TORONTO – New England Revolution II (7-3-4, 26 pts.) played to a 1-1 draw at Toronto FC II (5-6-2, 18 pts.) on Sunday night at Yorks Lion Stadium. Marcos Dias scored New England’s lone goal in the 50th minute, marking his fourth of the season and securing the team lead.
After taking a pass from Michel, Dias walked the ball down the left side of the box and curled a shot into the top-right corner of the net. The Brazilian’s fourth goal of the season moved Dias into sole possession of first place on the Revolution II scoring charts, moving him ahead of Ryan Lima and Damian Rivera.
“I’m very happy to be able to help the team scoring goals," Dias stated. "It’s not easy to adapt the in another country since the style of play is different, but with the help of my teammates I’ve been adapting very well. I hope to continue evolving and scoring more goals.”
Following a foul from Mike DeShields in the 82nd minute, Toronto’s Steffen Yeates scored on a penalty kick to tie the game at one. The game ended with honors even after 90 minutes. In the shootout, Jake Rozhansky, Sean O’Hearn, and Noel Buck each scored on their opportunities, but Toronto scored on all five of their chances to claim the additional point.
“I thought the guys played fairly well," Head Coach Clint Peay said postgame. "They defended well for the most part in dangerous, in-transition moments, but I think we could have taken care of the ball a little bit better in the second half and gotten the second goal if we did. Unfortunate to give a penalty away, probably a little bit questionable, but you just got to live with those calls.”
Revolution II returns to action on Sunday, July 10 as New England returns home to face New York City FC II at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m. ET on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 1(3), Toronto FC II 1(5)
July 3, 2022 – York Lions Stadium (Toronto, Ont.)
- Brazilian forward Marcos Dias scored his fourth goal of the season to move into first place on the team in goals.
- Brazilian midfielder Michel notched the assist on Dias’ goal and now leads Revolution II with four helpers. Michel led the team with a 96.2 passing percentage in the game.
- Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson made three saves on four shots faced in the match.
- Homegrown midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic made his 15th start with New England’s second team and recorded three shots with two on target.
- Midfielder Jake Rozhansky made his 35th professional start with Revolution II and surpassed 3,000 minutes played with his 90-minute performance.
- With the start, Homegrown midfielder Noel Buck notched his 40th career appearance with Revs II, recording two shots with one on target in the match.
Referee: Mario Al-Ayass.
Assistant Referees: Twayne Anderson (AR1), Mehmet Sen (AR2).
Fourth Official: Scott Decker.
Weather: 73 and partly cloudy.
NE – Marcos Dias (Michel) 50’
TOR – Steffen Yeates (PK) 84’
NE – Italo (Yellow Card) 39’
TOR – Julian Altobelli (Yellow Card) 45’
NE – Jake Rozhansky (Yellow Card) 72’
NE – Pierre Cayet (Yellow Card) 87’
TOR – Adam Pearlman (Yellow Card) 90’+2
New England Revolution II: Jacob Jackson; Italo (Pierre Cayet 81’), Ben Reveno, Mike DeShields, Sean O’Hearn; Michel, Jake Rozhansky, Noel Buck; Esmir Bajraktarevic, Marcos Dias, Ryan Lima (Trevor Zwetsloot 81’).
Substitutes Not Used: Marzuq Puckerin, Meny Silva, Hikaru Fujiwara, Giuseppe Ciampa, Alex Parvu.
Toronto FC II: Luka Gavran; Themi Antonoglu, Antony Curic, Adam Pearlman, Rohan Goulbourne; Kaeden Chung (Kobe Franklin 61’), Alonso Coello Camarero, Steffen Yeates; Julian Altobelli, Jordan Perruza (Paul Rothrock 61’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Reshaun Walkes 73’).
Substitutes Not Used: Baaj Maan, Kota Sakurai, Nakye Greenidge-Duncan, Stefan Karajovanovic, Hugo Mbongue.