Just about 12 hours after everyone cleared out of Gillette Stadium, we were all back for a reserve game at 10 a.m. against the Crew reserves this morning. The boys in blue – that would be the Revs – earned the 1-0 win behind a goal from guest player Nick Tornaritis and a shutout from Brad Knighton and the New England defense.
You can read the full recap here at revolutionsoccer.net, but we can give a first-hand account of the proceedings that can’t necessarily be found on the official game story.
It as wet. Wetter and more rainy than last night for the first-team game, as a matter of fact. This was a day when we are glad Gore-Tex has been created.
Jason Garey from the Crew could have scored four goals. But he’s on the other team, so we’re glad he didn’t. Brad made a nice save on one, and the the other three he put over the crossbar from moderately close range.
A nice collection of Revs came out for the game despite the rain, including Jay Heaps, Khano Smith, Sainey Nyassi, Kenny Mansally and Adam Cristman.
Rob Valentino served as team captain as Doug Warren remains on the injury list with a sprained elbow. Five players – Knighton, Valentino, Sam Brill, Amaechi Igwe and Chris Tierney – played the full 90 minutes. Nine guest players were called in for the game.
The Revs reserves have a brief break before their next game … 46 hours. The team will be on a short flight to Toronto on Tuesday morning to make up the teams’ game that was originally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24, but that had to be rescheduled because of our trip to Trinidad for the CONCACAF Champions League. We expect to travel 4-5 guest players for that trip, but plan on using mostly squad players in the match. While it is an international trip, the team will be up and back in a single day.