simple. Revs II did not pick up Jiro and pretty much let him dribble into space.
Tiago Mendonça: A really solid performance by the former Providence College Friar. How many times have we said that in the last half of the season? And give him full marks for the takeaway that got the Revs’ final goal of 2020 started. Without Mendonça doing that, it’s scoreless going into the final 10 minutes and it’s anyone’s match.
Jon Bell: He didn’t have his head on a swivel, and Fuson burned him.
Keegan Meyer: We’ll give Meyer credit for pouncing on that rebound in the 72nd minute, learning from his midweek mistake. But the howler off his hands to lose the points… he needed better positioning and to get himself closer to the post.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
49.4 percent possession
80 percent passing accuracy
25 percent crossing accuracy (on 20 crosses)
18 shots, 4 on-target; no shots on-target in the second half
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
Given the way this season started — one win in their first nine — to finish 5-8-3 is not necessarily bad. But the way New England finished given the way they played over the second half of the season — another ghastly 4-0 loss, plus tonight’s collapse — has me holding in my praise. We’ll see how I feel in a few days.
With the end of the season, we will have our full season recap published within the next few days. Thank you for following Revolution II all season long on the Soccer Sentinel.