Revolution II Preview: 3/2 vs. NYCFC II
Revolution II return to Gillette Stadium following a nervy win in their season opener!
After picking up all three points in their first outing, Revolution II returns home as they prepare for action on Sunday night! Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Revolution II’s home opener
Opponent: NYCFC II
Date: Sunday, April 2nd
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Projected weather: It will be a chilly night at Gillette Stadium as temps will stand at 39° at kickoff and fall into the mid 30’s by the final whistle with light winds topping at 7mph.
NYCFC II enters Matchday 2 well-rested after having a bye week to start the season.
Not much information regarding NYCFC II's preseason was available, yet the club spent time in North Carolina preparing while playing two friendlies against FC Motown and Queens College.
In the buildup to Sunday’s meeting, NYCFC II head coach Matthew Pilkington mentioned the brewing rivalry between the two clubs. Pilkington also adds he expects Revs II to be “well organized and well structured” while also highlighting Revs II's aggressiveness and commitment to pressing.
Revolution II enters Sunday’s affair on the heels of a narrow 3-2 victory on the road over Atlanta United 2 to open the season. A victory that saw the Revs II 3-0 lead nearly disintegrate in the final ten minutes.
Midfielder Jake Rozhansky relished in the victory while also pointing out the near collapse at the end. “It was a great win. I think we could have solidified this game earlier at 3-0. I think we should have kept it there, but it's lessons to learn from, and it's a good start this season, so we got to keep going.”
Sunday will be the fourth meeting between Revolution II and NYCFC II.
The first meeting came on both clubs’ inaugural MLS NEXT Pro debuts, as a brace from Damian Rivera led to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation. Revs II went on to win in the shootout 4-3.
The second meeting came on July 10th, 2022, where John Dennis notched a quartet of goals in the first half in NYCFC II’s 4-0 victory.
The final meeting in 2022 came on September 10th, 2022, when both sides played to a scoreless draw. NYCFC II went on to win the shootout 4-2.