Revolution II | Justin Rennicks
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Recap | Rennicks strikes again as Revs II take down Orlando City B, 1-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution II (3-6-2, 11 pts.) earned its second straight victory, defeating Orlando City B, 1-0, on Saturday morning at Osceola County Stadium. Justin Rennicks provided the match’s lone goal, his second of the USL League One season, 30 seconds into the second half with an assist from Orlando Sinclair.

“Tiago did a great job winning the ball and played a great cross,” said Sinclair. “I saw Justin [Rennicks] in the middle and I just played it to him for the goal.”

The shutout marked the second consecutive clean sheet kept by New England and extended the team’s shutout streak to 262 minutes. Revolution II goalkeepers Joe Rice and Keegan Meyer combined for the shutout, with Rice exiting the match in the 66th minute due an injury. Academy defender Colby Quinones contributed to the clean sheet with a 90-minute outing at right back. The Bedford, N.H. native continues to lead Revs youth players in League One minutes.

We have confidence in Keegan, both he and Joe are phenomenal keepers,” said Revolution II defender Ryan Spaulding. “We honestly just played it like there was no difference – just keep with our gameplan and continue to work hard for each other, get the ball out, don’t make any mistakes – and I thought we did that.”

Midfielder Nicolas Firmino, who has started every game of the season for Revs II, tallied a game-high six shots, including three on target in a 90-minute effort. Fellow Homegrown Player Damian Rivera, who entered the game early in the second half, registered three shots, with one on target.

Midfielder Tiago Mendonca had another strong two-way showing, with two shots and three key passes on offense to go along with 12 possessions gained and two interceptions. The Providence College native led the team with 90 touches and completed 58 of his 68 passes, including 44 in the opposing half.

"We knew that if we pressured them it would be more direct and being able to win second balls, those battles, was to our advantage,” said Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay. “And from there it was just play. I think in the second half we were a little bit better than in the first half, not that we gave them too much respect but maybe showed a little confusion on how we wanted to press and we just had to discuss it at halftime to make adjustments.”

New England will conclude its four-game road swing next Saturday, October 3 with a trip to face the Richmond Kickers for the second-ever meeting between the two teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in the United States.

Orlando City B 0, New England Revolution II 1
September 26, 2020 – Osceola County Stadium (Kissimme, Fla.)

Rennicks Strikes For a Second Straight Match

  • Forward Justin Rennicks scored a goal for a second consecutive game, heading home a cross from Orlando Sinclair just 30 seconds into the second half.
  • The goal was Rennicks’ second in three League One games since joining Revolution II on loan from the first team, and marks his third tally as a professional.

Sinclair Finds the Scoresheet

  • For the third time in four games, forward Orlando Sinclair factored into a goal, recording his second assist of the season.
  • Sinclair finished the day with two shots, one on target, and three key passes.
  • The forward also got involved defensively, securing six possessions gained, three interceptions, and two tackles.

Quinones Goes 90 Minutes in Clean-Sheet Performance

  • Revolution Academy defender Colby Quinones made his eighth start of the season, playing 90 minutes at right back.
  • The Bedford, N.H. native, a member of the Revolution’s residency program, leads all Revs youth players in professional minutes this season (704).

Keegan Meyer Steps in for an Injured Joe Rice

  • Goalkeeper Keegan Meyer made his third appearance of the season and first since Aug. 29, coming on in the 66th minute to replace starter Joe Rice who was subbed off with an injury.
  • Rice made three stops in the match, while Meyer did not face a shot on target.

Revs II Roll Out Unchanged Starting XI for First Time in 2020

  • The starting lineup for New England went unchanged from last Saturday’s win over Union Omaha, the first time Revolution II has played the same starting lineup in consecutive games this season.
  • The bench saw a rotation of players with Academy standouts Diego Souza and Hikaru Fujiwara making the matchday-18 in favor of fellow youth players Michael Tsicoulias and Nathan Metsack.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Alex Billeter
Assistant Referees: Matthew Osterhouse (AR1), Sean Michael-Kemp (AR2)
Fourth Official: Gabriele Giusti
Weather: 86 degrees and partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:
NE – Justin Rennicks (Orlando Sinclair) 46’

Misconduct Summary:
ORL – Wilfredo Rivera (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 38’
ORL – Thomas Williams (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 42’
ORL – Mateo Rodas (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 82’
ORL – Jose Quintero (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 90’+2

New England Revolution II: Joe Rice (Keegan Meyer 66’); Ryan Spaulding, Jon Bell, Collin Verfurth ©, Colby Quinones; Maciel (Hikaru Fujiwara 79’), Tiago Mendonca, Nicolas Firmino; Connor Presley (Damian Rivera 58’), Orlando Sinclair, Justin Rennicks (Mayele Malango 79’).

Substitutes Not Used: Ryo Shimazaki, Diego Souza, Meny Silva.

Orlando City B: Austin Aviza; Jonathan Rosales (Mateo Rodas HT), Thomas Williams (Juan Pablo Monticelli 57’), Daniel Rosario, Michael Halliday ©; Owen Guske, Austin Amer (Fablo Oliveira HT), Jose Quintero; Moises Tablante (Aleksandar Gluvacevic 70’), Wilfredo Rivera, Mason Lamb (Kenji Tanaka 70’).

Substitutes Not Used: Javier Otero, Raul Aguilera Jr.

Orlando City B

Team Statistics

New England Revolution II

15 (3)

Shots (on Target)

18 (8)

7

Saves

3

7

Corner Kicks

8

1

Offsides

2

15

Fouls

11

385 (83.4%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

481 (86.1%)

44.6%

Possession

55.4%

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