TORONTO – New England Revolution II (12-5-7; 48 pts) drew Toronto FC II, 0-0, (6-11-6; 27 points) on Friday night at York Lions Stadium in Toronto, before earning the extra point via a 4-1 shootout victory. With tonight’s result, Revolution II has qualified for the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Cup Playoffs. This marks the program’s first-ever postseason berth in its four-year history. New England also extended its longest-ever unbeaten streak to nine consecutive matches.
New England defeated Toronto in the shootout with midfielders Jake Rozhansky and Olger Escobar, defender Jacob Akanyirige, and forward Jordan Adebayo-Smith all converting from the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Nico Campuzano earned his third clean sheet of the season, making one save along with one stop in the shootout. Revolution II are now 5-2 in shootouts this season.
Revolution II become the third team in MLS NEXT Pro to qualify for the postseason with four games remaining on the regular season schedule. Following tonight’s result, Revolution II sits in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, trailing Crown Legacy FC by just a two-point margin. New England’s nine-game unbeaten run is the longest active stretch of undefeated games in the league.
New England returns to action on Sunday, August 27, when Revolution II travels to Subaru Park to take on Philadelphia Union II. The 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff streams live on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 0 (4), Toronto FC II 0 (1)
August 18, 2023 – York Lions Stadium (Toronto)
- New England qualifies for the MLS NEXT Pro Cup Playoffs with tonight’s result. This marks the team’s first-ever postseason appearance in its four-year history.
- Revolution II extend their unbeaten streak to nine straight games with the first of the stretch coming on June 23 against Toronto FC II.
- New England moves to 5-4-3 on the road this season.
- Goalkeeper Nico Campuzano earns his third shutout of the season. Campuzano made one save in regulation along with a save in the shootout.
- Midfielders Jake Rozhansky and Olger Escobar, forward Jordan Adebayo-Smith and defender Jacob Akanyirige all converted their spot kicks to secure the shootout victory.
- Midfielder Patrick Leal made his first start for New England in a 63-minute performance.
- Midfielder Noble Okello made his first start since April 2 against Atlanta United 2 after returning from injury.
Referee: Mazen Hassanin
Assistant Referees: Twayne Anderson, Joey Filipic
Fourth Official: Fabrizio Stasolla
Weather: 65 and cloudy
NE – Victor Souza (Yellow Card – Foul) 64’
New England Revolution II: Nico Campuzano; Ítalo (Jacob Akanyirige 90’+1), Pierre Cayet, Victor Souza, Tiago Suarez; Noble Okello (Olger Escobar 72’); Peyton Miller (Brandonn Bueno 72’), Jake Rozhansky, Patrick Leal (Ben Awashie 63’), Malcolm Fry (Colby Quiñones 63’); Jordan Adebayo-Smith.
Substitutes Not Used: Nakye Greenidge-Duncan, Cristiano Oliveira, Eric Klein.
Toronto FC II: Gianluca Catalano; Rohan Goulbourne (Myles Morgan 89’), Lazar Stefanovic, Adam Pearlman, Jesús Batiz; Themi Antonoglou (Julian Altobelli 74’), Markus Cimermancic, Lucas Olguin, Jordan Faria (ReShaun Walkes 74’); Matthew Catavolo (Dekwon Barrow 74’), Hugo Mbongue (Theo Rigopoulos 74’).
Substitutes Not Used: Marko Stojadinovic, Alec Diaz, Matthew Medeiros, Nathaniel Abraham.