The New England Revolution are back! This week the Revs take on the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium with a Thursday at 7:30 p.m. match time. This match was initially scheduled for Friday but was bumped up a day. That shift works in New England favor as it provides them an extra day of rest in preparation of their second match.
This match with Philly marks one of six matches in what MLS is calling Phase I of their return to market plan. Really is Phase II if you think about it, after all, Nashville SC and FC Dallas who flunked out of Orlando have already played two matches in home markets.
New England is 7-16-5 all-time against the Union and 4-5-3 at-home. The Revs last played the Union in the first knockout round of the MLS is Back Tournament, a match that New England lost 1-0 and Bruce Arena saw red. The last time the Union were at Gillette was 6/16/19, a match that ended in a 1-1 draw. New England is winless in their last five MLS regular season meetings with the Union (0-4-1).
Revs II Draw At Texas
On Saturday night Revolution II recorded a 3-3 draw at North Texas SC. With the draw Revs II move to 0-1-1 on the USL League One season, earning a point against the reigning USL League One champions.
This match was the Revs Academy show. Nicolas Firmino had a goal and Rhode Islander Isaac Angking recorded a brace in the second half putting the entire team on his back.
“Obviously I was excited score my first two goals, I couldn’t do it without the rest of the team,” said Revs midfielder Isaac Angking.” But it doesn’t matter, we didn’t get the result we wanted so we’ve just got to keep pushing forward and get ready for the next game.”
Prior to this match Revs II were goaless but that changed in the 16th minute when Firmino scored. In addition to recording a goal Revs II had the fist active Revolution Academy player to make a start with defender Colby Quinones in the Starting XI.
“He did great,” said Revs II head Coach Clint Peay on Colby Quinones performance. ”He was fearless, made some good plays, and defended hard. He hasn’t played 90 minutes yet so obviously got tired towards the end of the game so that started to take a toll. But overall, he was great.”
Ready to get busy? Revs II will play three matches in an eight-game span starting on Friday when they host the Richmond Kickers. Revs II drew the short stick with the first team with their Thursday match kicked to Friday.