Revs open preseason with win

REPORT UPDATED WITH INFORMATION FROM PRESS RELEASE

The New England Revolution won its first preseason match, 2-1, against PDL expansion team FC Tucson in a modified 105 minute match on Saturday at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Gambians Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally each scored in the match that was broken up into two 35-minute periods and a final 45-minute period.  The Revs switched line-ups all three periods. Trialists Jeremiah White, Junior N’Tame, and David Foley all saw time as did unsigned MLS Supplemental Draft picks Dawyne “Rick” Smith, Alec Purdie, Mike Roach, and Kevin Garcia. Saër Sène is no longer training with the team, according Revolution Staff Writer & Online Host Jeff Lemiux.

The Revs started the match with veteran Matt Reis in goal behind a backline of Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, John Lozano and Chris Tierney. White started with Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph and first round draft pick Kelyn Rowe in the midfield while Roach played up top with Nyassi.

The Revs went scoreless in the first 35 minute period, but came close with Lozano hitting the crossbar off a corner kick early in the match.

For the second 35 minute period N’Tame replaced Lozano and Fernando Cardenas and Rick Smith played up top, replacing White and Roach with Nyassi moving to right midfield.

Nyassi would open the scoring three minutes after moving to the right, heading in a cross from Rowe. Smith had two chances to add to the lead, but  saw a 40th minute header off a cross from Rowe go high and a 59th minute header off a Rowe corner kick cleared off the line.

The Revs started the final 45 minute period with a completely new line-up. Bobby Shuttleworth was in net behind rookie Tyler Polak, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, and Zak Boggs. Purdie joined Clyde Simms, Diego Fagundez and Ryan Kinne in the midfield with Kenny Mansally and Zack Schilawski playing up top.

Kinne would set-up the Revs winning goal 19 minutes into the final period after being fouled in the box by FC Tucson’s Harvey Martinez.  Mansally would step up and finish the penalty to put the Revs ahead 2-0.

FC Tucson would put some pressure on the Revs as the match came to its conclusion, with Milos Dragic pulling one back for the local club in the 101st minute. Juan Mendez would miss a couple of late chances for FC Tucson before the match finished 2-1.

Foley and Garcia appeared for the Revs as substitutes in the final period.

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About Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue has been covering the New England Revolution since 2002 for various publications. He has covered four MLS Cups, in addition to covering various international matches, including World Cup Qualifying and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has done freelance work for the AP and ESPN Boston. Sean hosted Revolution Recap, a weekly radio program covering the New England Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team from 2005-2008. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters. Sean can be reached at nesoccertoday@gmail.com or followed on twitter @SeanLDonahue