BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – New England Revolution II (7-3-3, 25 pts.) fell to Chicago Fire FC II (3-6-4, 13 pts.), 3-4, on Sunday night at SeatGeek Stadium. After facing an early two-goal deficit, Brazilian midfielder Ryan Lima opened the scoring and Pierre Cayet scored minutes later to tie the game. New England conceded twice in the second half, with Michel scoring the game’s final goal in stoppage time.
Chicago scored goals in the 13th and 17th minutes to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but New England quickly bounced back. In the 33rd minute, Meny Silva sent a ball to the center of the box, where Lima was able to connect with a first-time finish for his third goal of the season. Soon after, New England was awarded a corner kick in the 36th minute, which Jake Rozhansky whipped in for Cayet to head home and knot the game at two.
“Well, it was much needed," Cayet said postgame. "I feel like that was a long-awaited goal for me. I've had a couple of chances in the beginning of the season to score headers and I think we've been getting better at set pieces so that was really important for me to help the team in that way today and it was my first goal so that was a plus.”
Chicago retook the lead in the 55th minute and tallied again in the 76th minute to retake a two-goal lead. New England pulled back within one as Michel scored with a left-footed shot in the 93rd minute following a fast break led by Ítalo, but Revolution II ultimately fell short for their third loss of the season through 13 games.
“it wasn't our best game. I thought we had too many guys who had off days and Chicago was good on the day," Head Coach Clint Peay stated. "I thought they moved the ball well and defended collectively, made it difficult for us and at the end of the day we got outplayed.”
New England returns to action on Sunday, July 3 as Revolution II heads north of the border to take on Toronto FC II at York Lions Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 3, Chicago Fire FC II 4
June 26, 2022 – SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, Ill.)
- Brazilian midfielder Ryan Lima scored his third goal of the MLS NEXT Pro season and is now tied for the team lead with Marcos Dias and Damian Rivera.
- Defender Pierre Cayet scored his first goal of the season in the 36th minute, a header off Jake Rozhansky’s corner kick, to tie the game at two.
- Brazilian midfielder Michel scored his second goal of the season in the 93rd minute.
- Brazilian defender Ítalo notched his second assist in as many games on Michel’s stoppage-time goal. With his 90-minute performance, Ítalo surpassed 1,000 minutes played with Revolution II this season.
- Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson made his 12th start of the season and surpassed 1,000 minutes played with Revolution II this season.
Referee: Esad Omanovic.
Assistant Referees: Eric Wood (AR1), Christian Little (AR2).
Fourth Official: Greg Dopka.
Weather: 80 and partly cloudy.
CHI – Alex Monis (Omari Glasnow) 13’
CHI – Victor Bezzera (Charlie Ostrem) 17’
NE – Ryan Lima (Meny Silva) 33’
NE – Pierre Cayet (Jake Rozhansky) 36’
CHI – Ryan Quintos (Unassisted) 55’
CHI – Victor Bezzera (Sergio Oregel) 76’
NE – Michel (Italo) 90’+3
NE – Mike Deshields (Yellow Card) 3’
CHI – Ryan Quintos (Yellow Card) 20’
NE – Italo (Yellow Card) 31’
NE – Ryan Lima (Yellow Card) 43’
CHI – Carlo Ritaccio (Yellow Card) 80’
New England Revolution II: Jacob Jackson; Italo, Pierre Cayet, Mike DeShields, Sean O’Hearn; Hikaru Fujiwara (Noel Buck 46’), Trevor Zwetsloot, Jake Rozhansky; Meny Silva (Esmir Bajraktarevic 62’), Marcos Dias, Ryan Lima (Michel 63’).
Substitutes Not Used: Marzuq Puckerin.
Chicago Fire FC II: Mihajlo Miskovic; Charlie Ostrem, Ryan Quintos, Carlo Ritaccio, Justin Reynolds (Christian Baumgartner 81’); Javier Casas (Matteo Kidd 46’), Sergio Oregel, Richard Fleming; Alexis Monis (Josh Penn 46’), Victor Bezerra (Erik Kocs-Washburn 81’), Omari Glasgow.
Substitutes Not Used: Allan Rodriguez, Diego Alvarado, Aaron Katsimpalis, Michael Flores, Noeh Hernandez