Revolution II Edged by Chattanooga
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Revolution II (1-4-2, 5 pts.) fell to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium, 2-1. Orlando Sinclair scored his first goal as a member of Revolution II while goalkeeper Joe Rice recorded eight saves on the night.
Chattanooga opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a 40-yard strike by defender Jason Ramos. Sinclair leveled the match just before halftime with his first goal of the season, assisted by Connor Presley. An own goal by New England's Diego Souza in the 83rd minute was the difference on the night.
Revolution forward Isaie Louis, 15, made his professional debut in the 87th minute, becoming the youngest player to feature for Revolution II this season. He is also the 12th current or former Academy player to make an appearance for Revolution II this year, and the 19th different player to make his professional debut with Revolution II.
New England will hit the road for its next four contests, beginning with two matches next week against FC Tucson on Wednesday, September 16 and Union Omaha on Saturday, September 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday and 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday with both matches streaming live on ESPN+ in the United States.
New England Revolution II 1, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC 2
September 9, 2020 - Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Orlando Sinclair off the Mark in 2020
- Forward Orlando Sinclair scored his first goal of the season in first-half stoppage time, a header assisted by Connor Presley. The Deportivo Saprissa product tallied two shots on the night in an 87-minute shift.
Isaie Louis Becomes Youngest Ever to Play Professionally for Revolution Franchise
- Forward Isaie Louis made his first appearance of the season, becoming the youngest player to feature professionally for Revolution II at age 15.
- The Everett, Mass. product is the 19th different Revolution II player to make his professional debut this season and the 12th current or former Academy product to do so.
Diego Souza Makes First Start
- Defender Diego Souza, 17, made his first professional start and second appearance of the season in tonight's match, playing 90 minutes at left back. The Hyannis, Mass. resident finished the night with a team-high four interceptions and nine possessions gained.
Joe Rice Records Eight Saves
- Goalkeeper Joe Rice set a new career single-game high with eight saves on the night, topping his previous high of six set on three separate occasions this season.
- Rice currently leads all USL League One goalkeepers this season with 33 saves.
Revolution II Makes Four Changes to the Starting Lineup
- New England saw four changes to the starting lineup from its most recent match on Sept. 4 vs. Forward Madison. Diego Souza, Colby Quinones, Connor Presley, and Mayele Malango getting the nod in place of Ryan Spaulding, Ryo Shimazaki, Tiago Mendonca, and Michael Tsicoulias.
Referee: Joshua Encarnacion
Assistant Referees: Tyler Wyrostek (AR1), Ian Mangione (AR2)
Fourth Official: Thomas Snyder
Weather: 73 degrees and cloudy
CHA - Jason Ramos (Josue Soto) 10'
NE - Orlando Sinclair (Connor Presley) 45'+2
CHA - Diego Souza (Own Goal) 84'
CHA - Jonathan Ricketts (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 45'
CHA - Ronaldo Pineda (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 89'
NE - Connor Presley (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 90'+1
New England Revolution II: Joe Rice; Diego Souza, Collin Verfurth (Tiago Mendonca 69'), Jon Bell, Colby Quinones; Maciel, Nicolas Firmino, Damian Rivera (Hikaru Fujiwara 69'); Connor Presley, Mayele Malango (Meny Silva 69'), Orlando Sinclair (Isaie Louis 87').
Substitutes Not Used: Keegan Meyer, Nathan Metsack, Ryan Spaulding.
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Alexander Mangels; Jonathan Rickets, Jason Ramos, Leo Folla, Rick Ruiz; Josue Soto, Ualefi (Ricardo Zacarias 54'), Tanner Dietrich; Steven Beattie (Alexi Jaimes 81'), Connor Doyle, Ronaldo Pineda (Nikolaos Pettas 90'+7).
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Trilk, Isaiah Dargan, Travis Nicklaw.
New England Revolution II Team Statistics Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
9 (5) Shots (on Target) 13 (9)
8 Saves 4
2 Corner Kicks 5
0 Offsides 1
14 Fouls 0
449 (80.0%) Passes Attempted (% Completed) 407 (78.9%)
52.7% Possession 47.3%
POSTGAME QUOTES: New England Revolution II 1 vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC 2
Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay
On Joe Rice's performance:
Peay: "He did a good job and I think he made the saves he's supposed to make. He was a fairly commanding presence overall in the box. [Chattanooga] scored a tremendous goal for the first one and the second one is always difficult when the ball goes back post and sort of a bang-bang into the goal. He did well for us."
On Orlando Sinclair's first goal of the season:
Peay: "For a goal-scorer, it's always good to get the first goal and once you do a lot of guys get more confident in and around the box so that's the hope. I think it gives him confidence in and around the box to get on the end of crosses, take shots, and with his finishing."
On the team competing for 90 minutes:
Peay: "I thought their effort was good for 90 minutes and never thought they let off the gas. Naturally, there's ebbs and flows in the game but they showed good fight and good competitive spirit."
On bounces not going your way:
Peay: "You've got to create your own luck by putting pressure on the opponent and the more and more you do that, the more luck goes your way. So we just need to continue to do what we want to try do and create more opportunities in front of goal for our team and hopefully we'll be able to capitalize off that."
On the upcoming four-game road trip:
Peay: "I think we have our identity but in terms of focus, maybe being on the road and just a group of 18 guys will help. But in general, I think the guys just need to take it one day at a time, one game at a time, and realize that we're just trying to get better every time we step on the field and hopefully we grow from each game."
Revolution II Goalkeeper Joe Rice
On making eight saves on the night:
Rice: "Before the game, coach made a point of wanting us to compete. So that got me in the mindset of just wanting to perform at the highest level I possibly can. Fortunately for me, the shots were within my reach and I was able to get them."
On limiting defensive lapses:
Rice: "First off, I thought the guys put in a great performance. We're young so we're still figuring everything out. Along with that is learning how to finish out a game and we just have to pick our moments of when to be smart about game management and I think we're putting together a good group and I think we'll be able to put together a full 90 minutes and get a win or draw coming forward."
On Chattanooga's opening goal:
Rice: "We were obviously expecting a service into the box and when the ball was played over to the middle I was screened, there were just all the bodies in front of me. And unfortunately I saw the ball late popping over everybody and got a hand to it, but as a goalkeeper you want to make those saves but at the end of the day you just have to take it as what it is."
On the upcoming four-game road trip:
Rice: "I think each game comes with positives and negatives and I think we're continuing to build ourselves as a team and who we are as a team. I think these four games will definitely show what we've been working on."
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