FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The 2021 USL League One season came to a close for New England Revolution II (11-13-4, 37 pts.) on Friday afternoon with a 1-0 defeat at Toronto FC II (10-10-8, 38 pts.). Toronto forward Paul Rothrock fired in a volley in the 62nd minute off a cross from Luca Petrasso to give the Reds a lead.

With a constant wind of up to 30 miles per hour blowing across the field, both sides struggled to provide service into the box. An early cross from Justin Rennicks hung up in the air for Edward Kizza, but the striker couldn’t get on the end of the blowing ball. Kizza’s best chance came in the 57th minute, when his shot was punched away by Toronto goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell.

Defensively, New England was aided by first-team players Jon Bell and Maciel, both of whom earned minutes with Revolution II following a 90-minute effort at the MLS level last Sunday. Four other first-team players started the match New England with Justin Rennicks, Edward Kizza, Damian Rivera, and Collin Verfurth all playing 90 minutes.

New England’s 2021 season comes to an end following Friday’s match, as the result eliminates Revolution II from playoff contention while keeping Toronto FC II alive. The USL League One regular season concludes with four matches on Saturday.

New England Revolution II 0, Toronto FC II 1
October 29, 2021 – BMO Training Ground (Toronto, Ontario)

  • New England Revolution II fell on Friday afternoon at Toronto FC II, 1-0, closing the 2021 USL League One with a record of 11-13-4 (37 points).
  • Defender Ryan Spaulding recorded team highs in duels won (9), tackles (4), and interceptions (2) and also recorded a blocked shot and a shot attempt.
  • Defender Sean O’Hearn had a team-high 12 recoveries to go along with nine duels won, six clearances, three tackles, and a pair of chances created.
  • Defender Collin Verfurth pitched in with seven recoveries, three clearances, three tackles, and two interceptions while winning three of his four duels.
  • Forward Damian Rivera had a team high two shots and completed 22 of his 24 passes (91.7%) including one key pass.
  • Forward Edward Kizza registered the lone attempt on target for New England on the afternoon, also factoring in with one key pass.
  • Defender Jon Bell had a team high seven clearances, won five of his seven duels, and added seven recoveries in a 90-minute effort.
  • Midfielder Noel Buck recorded a pair of shot attempts, had one key pass, and won his lone aerial duel of the afternoon.
  • Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay made three changes to the Starting XI from New England’s last match on Oct. 16 at Greenville Triumph SC, with Collin Verfurth, Jon Bell, and Maciel starting in place of François Dulysse, Tyler Freitas, and Esmir Bajraktarevic, respectively.

Michael Mund
Assistant Referees: Peter Pendli (AR1); Maroune Mouhtadi (AR2).
Fourth Official: David Barrie.
Weather: 54 degrees and cloudy.

Scoring Summary:
TOR – Paul Rothrock 4 (Luca Petrasso 3) 62’

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Maciel (Yellow Card – Bad Foul) 37’
NE – Noel Buck (Yellow Card – Dissent) 66’
NE – Jake Rozhansky (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 90’+3
NE – Joe Rice (Red Card – Handball) 90’+4

New England Revolution II: Joe Rice (Red Card 90’+4); Ryan Spaulding, Collin Verfurth, Jon Bell, Sean O’Hearn; Maciel (Yannik Oettl 90’+6), Jake Rozhansky ©, Noel Buck (Esmir Bajraktarevic 84’), Damian Rivera; Justin Rennicks, Edward Kizza.

Substitutes Not Used: François Dulysse, Tyler Freitas, Colby Quiñones, Dennis Ramirez, Hikaru Fujiwara.

Toronto FC II: Caleb Patterson-Sewell; Kobe Franklin, Talen Maples, Kevin Politz © (Antony Curic 45’), Luca Petrasso; Steffen Yeates, Antonio Carlini; Paul Rothrock, Julian Altobelli (Dante Campbell 87’), Rohan Goulbourne (Hugo Mbongue 90’+2); Garrett McLaughlin (Kosi Thompson 83’).

Substitutes Not Used: Andres Vaikla, Mehdi Essoussi, Themi Antonoglou.