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Recap: Peyton Miller's 1st Pro Goal Helps Revs II Defeat Inter Miami FC II
With their fifth clean sheet of the season, Revs II were able to get back to their winning ways as they defeated Inter Miami CF II in South Florida.
New England Revolution II faced off against Inter Miami CF II at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday night, the second meeting between the two clubs this season after the Revs 1-0 victory at Gillette Stadium back in May.
New England made three changes to their starting eleven, with Jacob Akanyirige, Peyton Miller, and Olger Escobar cracking the starting lineup.
The opening half hour of the match saw Miami with the offensive upper hand as they bombarded New England with several opportunities forcing the backline and Jacob Jackson into action early on.
New England’s first real opportunity didn’t come until the 24th minute when Escobar was able to get off a shot from the left side of Miami’s box, that missed wide left, followed by a second attempt from Ben Awashie outside of the box that was saved by the keeper.
The Revs were forced to make their first change of the match in the 42nd minute with Brandon Bueno replacing an injured Awashie.
New England’s breakthrough came in the 50th minute in the form of Miller’s first professional goal. Assisted by Jordan Adebayo-Smith, Miller was able to beat Miami’s keeper with a well-placed shot into the lower right corner. With his goal, Miller added to his list of firsts with the Revolution, as he has become the youngest player to score his first pro goal.
Adebayo-Smith had the opportunity to double to visitor’s lead just four minutes later. After being played into Miami’s final third by Marcos Dias, Adebayo-Smith was able to beat his defender on the edge of the eighteen with only the keeper to beat but the shot was batted away for a corner.
Adebayo-Smith found himself with another attempt in the 73rd minute as he was played into Miami’s box on a breakaway, but his shot ended up just wide of the target.
In the 85th minute, Akanyirige was shown a yellow card for time wasting as Miami set up for a free kick in their own half that ended up as a dangerous counter-attack, with Jackson being forced to make a difficult save inside the Revs box.
New England were able to put the game away in the 88th minute thanks to Malcolm Fry’s third goal of the season, with Adebayo-Smith earning his second assist of the night. Adebayo-Smith received a pass inside of Miami’s box, his first touch setting Fry up to slot the ball past Miami’s keeper and into the net.
With their second win over Miami this season the Revolution improve to a 8-5-4 record with 32 points, sitting third in the East behind Crown Legacy FC and Columbus Crew 2.
New England return to Gillette Stadium to take on Crown Legacy FC on Wednesday, July 12th at 11:00 AM EST. You can watch the team in action on Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass.