New England Revolution II will host Rochester New York FC in their home opener at Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening. The contest kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET and will stream on MLSNEXTPro.com. Sunday’s match will also mark the first Revolution II home game where fans will be in attendance. Revolution II Season Memberships and single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information, email email@example.com or call 1-877-GET-REVS.
Revolution II is coming off a 2-2 draw against New York City FC II, in which it earned an extra point with the first shootout victory in MLS NEXT Pro history. Both of New England’s goals came from Homegrown midfielder Damian Rivera, who recorded the first multi-goal game of his career and the third brace in team history. Midfielder Michel Costa da Silva also recorded the first assist of his career on Rivera’s second goal. Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson got the start in net. New England’s first round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft made eight saves in his professional debut.
“He did very well. He was clean,” Head Coach Clint Peay stated when asked about Jackson’s performance. “Anything that he had to hold and not give up a spill or rebound, he was very clean. He made a big save for us at one point in the game, so very happy with that. And I thought as it related to kind of us building out the back and doing some things, he showed a lot more patience than the first time he was with us in terms of letting us open up, getting into our shape and making good decisions on where to start the attack.”
Alongside Jackson, Jose Italo, Ben Reveno, and Trevor Zwetsloot also made their professional debuts with 90-minute performances in the season opener, with Malcolm Fry debuting with a substitute appearance. Fry became the 19th Revolution Academy player to make their professional debut with Revolution II, playing 11 minutes. New England also saw starts from Academy graduates Esmir Bajraktarevic, Hikaru Fujiwara, and Meny Silva with substitute appearances from Colby Quiñones and Isaie Louis.
Rochester New York FC played its first match as an organization in over 1,600 days last Friday, their season on the road vs. St. Louis CITY2. Bruno Baltazar’s squad recorded three shots while goalkeeper Caíque Luiz Santos da Purificação made two saves on four shots faced. Rochester led their game in possession (57.1%), duels won (55), and tackles won (12), but ultimately fell in the game by a score of 2-0.
Match #2: Revolution II vs Rochester New York FC
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR AGAINST ROCHESTER NEW YORK FC II:
- Revolution II playing its first home match in front of fans at Gillette Stadium.
- Revolution II beginning a point streak after notching two points in the season opener last Sunday.
- Any youth player becoming the 20th Revolution Academy to make their professional soccer debut with the team, adding to the 19 Academy products who have debuted with Revolution II thus far.
- New England newcomer Ryan Lima, one of four Brazil natives on the Revs II roster, potentially making his debut with the club.
- Sean O’Hearn making a 76-minute appearance to reach 2,000 minutes played with Revolution II.