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Revolution II Playoff Preview: 10/6 vs New York Red Bulls II
Revs II look for their first win against NYRB II as they look to punch their ticket to the MLS NEXT Pro Eastern Conference Final!
New England Revolution II’s inaugural playoff run continues Friday as they look to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals! Catch up on everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s match!
Opponent: New York Red Bulls II
Date: Friday, October 6th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Broadcast: MLS Season Pass
Projected Weather: Friday looks to be an ideal evening as temps will sit at 68° at kickoff and only drop to the mid-60s throughout the match. Wind won’t be much of a factor as gust max at eight miles per hour. While it looks like most of the rain in the area will fall earlier in the day, the forecast calls for a 20% chance of precipitation.
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New England Revolution:
Revs II came out looking to dominate as the club took the field for their inaugural playoff match against Philadelphia Union II in the Eastern Conference Semifinal on Sunday.
Things went right in the 25th minute as Francis Westwood took Joshua Bolma down inside the box and awarded Revs II a penalty kick. Marcos Dias stepped to the spot and buried a shot into the bottom-left corner to the first playoff goal in Revolution II history.
Esmir Bajraktarević netted an absolute golazo in the 55th minute as he curled a shot to the top-left corner of the net to double the lead. It was Esmir again in the 64th minute as he blasted a freekick through the Philadelphia wall and into the right side of the net to triple Revs II’s lead.
Union II drew one back in the 78th minute as defender Juan Castillo slotted a left-footed shot to the lower left corner.
The referee pointed to the spot for a second time that evening as it was deemed Peyton Miller took Boubacar Diallo down inside the box. Diallo stepped up to the spot and buried the penalty shot to the bottom-left corner to shrink Revs II’s lead to one.
Thankfully, Revolution II held on as they secured a 3-2 win to advance.
New York Red Bulls II:
NYRB II enters the Conference Semifinal round after goals from Frank Ssebufu, O’Vonte Mullings, and a brace from Ibrahim Kasule led to New York securing a 4-1 victory over Chicago Fire II.
New York ended the regular season with 51 points on a 14-8-6 record with three shootout victories. Red Bulls II’s success has come from the feet of Ibrahim Kasule, who netted 15 goals and five assists over 25 appearances.
AJ Marcucci was the netminder for NYRB II and made 68 saves while notching seven clean sheets over 20 appearances.
NYRB II enters Friday’s contest with a 6-3-5 record on the road.
Friday’s match marks the fourth all-time meeting between New England and New York. History hasn’t been too kind to Revs II as they remain winless against NYRB II with a 0-2-1 record.
Their first meeting came on April 21st when Oladayo Thomas’ penalty kick goal in the 76th led to Red Bulls II securing a 1-0 win inside Gillette.
Things weren’t as close on June 4th when goals from Jack Hall, Oladayo Thomas, Ronald Donkor, and Ibrahim Kasule led to New York securing a big 4-1 victory. Jack Panayotou’s seventh-minute goal prevented a Revs II shutout.
The most recent meeting came on August 6th. It looked as if Jordan Adebayo-Smith’s 62nd-minute goal would earn Revs II three points, but O’Vonte Mullings found the back of the net in stoppage time to end the game in a draw and send it to a shootout. Despite Jacob Jackson standing on his head to make three saves in the shootout, Red Bulls II secured the additional point as they secured a 4-3 shootout win in eight rounds.