FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (7-2-2, 24 pts.) defeated Orlando City B (2-4-3, 11 pts.), 2-1, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. Noel Buck opened the scoring in the fifth minute with Marcos Dias extending New England’s lead in the 56th minute. Jacob Jackson made his 10th start in net this season, making two saves on three shots faced to notch his seventh victory in MLS NEXT Pro action.
Brazilian midfielder Michel distributed his third assist of the season on Buck’s goal, sending a through ball to the Homegrown midfielder into open space as Buck sailed the ball through to the bottom left corner. New England carried a 1-0 lead at halftime.
“We sort of had the ball around the left side, and we've been working on this in training," Buck said postgame. "It's like someone comes up, they come with them, and then the space behind them is open, and so I recognized it. I went in behind. Michel played a great ball, and it's really funny because the center back just didn't come to the ball for some reason. He was there. He could have gotten there, but he didn't, and he just left me a lot of space. And of course, I'm going to finish that, so it works out.”
Dias added to the scoring with his third goal of the season, tying Homegrown midfielder Damian Rivera for the team lead. Brazilian midfielder Ryan Lima recovered the ball after trying to send it past Orlando’s defense and passed it to Dias in the center of the box who sent it straight through to the bottom right corner. Orlando got on the board in the 71st minute, but New England maintained the 2-1 lead to secure three points.
"I thought the guys played fantastic," Head Coach Clint Peay stated. "Defensively I thought they were sound. A couple hiccups, but overall, very pleased. They worked very hard. They were committed to the game plan, and I thought they created a ton of chances and probably unfortunate not to score a few more."
New England recorded 20 shots in the match with Homegrown midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic taking six of them for a career high in his 85 minutes played. Lima led the team in shots on target with three.
New England returns to action on Saturday, June 18 as Revolution II remains at home to face Rochester New York FC at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 2, Orlando City B 1
June 11, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- Homegrown midfielder Noel Buck scored his first goal of the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season in his 30th career start with New England’s second team.
- Brazilian forward Marcos Dias scored his third goal of the season, tying Homegrown midfielder Damian Rivera for the team lead.
- Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson made two saves on three shots faced to secure his seventh victory in MLS NEXT Pro play.
- Defender Sean O’Hearn made his 30th professional start with Revolution II on his 24th birthday.
- Homegrown midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic made his 20th professional start with New England’s developmental team and recorded a career-high six shots in his 85-minute appearance.
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero.
Assistant Referees: Ian Mangione (AR1), Nicole Vesia (AR2).
Fourth Official: Kenneth Rojas.
Weather: 70 and partly cloudy.
NE – Noel Buck (Michel) 5’
NE– Marcos Dias (Ryan Lima) 56’
ORL– Jack Lynn (Mauro Bravo) 71’
ORL – Javier Otero (Yellow Card) 5’
NE– Jake Rozhansky (Yellow Card) 38’
ORL– Alejandro Granados (Yellow Card) 44’
ORL– Andrew Forth (Yellow Card) 57’
ORL– Moises Tablante (Yellow Card) 64’
ORL– Mauro Bravo (Yellow Card) 77’
ORL– Alejo Tangredi (Red Card) 90’+3’
New England Revolution II: Jacob Jackson; Ítalo, Pierre Cayet, Mike Deshields (Ben Reveno 85’), Sean O’Hearn; Jake Rozhansky, Noel Buck, Michel (Ryan Spaulding 72’); Esmir Bajraktarevic (Hikaru Fujiwara 85’), Ryan Lima (Meny Silva 75’), Marcos Dias (Jack Panayotou 72’)
Substitutes Not Used: Marzuq Puckerin, Max Weinstein, Morris Matthews, Jack Burkhardt.
Orlando City B: Javier Otero; Ignacio Galvan (Nicolas Taylor 69’), Brandon Hackenburg, Andrew Forth, Owen Van Marter (Alejo Tangredi 60’); David Boccuzzo (Quembol Guadelupe 90’+3), Alejandro Granados (Mauro Bravo 53’), Erick Gunera Calix (Ethan Subachan 69’); Moises Tablante, Jack Lynn, Victor Yan Souza Santos
Substitutes Not Used: Dominic Periera, Dominic Bell, Liam Guske.