Revolution II Inspired After Tucson Game
We hope the New England Revolution II got in defensive set-piece training before this game. They defended well enough all match against Tucson FC. It came down to a mismatch on a corner kick whipped into an open man, due to poor marking by Sinclair. Coach Clint Peay told the boys that defending is an all team affair. Surely, he will have had a chat with the team about keeping everyone in check.
The inspiring moments in the Tucson game involve Tiago Mendonca. He was a general of the game, dictating play with the long passes to the wings. Mayele Malango was a bright spot when he subbed into the game at the 70-minute mark. Malango has shown to be a great asset in games, testing the keeper whenever he plays with shots on goal. He replaced a fatigued Justin Rennicks. Rennicks was a great focal point for the attack, also getting great minutes with strong turns and shots.
Strong Defensive Showings
Tiago Mendonca was not only a huge part of the Revolution's attack last game. Mendonca provided great cover as the right center back, pairing with Jon Bell. The team only allowed Shak Adams to get behind, whose speed destroys any defense. Still, while Adams was able to get behind, Joe Rice was there to take care of any issues.
Colby Quinones and Diego Souza have taken up residence in the wing-backs position. Quinones has provided great passing work with Connor Presley on the right side. Souza's defending has looked suspect in the past, but he only was beaten by speed during the game against Tucson. The boys in the back will look to keep their defensive acumen to a high standard.
Set-piece defense will need a re-tweaking after the team on the whole allowing Tucson to get behind them. Rice will need to search the
3rd Place Union Omaha Look To Climb Standings
Union Omaha is coming off of a loss to the Chattanooga Red Wolves. They will look to keep their home-stand undefeated as they haven't lost a game at home all season. Their forwards Ethan Vanacore-Decker and Evan Conway have both provided a strong attack, combining for four goals on the season. Vanacore-Decker was the USL League One player of the month in August. He provided two goals, four assists, and drew a penalty to earn it.
The Union Omaha currently sits in the third with the possibility of tying for second place, with the Red Wolves a game ahead of them. The aggressive defense of Omaha will be something the Revolution II will need to overcome to win this. The great home-field advantage also piles on the pressure for the Revs II to produce in the attacking third. One thing that they can push on is the tendency of Union Omaha to gather yellow cards. Omaha has accumulated 18 thus far this season.
Union Omaha will try to defend their home-stand undefeated situation. They will fail ultimately at the hands of a more coordinated attack from Revolution II. Rennicks found his niche upfront last game. He will look to do the same and provide some Gustavo Bou-inspired finishing. I tap Rennicks to provide the lone goal to break the undefeated streak at home for Union Omaha. Mayele Malango will provide a bit more of a dangerous streak to get Rennicks open.
The defense will stand up strong as they did against Tucson. Mendonca will continue providing great transition soccer and provide some great chances from around the box as well. Jon Bell and company can prove to this league that their defense is for real. Joe Rice will have another five or more save night. Rice will create great chances for the midfield and attackers after a more controlled release from the back in recent games. A necessary strong point needs to be set-piece defending.
The game will end at 1-0 Revolution II. All will rejoice after a long winless streak.
Where To Watch
ESPN+ for those in the United States of America. All those outside the U.S. will watch at the USL League One Youtube account.