FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (9-9-4; 32 pts.) defeated Orlando City B (6-11-5; 25 pts.), 2-0, on Friday night at Gillette Stadium. Revolution Academy goalkeeper Max Weinstein made two saves en route to his second career clean sheet. Academy forward Malcolm Fry and defender Ítalo each scored their first professional goals to seal New England’s ninth victory and seventh shutout of the season.
“Yeah, that was a good effort. Played some good soccer out there and created a lot of good chances," Head Coach Clint Peay said postgame. "And, you know, it’s a young team Orlando has, so we understand that, but they’re talented. It was just good to kind of see us sort of dictate the tempo of the game.”
Revolution II recorded four shots on goal in the half as Fry broke through in the 40th minute, capitalizing on a cross from Marcos Dias to secure his first professional goal in his fifth appearance with New England’s second team, sending New England into halftime leading 1-0.
“It feels like 17 years in the making. I’ve been thinking about that moment," Fry stated. "I was in traffic on the way here and I was getting nervous, and I was thinking how amazing it would be to get that first goal. And I rolled my ankle kind of. I paid the price on it, but it was all worth it and made every bad moment up to now worth it. It was amazing.”
Ítalo extended Revs II’s lead in the 52nd minute, capitalizing on a cross in from Ryan Lima from the center of the box with a left-footed shot for his first MLS NEXT Pro goal.
“First, I’m happy for the victory. It was something we were looking for. We worked a lot this week to play a good game.," Ítalo said. "I’m also happy to score the first goal with this team now and will work harder next week to repeat performances like this.”
New England now sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with just three points separating the second and sixth place teams.
With two games remaining in the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro regular season, Revolution II returns to action on September 10 when they travel to Belson Stadium to face NYCFC II. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 2, Orlando City B 0
September 2, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
- Tonight’s win moves New England into sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 32 points. Three points separate second and sixth place with two games remaining in the regular season against potential playoff contenders, NYCFC II and Philadelphia Union II.
- Academy forward Malcolm Fry scored his first professional goal in his first start with New England’s second team.
- Defender Ítalo recorded his first MLS NEXT Pro goal in the 52nd minute as he surpassed 1,500 minutes played this season with his 90-minute appearance.
- Academy goalkeeper Max Weinstein made two saves in the match en route to his second professional shutout.
- Defender Sean O’Hearn made his 40th career start with Revolution II.
- Midfielder Jake Rozhansky logged his 45th appearance with New England’s second team.
Referee: Wes Caouette
Assistant Referee: Max A. Smith
Assistant Referee: Alexandru Focea
Fourth Official: Stephanie MacFarland
Weather: 73 and sunny.
NE – Malcolm Fry (Marcos Dias) 40’
NE – Ítalo (Ryan Lima) 53’
ORL – Thomas Williams (Yellow Card) 32’
ORL – Favian Loyola (Yellow Card) 48’
NE – Ryan Lima (Yellow Card) 63’
NE – Meny Silva (Yellow Card) 70’
ORL – Tahir Reid-Brown (Yellow Card) 77’
ORL – Victor Yan (Yellow Card) 82’
ORL – Tyler Prebenda (Yellow Card) 89’
NE – Ítalo (Yellow Card) 90’ +1
New England Revolution II: Max Weinstein; Ítalo, Pierre Cayet, Ben Reveno, Sean O’Hearn; Trevor Zwetsloot, Michel (Brandonn Bueno 79’), Jake Rozhansky, Ryan Lima (Meny Silva 66’), Marcos Dias, Malcolm Fry (Weverton 66’).
Substitutes Not Used: Marzuq Puckerin, Steban Lopera, Jack Burkhardt, Mike DeShields, Hikaru Fujiwara.
Orlando City B: Caique; Javier Otero; Alex Freeman, Tahir Reid-Brown (Tyler Prebenda 79’), Michael Halliday, Brandon Hackenberg (Nicolas Taylor 60’); Favian Loyola, Ignacio Galvan (Theo Franca 46’), Victor Yan, Alejandro Granados; Moises Tablante, Thomas Williams.
Substitutes Not Used: Dominic Pereira, Dominic Bell, Erick Gunera-Calix, Zakaria Taifi, Ian Silva.