New England Revolution II (5-1-2, 18 pts.) defeated FC Cincinnati 2 (1-7-0, 3 pts.), 1-0, at NKU Stadium on Sunday evening. Brazilian forward Marcos Dias scored his second goal in as many games as Jacob Jackson made four saves to secure his fourth clean sheet in MLS NEXT Pro.
The match remained scoreless through the first half with Jackson making three stops to keep the game tied including a point-blank save in the 32nd minute. Rozhansky entered the match in the 46th minute allowing him to set up Dias, whose left-footed shot broke the deadlock. Dias’ goal, his second of the season, also served as the game winner as Revolution II notched their fifth win of the season.
“The ball was on the right side of the box. We were outside the box, and I can’t remember who played me the ball, but I played to my left foot," Rozhansky said. "I kind of just turned and I saw him inside at the right on top of the box, played it to him and then he did everything. I mean it was an amazing shot that ended up winning us the game so it’s credit to him. I didn’t really do much honestly.”
Defender Mike DeShields entered the starting lineup for the first time this season alongside forwardMeny Silva starting in place of Jake Rozhansky and Ben Reveno.
“I thought both guys have been working hard, deserved a look," Head Coach Clint Peay said postgame. "This team is about trying to bring players along and you have to see them in games, so it was important to give them that opportunity. I thought both equipped themselves fairly well, made some decent plays. You’d like to see Meny [Silva] finish that chance he has, but he got there which is good.”
New England returns to action on Friday, May 27 as Revolution II hosts Philadelphia Union II at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on MLSNEXTPro.com with tickets on sale now.
New England Revolution II 1, FC Cincinnati 2 0
May 22, 2022 – NKU Soccer Stadium (Highland Heights, K.Y.)
- Forward Marcos Dias scored his second goal in as many games, opening the scoring in the 53rd minute.
- Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson made four saves to record his fourth clean sheet in MLS NEXT Pro play.
- Defender Mike DeShields made his first start with New England, logging 79 minutes.
- Forward Meny Silva reentered the starting lineup for the first time since April 3.
- Midfielder Jake Rozhansky entered the game in the 46th minute as a sub for the first time in his New England tenure.
Referee: Joshua Encarnacion.
Assistant Referees: Ian Mangione (AR1), Alexandru Focea (AR2).
Fourth Official: Kenneth Rojas.
Weather: 67 and mostly cloudy.
NE – Marcos Dias (Jake Rozhansky) 53’
CIN – Morgan Marshall (Yellow Card) 16’
CIN – Harrison Robledo (Yellow Card) 18’
NE – Jake Rozhansky (Yellow Card) 59’
CIN - Arquimides Ordonez (Yellow Card) 90’+2
NE – Sean O’Hearn (Yellow Card) 90’+5
New England Revolution: Jacob Jackson; Ítalo, Pierre Cayet, Mike DeShields (Ben Reveno 78’), Sean O’Hearn; Trevor Zwetsloot, Noel Buck (Hikaru Fujiwara 76’), Esmir Bajraktarevic (Jake Rozhansky 46’); Meny Silva (Michel 78’), Marcos Dias, Ryan Lima (Colby Quiñones 67’).
Substitutes Not Used: Marzuq Puckerin.
FC Cincinnati 2: Beckham Sunderland; Ashton Kamdem (Owen Noverr 90’+4), David Garcia, Kai Thomas, Morgan Marshall; Zico Bailey, Nick Markanich (Maxwell Miller 65’); Avionne Flanagan (Marcel Ruszel 59’), Harrison Robledo, Gerardo Valenzuela (Andrew Akindele 59’); Arquimides Ordonez.
Substitutes Not Used: Khris Turcios, Leonardo Vazquez, Daniel Samways, Paul Walters