Kenji Mboma Dem’s strike leads FC Cincinnati 2 to a 1-0 victory over New England Revolution II

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FOXBOROUGH, MA— The New England Revolution II (4-2-8, 16 pts.) were 0-0 versus FC Cincinatti 2 (10-1-4, 30 pts.). on Sunday afternoon.

The match was set for a 6:00 p.m. ET. The match took place at NKU Soccer Stadium in Highland Heights, Kentucky to a sold-out crowd of 2,000.

The team started their lineup in a 4-3-3 formation with goalkeeper JD Gunn starting in the net with a backline of (left back) Moshtaba Al-Hasnawi, (center backs) Eric Klein and Santiago Suarez, along with (right back) Damario McIntosh. The midfield consisted of Lucas Maciel (left), Patrick Leal (center), and Olger Escobar (right). The forward roles were manned by Gevork Diarbian (left), Malcolm Fry (right), and Alex Monis (central) as the lone striker.

First team players Santiago Suarez and Malcolm Fry started the match while Joshua Bolma began the match on the bench.

This is Malcolm Fry’s 50th career MLS NEXT Pro appearance.

Starting XI

The match kicked off with FC Cincinatti 2 kicking off from the center circle and quickly advancing the ball into New England’s defensive third.

FC Cincinatti had the first moment of the match just one minute in as midfielder #35 Kenji Mboma Dem’s effort was met with a save by JD Gunn.

New England’s first chance came in the 6th minute when Patrick Leal’s freekick delivery was cleared.

FC Cincinatti’s next chance came in the 16th minute when midfielder #45 Moises Tablante took on two defenders and took a close-range shot that was met with a save by goalkeeper JD Gunn.

FC Cincinatti had yet another chance when midfielder #35 Kenji Mboma Dem got in behind and had a clear chance, but his close-range effort went high over the crossbar.

New England’s next chance came in the 26th minute when Patrick Leal’s freekick delivery was met with save by goalkeeper #45 Paul Walters.

Less than one minute later, goalkeeper #45 Paul Walters was called once again to make a save when Lucas Maciel’s low-driven cross was blocked once more for a corner kick.

Entering the 35th minute, FC Cincinatti 2 gained the 1-0 advantage.

After receiving the ball centrally, midfielder #35 Kenji Mboma Dem took two touches before unleashing a rocket of a shot that was deflected off of DaMario McIntosh and into the top right corner past JD Gunn for the 1-0 advantage.

New England’s next chance came in the 41st minute when Malcolm Fry’s close-range effort was met with a spectacular save by goalkeeper #45 Paul Walters.

FC Cincinatti had the final chance of the half when forward #44 Benjamin Stitz’s close-range effort was met with a save by JD Gunn. The center official then called a handball on Stitz, and play restarted with a Revolution freekick, rather than a corner kick.

After the initial 45+1 minutes, the match entered halftime with FC Cincinatti 2 ahead 1-0.

Prior to the start of the second half, FC Cincinatti 2 head coach Tyrone Marshall made his first change of the match by replacing midfielder #52 Yair Alexander Pérez with midfielder #43 Jesús Castellano.

The second half kicked off with New England starting from the center circle and quickly advancing the ball into FC Cincinatti’s defensive third.

FC Cincinatti 2 had the first chance of the second half when #44 Ben Stitz effort in the 47th minute forced a catch diving save by goalkeeper JD Gunn.

In the 55th minute, FC Cincinatti defender #38 Brian Schaefer was issued a yellow card for a harsh foul on Alex Monis.

Following the foul, New England Revolution II head coach Richie Williams made his first two changes of the match by replacing DaMario McIntosh and Olger Escobar for Marcos Dias and Alexandru Pârvu.

In the 60th minute, FC Cincinatti 2 head coach Tyrone Marshall made his second change of the match by replacing forward #44 Ben Stitz for forward #77 Stefan Chirila.

New England had the next chance of the second half when Marcos Dias’ effort in the 63rd minute was met with a simple save by goalkeeper #45 Paul Walters.

Just two minutes later, New England had yet another chance to level the scoreline when Malcolm Fry’s effort just missed the inside of the left post.

In the 71st minute, New England Revolution II head coach Richie Williams made his third change of the match by replacing Gevork Diarbian with Joshua Bolma.

Less than one minute later, Joshua Bolma had a right-footed effort that bent just high and wide over the net.

In the 60th minute, FC Cincinatti 2 head coach Tyrone Marshall made his third and fourth change of the match by replacing midfielder #35 Kenji Mboma Dem & defender #48 Juan Manuel Machado with midfielder #40 Alejandro Guido & defender #80 Lincoln Matuskiewicz.

FC Cincinatti 2’s next chance came entering the 85th minute when forward #46 Guilherme Santos was met with a save by goalkeeper JD Gunn.

Entering the 86th minute, Revolution II head coach Richie Williams made his fourth and final change of the match by replacing Alexandru Pârvu (who entered in the 57th minute) with Andrej Bjelajac.

Entering the 89th minute, FC Cincinatti 2 head coach Tyrone Marshall made his fifth and final change of the match by replacing forward #46 Guilherme Santos for midfielder #50 Yeiner Valoyes.

FC Cincinatti 2’s next chance came in the 90+1 minute when forward #77 Stefan Chirilla’s effort was made with a foot-stop by goalkeeper JD Gunn.

Entering the 90+2 minute, Revolution II midfielder Lucas Maciel was issued a yellow card for a foul on midfielder #50 Yeiner Valoyes.

After the 90+4 minutes, FC Cincinatti 2 held on for the 1-0 victory.

With the result, New England fall to 12th in the MLS NEXT Pro Eastern Conference Standings.

Richie Williams and the New England Revolution II (4-2-9, 16 pts.) return home to face Eastern Conference side Philadelphia Union II (9-3-3, 32 pts.). The match will kick off at Gillette Stadium at 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 6th. For more MLS NEXT Pro content, you can find it on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.

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