The Revolution II took the field at an eerily empty Gillette Stadium as they took on Union Omaha in what was both clubs respective inaugural USL League One match.
Clint Peay put together a Starting XI which saw Joe Rice man the Revs II goal followed by Jon Bell, Simon Lekressnner, Ryan Spaulding, Nicolas Firmino, Maciel, Tiago Mendonca, Mayele Malango, Orlando Sinclair, Connor Presley, and captain Collin Verfurth manning the field.
Revolution II were able to generate a few chances in the first half. The first being a well-placed freekick from Conner Presley but to no avail as Collin Verfurth was unable to find his footing and capitalize on the freekick. First team player Nicolas Firmino tried to chip Omaha’s keeper from just inside the box, but unfortunately Firmino’s chip would go wide.
Former UMBC defender and recent Revs II signee Jon Bell would be booked with a yellow card in the 40th minute.
As the Revolution exited the pitch for halftime, Peay and the team were looking to come back after the half and score the newly founded clubs first goal and win in USL League One action.
Peay would make the Revs II first substitution prior to the start of the second half as Ryo Shimazaki would come in for Simon Lekressnner.
Omaha’s Sebastián Contrears would find himself booked in the 54th minute as he was given a yellow card.
Trevor Burns, who was named the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Revolution Academy Player of the Year, came on in the 70th minute replacing Tiago Mendonca.
Mayele Malango would go down a while later and was attended to by medical personal after appearing to cramp after taking a shot on Omaha’s net. Fortunately, Malango was able to stay in the match and came close to scoring in the 78th minute, but was denied by the post!
Ryo Shimazaki would also come close to scoring in the 81st minute but was denied by keeper Rashid Nuhu.
Joe Rice would keep the Revs in the game as he was able to corral Omaha’s corner kick in the 88th minute.
Ryan Spaulding came close to breaking the deadlock in the 84th minute as he was able to sneak past Omaha’s defense and send a shot on goal that was deflected out for a corner by Nuhu.
Kaoru Fujiwara would come on in the 90th minute to replace Nicolas Firmino.
As the 90th minute arrived, the fourth official gave the sign that an additional five minutes would be added on.
The Revolution II would pick up two yellow cards in stoppage time as Orlando Sinclair and Collin Verfurth would both be booked.
Joe Rice would go on and save the day again after making multiple saves towards the end of stoppage time.
As the final whistle sounded, Clint Peay and the Revolution walked away with one point.
Peay and the Revs II will look to pick up their first goal and win on August 7th as they take on Orlando City B at 7 PM.
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