New England Revolution II (6-1-2; 21 pts.) are traveling to Fort Lauderdale to take on Inter Miami CF II (3-6-1, 10 pts.) at DRV PNK Stadium this Saturday, June 4. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will stream on MLSNEXTPro.com.
Revolution II is coming off a 1-0 win over Philadelphia Union II last Friday, the team’s third consecutive victory in MLS NEXT Pro, where goalkeeper Jacob Jackson secured his league-leading fifth consecutive clean sheet in MLS NEXT Pro action. The 2022 MLS SuperDraft first-round pick enters Saturday riding a personal shutout streak of 518 minutes. Academy graduate Meny Silva scored the lone goal of the match, his first as a professional, with the assist coming from Brazilian midfielder Ryan Lima.
“He sees plays that other guys don’t, and I think once some of the guys off the ball start to realize that he does have that vision, we’ll see more kind of runs in those areas from other guys, because they know he’ll deliver the ball,” Head Coach Clint Peay said of Lima. “But tremendous vision, gifted left foot to play that with the proper weight. We certainly think that he can be dangerous doing that for us.”
New England and Miami have met once so far this season at Gillette Stadium where New England secured a 1-0 victory. Revolution II outshot Miami 27-8 and logged seven shots on target in the match, while Ítalo created the game’s lone score, an own goal, with a dangerous cross into the penalty area.
“Yeah, well I think we have to be smart in how we manage the game and how we change the rhythm of the game,” Peay stated of this weekend’s match down in Florida. “It certainly can’t be 100 miles per hour from start to finish, so just understanding that as a group will be important for us, whether it’s defending in our pressing manner and sometimes backing off or going quickly into transition when we have the ball or sometimes slowing the game down. So, just being able to dictate rhythm will be important for us and obviously our preparation from now until the game time with hydrating and all that stuff will be important.”
On Monday, the Revolution announced the signing of defender Ben Reveno from the club’s MLS NEXT Pro roster. The San Jose, Calif. native appeared in eight matches and made seven starts with Revolution II this season, contributing to four clean sheets before making his senior team debut in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, a 105-minute performance at New York City FC on May 25. Reveno is the seventh player to ascend to the Revolution’s MLS roster after initially signing a professional contract with New England’s second team, along with Esmir Bajraktarevic (HGP), Jon Bell, Noel Buck (HGP), Maciel, Ryan Spaulding, and Collin Verfurth.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR AGAINST INTER MIAMI CF II:
- Revolution II earning points for the ninth time in their first 10 matches and extending their winning streak to four games.
- Brazilian forward Marcos Dias adding to his two goals in the last three games.
- Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson improving on his 88.4 saves percentage (1st) and 0.63 GAA (1st), both of which lead all MLS NEXT Pro goalkeepers (min. 400 minutes).
- Defender Sean O’Hearn reaching 2,500 minutes played with at least a 29-minute appearance.
- New England adding to the 38 players – and 21 Revolution Academy products – who have made their professional debuts with Revolution II thus far.