Revenge, A Dish Best Served Cold
Revolution II will be looking to serve up some revenge in their game on Wednesday without Isaac Angking. They face the Chattanooga Red Wolves, who currently sit in the middle of the standings. Meanwhile, the Revs II sit uncomfortably at the bottom of the ladder. The two teams' previous meeting ended in a 4-0 rout, with Chattanooga beating New England.
Young kids from Revs II will be looking to come out and stamp their mark on the league. They currently have one win under their belt as they try to form lasting chemistry. Coach Clint Peay needs the team to commit to "being better with the ball," as he was quoted in his media availability.
Injuries plague New England
Revolution II currently has four players out on the injury report. Morris Matthews and Dennis Ramirez are and have been out for the season thus far. Simon Lekressner, who previously played for a USL League two team, is currently out as well. He incurred an injury in the first game against Orlando City B. He will be out of games for the rest of the season.
The major injury that Revs II are dealing with is Isaac Angking. Angking was listed as questionable against Forward Madison. Revs II confirmed him definitely out for this game against Chattanooga. Isaac has been a force in the middle of the field, providing New England with a controlling attacking midfielder. Coach Peay has said he looks forward to using Damien "Tico" Rivera as a strong replacement for Isaac.
Erasing Defensive Errors A Must
Revolution II find themselves in a loss streak consisting of two 4-0 routs. The back four have found themselves the reason for most of those goals. Clint Peay feels that "being better defensively" and "not making silly mistakes" are the issues. I also attribute the defensive, silly mistakes to less confident defenders being nervous on such a big stage.
Revs II currently have 18 players who have either graduated from the Revs Academy or are currently members of the Revs Academy playing up. Beyond those players, most of the team consists of players from the USL League Two, USL Championship, and even a player from the National Premier Soccer League. The team is still timid and unformed. It's tough to feel comfortable with the players in front and behind you when you're not sure about yourself.
Chattanooga Ready For a Battle
The Red Wolves will be ready to pounce on Revs II after such a one-sided game in their previous match-up. Mark Hernandez and Greg Hurst, the team's top scorers, are questionably out with muscle strains. Without their biggest scorers, Chattanooga will be looking to midfielder Steven Beattie and forward Eamon Zayed to produce more goals.
The Red Wolves managed the win against Revolution II only ten days ago. They also drew against Fort Lauderdale FC just four days ago. They will look to continue their good run of form heading into Gillette.
The Revs II will be looking to come out on top in this one to prove to the league that they belong. Without Isaac Angking, I think Damien Rivera comes in and commands the midfield with ease. The defense will no doubt have trained hard after the past two games. I see fewer defensive mistakes coming out of this training. Joe Rice will command the net again after such great saves in the past two games he played. It will also help that New England are back on home turf against Chattanooga.
I predict a hard-fought 2-2 draw against the Red Wolves. The attackers for Revs II will strike out hard after having such a long goal drought. I see Nicolas Firmino and Damien Rivera linking up for a goal. Orlando Sinclair will also need to shake his own personal drought and finally show Clint Peay he deserves to own the striker position. Mayele Malango will also look to get back in the scorer's column.
Where to Watch
The Revs II games are streamed on ESPN+ domestically. They are also on Youtube, streamed for those watching internationally.