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Match Preview: Carolina Core FC vs. New England Revolution II March 31, 2024


Match Details

  • Date: Sunday, March 31
  • Kickoff time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gillette Stadium

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Carolina Core FC record: 0-1-1 (2 points – 11th in East)
NE Revolution II record: 0-1-0 (0 points – 14th in East)

Key Storylines

Carolina Core FC continues its inaugural MLS NEXT Pro campaign with a road match at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution II. The Foxes come into the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Atlanta United 2. Josuha Rodriguez earned his MLS NEXT Pro debut after scoring the game-winning goal against Nova FC in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup. Former LAFC 2 defender Christian Diaz also made his MLS NEXT Pro debut after playing 45 minutes against Nova FC. In a game that saw many firsts, Jesus Orejuela impressed in his first MLS NEXT Pro start. Forward Pachittoo Polanco also recorded his first start for the club after contributing 2 goals and 1 assist in his first 2 appearances for CCFC.

Player To Watch

Carolina Core FC midfield orchestrator Jacob Evans was the focal point of the team’s biggest chances against Atlanta United 2 last Sunday. Evans dictated the pace of the team’s attack, registering 34 passes with 94% pass accuracy. The CCFC captain showcased an attacking threat by contributing four scoring attempts in the match. Evans’ pressing efforts created multiple turnovers in the midfield, and he often drove forward after winning the ball in the middle and defensive thirds of the pitch. The Chester, England, native will look to continue demonstrating that high intensity against New England Revolution II this Sunday.

Get to Know New England Revolution II

New England Revolution II enters this match having only played one game in the MLS NEXT Pro season, following a bye week during Matchday 1. The Revs II are coming into the match following a 2-1 defeat on the road to Philadelphia Union II. The side is led by head coach Richie Williams, who served as the first team’s assistant coach from 2019 to 2023. This is Williams’ first season at the helm of the MLS NEXT Pro side.

The team currently sit in 14th position of the Eastern Conference standings. New signing Alex Monis, formerly of Chicago Fire FC II, is a player to watch out for in the upcoming match at Gillette Stadium. He opened the scoring against Philadelphia Union II on Sunday with a left-footed strike to the middle of the goal. Monis looked dangerous throughout the match, as he took on defenders 1v1 and created several scoring opportunities for the Revs II. The new signing registered 3 shots, 2 key passes, and drew 1 foul. The Revs II search for their first win of the season against Carolina Core FC on Sunday afternoon.