FC Tucson, Revs II Battle For 9th Place In Arizona

FC Tucson, Revs II Battle For 9th Place In Arizona

Justin Rennicks Loaned Down To Revs II

Justin Rennicks hasn't been rated in Bruce Arena's first team as of late. He was last available as a sub for the Revolution on August 29th, 2020. Rennicks played in four matches this year, only amounting to a total of 32 minutes. Revs II will definitely enjoy adding his attacking IQ to the front of the team.

In such a small amount of time, he managed two shots. One of those shots were on goal. His passing percentage while on the field was impressive, boasting seven complete passes out of eight. He managed to get himself in the right areas on the field. His missed shot is surely one he'll want back. I think finding some confidence in front of the goal with Revolution II is a great chance for him.

Revolution II Pull Positives From Loss

New England has one win, five losses, and two ties. Revs II played the Chattanooga Red Wolves in a rematch last Wednesday after their first meeting was a blowout. They made a better effort while at Gillette and kept the game to 2-1. The Red Wolves managed to pull off a last-ditch effort to win on an own goal from defender Diego Souza.

Coach Clint Peay believes that Revs II has "made some really good progress in terms of just how we move the ball and how we play from an attacking standpoint." He fired another shot to the team's defensive efforts, hoping to see an improvement from that end. Defender Collin Verfurth sees the issue as a whole team effort and hearkens to Coach Peay's words. "Coach always says, 'if you look at the best teams in the world, all 11 guys on the pitch are working hard on defense.'

The team will look to improve on it's better defensive efforts against a floundering team such as FC Tucson. Tucson is currently on a win-less streak of three. The Chattanooga game was much better from a defense who had let in a total of eight goals in the prior two games. Joe Rice continues to be a bright spot in goal, he managed eight saves in the match against the Red Wolves. Orlando Sinclair finally tallied his first goal with the team since joining on loan from Costa Rican club Saprissa. Goal confidence will definitely help this attack against FC Tucson who has let two goals each of their past three games.

FC Tucson Win-Less Streak Continues

The Arizona based team FC Tuscon will be hoping to right the ship against Revolution II. Their home record doesn't fare well for doing so. Tucson is currently at zero wins, two losses, and one tie playing in the Kino Sports Complex's North Stadium. The Phoenix Rising FC-owned squad has managed to keep their shooting boots on with 11 goals on the season.

Forwards Shak Adams and Azaad Liadi have provided most of the attack thus far for Tucson. Adams has four goals this season while providing two assists. Liadi has three goals and one assist. Fellow forward Charlie Dennis has provided goal chances for the other forwards, adding two assists. Defender Elivelton Oliveira has helped with the attack, providing two assists. Overall, the team has attacking talent all over the field. They will look to pass through the Revolution defense that has seemed leaky at times.

Prediction

The Rennicks addition will only bolster the great attack that you saw in the last game. I'm not sure if we see him go the full 90 this game, most likely a sub in. Orlando Sinclair will get the start and look to capitalize on another set-piece with his clear eyes for goal. Nicolas Firmino and Damien Rivera will continue to run the midfield for Revs II. The defense has only gotten better since the Forward Madison game. Coach Clint Peay's words from the last match will inspire them. I see Joe Rice pulling a shut out in this one.

Orlando Sinclair looks to keep scoring goals.
Credit: Revolution Media

A 2-0 Revolution II win in this one is on the cards. Orlando Sinclair will continue his goal-scoring after he found the back of the net. Damien Rivera will add the second one with help from a renewed attacking mind-set with Rennicks on the field. Nicolas Firmino will end up with great attacking passes and gather both assists on the day. Connor Presley will have a brilliant game as well in defense.

Where To Watch

This USL League One match-up is on ESPN+ in the USA. For those Revs or Tucson fans in the rest of the world, the game is available on Youtube on USL League One's channel.

Written by Chris Creighton

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