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Revolution II Preview: 8/9 @ Orlando City B
Revs II look to extend their unbeaten streak while looking to create space in the Eastern Conference standings.
It’s a short turnaround for Clint Peay and New England Revolution II as they return to action Wednesday night. Get caught up on everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday’s match!
Opponent: Orlando City B
Venue: Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida
Date: Wednesday, August 10th
Time: 6:00 PM ET
Projected Weather: Wednesday will be brutal in Florida as the temperature will sit at a stifling 93° and only drop to the high 80s throughout the match. Humidity will play a factor as it sits at 43% and steadily rises to the 70s throughout the night.
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New England Revolution II:
Revolution II enters Wednesday’s contest following a 1-1 draw followed by a 4-3 loss in the shootout.
Following Sunday’s shootout loss, assistant coach Marcelo Santos said it “wasn’t what we expected” but added his guys “played a really good game, competed well, did a lot of things we talk about.”
Wednesday’s match is crucial for Revolution II’s playoff hopes, as a win over Orlando would generate some space between them and the middle of the pack. Revolution II enters Wednesday in third place in the East with 40 points on a 10-5-6 record with four shootout wins. OCB sits just two spots behind Revs II in fifth place with 34 points on a 10-8-3 record with one shootout victory.
Peay and Revs II will look to extend their unbeaten streak to an impressive seven matches. Since their last loss, which came on June 18th against FC Cincinnati 2, Revs II have gone 2-0-4 with two shootout victories.
A win over Orlando would bring their win total to 11 games, which ties the club record for most wins in a season. Revs II notched 11 wins over 28 games during their 2021 campaign in USL League One.
Orlando City B:
OCB enters Wednesday’s match looking to shrink the gap between themselves and the top of the table.
Orlando secured one point in their last outing as they played to a 1-1 draw against Inter Miami II on Saturday and fell short in the ensuing penalty shootout.
It’s been a good season for Marcelo Neveleff and OCB as they push their way to the top of the table. OCB’s success has come from first-teamer Jack Lynn, who’s notched 12 goals over 20 appearances.
Revolution II has to watch out for midfielder Juninho and defender Alexander Freeman. Juninho has notched four goals and four assists over 17 appearances. Freeman has four goals and two assists while being a presence on the OCB backline.
Wednesday’s match marks the sixth meeting between New England Revolution II and Orlando City B. Revolution II holds the upper hand over Orlando as they hold a 3-1-1 record.
Their first meeting came in Revolution II’s second-ever match on August 7th, 2020, when goals from Wilfredo Rivera and Kenji Tanaka propelled OCB to a 2-0 shutout victory.
Revs II secured their first of three wins over OCB on September 26th, 2020, as a Justin Rennicks lone goal gave Revs II a 1-0 shutout victory.
Their first MLS NEXT Pro meeting came on April 24th, 2022, as neither side found the back of the net in regulation. OCB went on to win the shootout 4-3.
June 11th, 2022, saw Jack Lynn prevent a shutout for OCB as a pair of goals from Noel Buck and Marcos Dias led to a 2-1 victory. Their most recent meeting came on September 2nd, 2022, where a pair of goals from Malcolm Fry and Ítalo led Revs II to a 2-0 victory.