FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (9-10-5; 33 pts.) fell to Philadelphia Union II (11-9-4; 40 pts.), 3-1, in its season finale on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Forward Weverton and Homegrown midfielder Damian Rivera led the team with three shots on target, as midfielder Ryan Lima scored his fourth goal of the season in the match.
Philadelphia scored three times in the first half to secure a swift lead. New England saw a penalty kick opportunity after Weverton drew a foul in the box. The Brazilian striker took the shot in the 42nd minute, but Philadelphia’s Matt Freese made the save as New England would head into half time down by three.
Revolution II got on the scoreboard in the 79th minute as Rivera moved around three Union defenders to serve the ball to Lima, who sailed a left-footed shot into the top right corner of the net. New England saw one more scoring opportunity in the 85th minute from Rivera but would ultimately fall in the match by a score of 3-1.
“Personally, I feel like I’ve developed myself really well. I think I started to understand what the coach asked of me. And I think I was able to take on a leadership role towards the end of the season and contribute offensively as well," defender Pierre Cayet said postgame. "And collectively, I think we had a great start to the season. We started having a slow moment halfway through the season and finished a little bit better, but at this level, it’s important to stay consistent and keep that level high, so frustrating right now, but I think everyone put the effort in and we’ve grown as a team.”
Revolution II’s season comes to an end as the team closes out their 2022 MLS NEXT Pro campaign in seventh place with 33 points.
New England Revolution II 1, Philadelphia Union II 3
September 18, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
· Midfielder Ryan Lima scored his fourth goal of the season in the 79th minute of the game.
· Forward Weverton and Homegrown midfielder Damian Rivera each led the team with three shots on goal in the match.
· Academy goalkeeper Max Weinstein made six saves in his eighth appearance with New England’s second team.
· With the start, Colby Quiñones marked his 50th appearance with Revolution II.
· New England closes out their 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season in seventh place at 9-10-5 with 33 points.
Referee: Natalie Simon
Assistant Referee: Patrick Casey
Assistant Referee: Ian Mangione
Fourth Official: Stephanie MacFarland
Weather: 80 and sunny.
PHI – Matt Real 14’
PHI – Jeremy Rafanello 20’
PHI – Chris Donovan (Jeremy Rafanello) 37’
NE – Ryan Lima (Damian Rivera) 79’
NE – 12’ Max Weinstein (Yellow Card)
PHI – 42’ Matt Real (Yellow Card)
PHI – 45’ Nathan Harriel (Yellow Card)
NE – 47’ Colby Quiñónes (Yellow Card)
PHI – 52’ Richard Odada (Yellow Card)
NE – 52’ Weverton (Yellow Card)
PHI – 90’ Anton Sorenson (Yellow Card)
PHI – 90’+ 4’ Francis Westfield (Yellow Card)
New England Revolution II: Max Weinstein; Ítalo (Ryan Spualding 63’), Pierre Cayet, Ben Reveno, Colby Quiñones; Sean O’Hearn (Brandonn Bueno 63’), Michel (Ryan Lima 71’), Noel Buck (Hikaru Fujiwra 82’), Marcos Dias, Weverton (Malcolm Fry 63’), Damian Rivera.
Substitutes Not Used: Jack Burkhardt, Steban Lopera, Marzuq Puckerin
Philadelphia Union II: Matt Freese; Anton Sorenson, Matt Real, Cole Turner, Nathan Harriel; Maike Villero (Francis Westfield 64’), Richard Odada (Logan Oliver 86’), Bajung Barboe (Juan Perdomo 86’), Boubacar Diallo; Chriss Donovan (Stefan Sotjanovic 72’), Jeremy Rafanello (Nelson Pierre 72’).
Substitutes Not Used: Nathan Nkanji, Anthony Ramirez, Noe Uwimana.