FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (4-4-1, 13 pts.) will close the month of June with a midweek contest at Forward Madison FC (3-2-4, 13 pts.), the club’s second trip to Wisconsin in 10 days. The USL League One contest is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET and is available nationally on ESPN+.
Revolution II has put together consecutive clean-sheet performances, most recently claiming a 3-0 victory over North Texas SC at Gillette Stadium last Saturday night. Justin Rennicks, Ryan Spaulding, and Damian Rivera all tallied their first goals of the season over a seven-minute span in the second half, the latter converting from the penalty spot. For Rennicks, it was his fifth goal for Revolution II, the most in the club’s brief history. Connor Presley and Sean O’Hearn tallied assists on Rennicks’ game-winning goal while Jake Rozhansky added his team-leading third assist, and second in as many games, on Spaulding’s goal.
A season-high three Revolution II players were selected to the USL League One Team of the Week for Week 12 following the shutout win, as Spaulding, Rozhansky, and Rivera all earned the honor. Rivera makes his appearance on Team of the Week this season, while Rozhansky and Spaulding are on the squad for the second time this season. Spaulding has garnered the distinction after each of his last two matches.
With three wins in the last five games, New England has lifted itself above the playoff line into sixth place with a 4-4-1 record on the year. Two of Revolution II’s wins have come on the road – the season opener at Fort Lauderdale CF on April 10 and the most recent visit to Forward Madison on June 19.
Forward Madison FC enter Wednesday night’s matchup winless in the five matches with a 0-2-3 record over that stretch. Following a 2-0 defeat to New England on June 19, Madison played to a 2-2 draw at Greenville Triumph SC on June 23. The Flamingos raced out to a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes, but Greenville erased the deficit, netting the equalizer from the penalty spot late in the second half. In the all-time series, Madison holds a 2-1-0 advantage over New England.
Match #10: Revolution II vs. Forward Madison FC
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m. ET*
Location:* Breese Stevens Field (Madison, Wis.)
Streaming: ESPN+ (National) / YouTube (International)*
Talent:* Josh Eastern (play-by-play)
Here are a few top storylines to watch for during Wednesday’s contest:
- Revolution II extending its club record by scoring multiple goals in a fifth consecutive game. New England has scored two or more goals in five of its first nine matches this season.
- New England extending its shutout streak that currently sits at 193 minutes dating back to June 12.
- Midfielder Hikaru Fujiwara, a Revolution Academy product from Lexington, Mass. who signed a USL League One contract in May, adding to his seven appearances and one assist this season. Fujiwara needs 39 minutes to reach 500 in his professional career.
- 16-year-old midfielder Noel Buck (Arlington, Mass.) continuing to appear in every match for Revolution II this season and lead the team in scoring (three goals).
- Academy forward Michael Tsicoulias making his 10th professional appearance and eighth this season. The Newton, Mass. resident has already scored two goals during the current campaign.
- Revolution Homegrown Players Justin Rennicks and Damian Rivera appearing together in an 10th straight game to begin the 2021 season.
- Midfielder Jake Rozhansky recording an assist in a third-straight match. The captain leads Revolution II with three assists this season, tied for the most in the club’s brief history, and has completed over 93 percent of his passes so far this season.
- First-team defender Collin Verfurth earning minutes for the third straight match since returning from injury. The 2020 League One leader in clearances recorded 10 in his first start since Oct. 24, 2020 last weekend.
- Defender Ryan Spaulding making an appearance to become the first player in club history to play in 25 matches with Revs II. Spaulding is 194 minutes shy of reaching 2,000 in his career.
- Goalkeeper Joe Rice returning to action after posting his second clean sheet during his last outing at Forward Madison. Rice has five clean sheets in 13 games with Revs II.