FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (8-8-4; 29 pts.) will travel to Monroe Community College on Saturday, August 27 to take on Rochester New York FC (7-8-5; 30 pts.) for the third and final encounter between the two sides this season. The match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET and streams on MLSNEXTPro.com.
Revolution II fell at Philadelphia Union II, 5-1, in its most recent match this past weekend. Academy goalkeeper Max Weinstein highlighted the match with a season-high nine saves and defender Colby Quiñones scored his first professional goal in the 87th minute. The game also featured a pair of professional debuts as 16-year-old Academy defenders Jack Burkhardt and Steban Lopera both entered the game in the 69th minute, marking the 24th and 25th Academy players to make their professional debuts with New England’s second team since its inaugural season in 2020.
“This team is made for younger guys to get the opportunity to play and obviously when [Jack Burkhardt and Steban Lopera] were able to play against Philly, it was good for them to get their pro debut, and Max [Weinstein] has been working very hard lately to just be able to step up in such an important role,” defender Pierre Cayet said. “For me personally as a leader, it’s important for me to make them feel welcome, make them feel safe, and make them feel like they can try things and be themselves and not be too scared about the actual game, so I think they’ve been doing good and the team has been welcoming them as well.”
New England last met Rochester on June 18 at Gillette Stadium where both teams played to a 1-1 draw, with Rochester securing the extra point in the shootout. Ryan Lima tied the game in the 59th minute, scoring off a header for his second of the season with Italo earning the assist.
Revolution II currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 29 points. With four games remaining, only six points separate the second through seventh place teams in a tightly-packed Eastern Conference. Three of Revolution II’s final four games come against Northeast Division opponents, Rochester, New York City, and Philadelphia. The top four teams in each conference will qualify for the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro Cup Playoffs.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR AGAINST ROCHESTER NEW YORK FC:
· Forward Marcos Dias adding to his team-leading six goals and 49 shots on the season.
· Defender Pierre Cayet appearing in his 40th match with Revolution II.
· Forward Weverton making his first appearance with New England since signing with the team on August 11.
· Academy goalkeeper Max Weinstein making his fifth consecutive start after recording a career-high nine saves last weekend.
· New England adding to the 42 players – and 25 Revolution Academy products – who have made their professional debuts with Revolution II thus far.