MARBELLA, Spain – The New England Revolution fell to Russian Premier League side FC Krasnodar, 2-0, on Sunday morning in Marbella, Spain. Krasnodar tallied twice in the second half to hand New England its first loss in three matches this preseason, with the fourth and final contest in Spain slated for Wednesday, Feb. 6 against FC Dynamo Kyiv.
A scoreless first half saw limited chances for either side, but Krasnodar claimed the lead in the 50th minute when a free kick from Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov took a strong deflection off teammate Ivan Ignatev and found the back of the net. The Europa League contenders doubled the lead in the 78th minute when a pass through the box found Suleymanov, who curled his left-footed shot into the upper left corner.
Two Revolution players made their preseason debuts in the match after recovering from minor injuries, as forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Luis Caicedo each entered the contest in the second half. Agudelo played 30 minutes, while Caicedo saw 15 minutes in the midfield before making way for Scott Caldwell. Meanwhile, newcomer Carles Gil played 60 minutes in his second outing with the Revs, while 2019 MLS SuperDraft picks Tajon Buchanan and DeJuan Jones saw 60 and 30 minutes of action, respectively.
The Revolution will return to preseason action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. ET against Ukrainian power FC Dynamo Kyiv at Marbella Football Center. Dynamo represents New England’s third consecutive opponent gearing up for the Europa League Round of 32 this February, as they will take on Greek outfit Olympiacos F.C. later this month.
New England Revolution 0, FC Krasnodar 2
February 3, 2019 – Marbella, Spain
Krasnodar – Ivan Ignatev (Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov) 50’
Krasnodar – Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov 78’
NE – Diego Fagundez (Yellow Card – Dissent) 55’
New England Revolution (1st Half): Matt Turner, Gabriel Somi, Michael Mancienne ©, Antonio Delamea, Brandon Bye, Wilfried Zahibo, Diego Fagundez, Tajon Buchanan, Justin Rennicks, Juan Fernando Caicedo, Carles Gil
New England Revolution (2nd Half): Brad Knighton, Gabriel Somi (Edgar Castillo 60’), Michael Mancienne © (Jalil Anibaba 60’), Antonio Delamea (Trialist 60’), Brandon Bye (Andrew Farrell 60’), Justin Rennicks (DeJuan Jones 60’), Wilfried Zahibo (Luis Caicedo 60’, Scott Caldwell 75’), Diego Fagundez (Zachary Herivaux 60’), Tajon Buchanan (Isaac Angking 60’), Juan Fernando Caicedo (Juan Agudelo 60’), Carles Gil (Teal Bunbury 60’)