FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II earned their first win of the 2020 preseason, defeating USL Championship side Hartford Athletic, 1-0, in a closed-door scrimmage at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
New England midfielder Ryan Spaulding scored the game’s lone goal in the 31st minute, curling in a left-footed free-kick from just outside the box. Spaulding, 21, joined Revolution II in January from North Carolina FC of the USL Championship. He also played professionally at Stade Briochin in France, and two years at the collegiate level with UNC Charlotte. Forward Connor Presley, one of the first four players signed to the Revs II roster, registered a pair of efforts on target during the first half.
A number of current Revolution Academy players continued to feature in preseason action. Dennis Ramirez (Waltham, Mass. – 2001) started for the second straight preseason contest while Colby Quinones (Bedford, N.H. – 2001), Kaoru Fujiwara (Lexington, Mass. – 2001), and Nathan Metsack (Ashford, Conn. – 2001) came on as substitutes.
Revolution II continues preseason play next with a trip to face USL Championship side New York Red Bulls II on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2:00 p.m. The team’s inaugural USL League One regular season begins on Saturday, March 28 with a home match against Orlando City B at Gillette Stadium. For all the latest Revolution II news and updates, visit the Revolutionsoccer.net.
New England Revolution II 1, Hartford Athletic 0
February 22, 2020 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
NE – Ryan Spaulding 31'
NE – Connor Presley (Yellow Card) 20'
HFD – Matheus Silva (Yellow Card) 72'