Foxborough, Mass. – New England Revolution II (7-7-4; 26 pts.) host Chicago Fire II (4-9-5; 19 pts.) on Sunday, August 14 at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET and streams on MLSNEXTPro.com.
Revolution II fell to Inter Miami II, 4-2, last weekend as forward Marcos Dias scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season while recording seven shots with three on target. Academy graduate Meny Silva scored his second goal of the season in the loss, with U-19 forward Malcolm Fry recording his first professional assist on the Silva’s tally.
“Obviously in the game, I wasn’t thinking about it at all, and then we were all a little bit disappointed after the game, but when we were in the locker room, Ian [Michaud], the equipment guy, came up to me and was like, 'congratulations on the assist,' and at that moment it kind of hit me,” Fry said of his first pro assist. “In the grand scheme of things, it hopefully is not a big thing, but for now it’s definitely an accomplishment that I’m proud of.”
Revolution II most recently met with Chicago on June 26, when New England found themselves down by two goals early but were able to come back in the first half with goals from Ryan Lima and Pierre Cayet. Michel tallied his second goal of the season in the 93rd minute, but Revs II ultimately fell in the match, 4-3.
With six games remaining in the regular season, Revolution II currently sits in seventh place in the East with 26 points. Only four points separate the second and seventh place teams in a tightly contested Eastern Conference. Four of Revolution II’s final six games come against Northeast Division opponents, facing Rochester and New York City once each with two games remaining against Philadelphia. The top four teams in each conference will qualify for the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro Cup Playoffs.
“I think you have to trust in what you’re doing, and you have to make sure that everyone’s on the same page,” head coach Clint Peay stated. “You have to explain to them the belief that you have in them and that they should have in each other. Ultimately, I think the game itself is going to be the thing that really lifts them in the best possible way. What I mean is just going out, doing your job, doing it well, executing plays, and getting a result.”
WHAT TO WATCH FOR AGAINST CHICAGO FIRE II:
· Forward Meny Silva making his 35th appearance with New England’s second team.
· Defender Pierre Cayet surpassing 3,000 minutes played with Revs II with an 87-minute appearance.
· Midfielder Michel making his 40th appearance with Revolution II and adding to this team-leading four assists on the season.
· New England adding to the 40 players – and 23 Revolution Academy products – who have made their professional debuts with Revolution II thus far.