Revs II Preview: 5/13 @ TFC II
Revolution II looking to overcome a slew of disappointing results.
New England Revolution II return to action Sunday evening as they look to overcome a rough month-long stretch and righten the ship as they travel north of the border.
Opponent: Toronto FC II
Venue: York Lions Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canday
Date: Sunday, May 14th
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Projected Weather: The temperature at kickoff will sit at a mild 60° and drop to the mid-50s throughout the match. Light wind is expected as winds will gust around ten mph to start and slowly simmer down throughout the evening.
Revs II enters Sunday’s contest looking to get back into the win column after going winless in their last four contests.
It looked as if Revs II were on track to pick up a win in their last outing against NYCFC II. That was until the 80th minute. Revs II was up 2-1 when Matthew Meyers leveled things for New York. Things went from bad to worse in the 83rd minute when Nico Campuzano wiped Ronald Arévalo in an attempt to grab the ball, which awarded NYCFC II a penalty. Nicholas Benalcazer stepped to the spot and netted the penalty kick to put NYCFC II up 3-2. Things went from worse to abysmal in stoppage time as Jacob Akanyirige took Ronald Arévalo down inside the box to award NYCFC II another penalty. Nicholas Benalcazer stepped to the spot and again netted the penalty kick to give New York a 4-2 lead and the victory.
Despite receiving a second yellow and ejection in the 64th minute against NYCFC II, Peyton Miller will not miss Sunday’s contest as the one-game suspension will apply to the next time Revs II face NYCFC II.
Peyton Miller may miss the match as the youngster started for the U17s on Saturday against FC Delco in the MLS Next Flex competition.
Toronto FC II enters Sunday’s contest high after securing their first victory of the 2023 campaign with a 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati II inside York Lions Stadium on May 7th.
It’s been a rough 2023 campaign for TFC II as they lost four of their first five contests. Despite the lack of results, they have been able to produce on offense, as they’ve netted ten goals this season. Hugo Mbongue, Jesús Batiz, and Jordan Faria have been the biggest producers for TFC II, as the trio has scored seven of ten goals for Toronto.
Sunday’s meeting between New England and Toronto marks the eighth meeting between New England and Toronto.
Their first meeting came way before the founding of MLS NEXT Pro when both clubs were members of USL League One. Damian Rivera’s 46th-minute goal gave Revs II a 1-0 win in their first outing. Ryan Spaulding’s 68th-minute goal gave Revs II another 1-0 victory over TFC II on July 23rd, 2021.
Like Revs II, TFC secured back-to-back 1-0 victories on October 8th, 2021, and October 29th, 2021.
Their first MLS NEXT Pro meeting came on May 14th, 2022, as a goal from Marcos Dias in the 47th minute led Revs II to a 1-0 victory. Dias’ penalty kick goal in the 50th minute salvaged a point for Revs II as they secured a 1-1 draw. Revs II fell short in the ensuing shootout as TFC II took the 5-3 victory in the shootout.
Their most recent meeting came on July 31st, 2022, as two goals from Paul Rothrock led to a 2-0 shutout loss for Revs II.