New England Soccer Today

Revs Beat Rhinos in Open Cup Play

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A reserve-laden Revolution team beat an undermanned Rochester Rhinos (USL) 3-0 in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup fourth round tie at Chapey Field in Providence, R.I.

The locals struck right before the break after Teal Bunbury sent it through from the spot in the 44th minute only moments after Zachary Herivaux was brought down inside the box by a Rochester defender Wal Fall.

Donnie Smith headed through a Daigo Kobayashi corner kick in the 50th minute. Herivaux added another in the 51st minute after goalkeeper Tomas Gomez failed to corral a Femi Hollinger-Janzen shot.

Rochester’s Joe Farrell was sent off in the 40th minute after picking up his second caution of the evening.

What it means: For the second straight year, a trip to the round of 16 awaits the Revolution, who will face the winner of Wednesday’s New York Red Bulls-New York City FC fourth round clash on Jun. 28 at location to be determined.

A rematch for Revs & Rhinos in Providence: Wednesday’s tilt was the second time the Revolution have hosted Open Cup action in the capital city of the nation’s smallest state. The first time it happen, the locals faced the very same Rhinos at Stevenson Field in Providence, home of the Brown University soccer teams.

Reserves get first minutes of 2017: Donnie Smith, Brian Wright, and Zachary Herivaux were among those getting their first minutes of the season with the first team. All three have been loaned to USL outfits at various points this season in order to get more playing opportunities.

Back to league action: The Revolution return to league play on Saturday when they host the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30pm. Earlier this season, the Revolution suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Fire at Toyota Park.

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