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Revolution 4, Greenville 1: Revs rebound after disappointing Wednesday

The Revs did what they were expecting to do against a lower division team.

MLS: Montreal Impact at New England Revolution Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution returned to the pitch on Thursday to face Greenville Triumph SC (USL League One). After a blowout loss against Orlando City the prior night, the Revs put together a better performance.

Things got off to a rocky start as Greenville took an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Cole Seiler had the honor of scoring Greenville’s first-ever goal, doing so against an MLS team.

The Revs regrouped and brought the game back to level terms in the 16th minute. Diego Fagundez was the culprit, as he scored off a right-footed shot taken inside the penalty area.

Things got better for the Revolution as a trialist (believed to be QPR’s Giles Phillips) got on the end of a free kick taken by Cristian Penilla in the 68th minute. The Revs were now up 2-1.

That lead grew in the 72nd minute when Cristian Penilla finished off a cross from rookie DeJuan Jones.

A 2v1 situation brought the Revolution’s lead to 4-1 when Brian Wright put away Justin Rennicks’ pass. Greenville got a late penalty call but Cody Cropper was up to the task.

When the final whistle sounded, the Revs walked away with a dominant 4-1 victory. They will now face KR Reykjavik on Saturday, which is their final tuneup game before their season opener on March 2nd against F.C. Dallas.