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Everything you need to know about Revolution II’s 3-0 loss to the Richmond Kickers Saturday evening, in quickie form:
Revs II falls in home opener, offense non-existent in loss: New England’s second team did not fare well in the second home opener in club history, as three goals by visiting Richmond was plenty to defeat Revolution II. In fact, only one was necessary as the Revs II offense was absolutely horrid in the first game of this Soccer Saturday doubleheader: New England mustered eight shots, none of which on-target, with three efforts blocked.
Richmond takes 2-nil lead into the locker room: The Kickers had less of the ball in the first 45 minutes — 36 percent — yet had tons more to show on the scoreboard than host Revolution II. Thirty-five minutes in, Richmond opened the scoring and tore the New England defensive half apart as a pass from the flank ended up on the blind side of Francois Dulysse to Jonathan Bolanos, who took advantage of the time and space and chipped Earl Edwards, Jr. to put the tourists from the other Commonwealth ahead, 1-nil. It stayed that way until the last gasps of first-half stoppage time, when Juan Pablo Monticelli took advantage of a horrid Edwards, Jr. mistake — he couldn’t fully corral the corner kick, dropped it — replays had him slapping it down — and Monticelli drove it in after pouncing and pounding.
Anderson caps it in second-half stoppage time: The match was practically done and dusted, but Richmond’s Oalex Anderson beat Revs II defender Sean O’Hearn to the ball after out-muscling him, and popped it in on the half-volley to wrap the three points up. Anderson, who plays for Saint Vincent & Grenadines, was emotional after the goal, especially after a volcanic eruption in his home nation recently.
First teamers in the XI: Clint Peay used the home opener and last match for the next three and a half weeks as an opportunity to give three Revolution first team players the chance to build their fitness. Edwards, Jr., left back Christian Mafla, and defensive midfielder Luis Caicedo all made their season debuts at League One; we don’t suspect they’ll be available for second team selection the next time the Revs play. With Mafla in, Connor Presley moved back up to the wing, and the trio of Damien Rivera, Justin Rennicks, and Ryan Sierakowski were up top. It should be noted that Mafla played more as a midfielder with Revs II in a 3-5-2 formation.
Connor Presley: If anything, Presley tried his best to make things happen offensively, but the final pass was off. If anything, he’s in the hot section for his relentless motor.
Luis Caicedo: Not a bad first appearance of the season for the Colombian. He was all over the place early on and kind of tapered off, with only one mistake that didn’t come back to hurt.
Earl Edwards, Jr.: Absolutely awful, unconscionable goalkeeping by Edwards, Jr. on that Richmond corner kick.
The offense: Absolutely awful. No shots on-target has us reaching for the air sick bag.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
Revs II had 66 percent of the ball
New England had seven corner opportunities
83.3 percent passing accuracy
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
That’s why Edwards, Jr. is a third-string back-up with the first team. At this point, I’d rather have Revs II No. 1 Joe Rice at the first team and see what the other goalkeeping kids in the Academy can do with the second team, because if something happens to Matt Turner or Brad Knighton…. then damn.
Well, they’ll have some time to let that performance stew. After two matches to kick off the 2021 USL League One season, Los Revitos are off for nearly a month and will next play on Wednesday, May 12 when they host Union Omaha for a 5 p.m. midweek clash. We’ll see you then… possibly from Blue Level?