Press Release

Box Score | New England Revolution II (4), Philadelphia Union II (3)

Philadelphia Union II faced off against New England Revolution II at Subaru Park on Sunday afternoon, falling 4-3. In the first half, both sides made the most of their attacking opportunities and New England would open the scoring just 10 minutes in, when midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic’s free kick took a deflection into the back of the net to give the side the 1-0 advantage. Minutes later, Jeremy Rafanello played a pass to forward Chris Donovan to tie up the score at 1-1. In the 24th minute, Chris Donovan played a ball across the face of the goal to set up midfielder CJ Olney who put Union II up 2-1. In the second half, forward Chris Donovan took a shot from a tight angle, sneaking into the back post to complete his brace and put Union II up 3-1. New England midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic pulled one back for Revolution II in the 75th minute to set a 3-2 scoreline. New England tied up the match when Marcos Dias found the top corner from close range, and in second half stoppage time the Revolution were able to take advantage of a man up opportunity, with Esmir Bajraktarevic finding the game winner.

Philadelphia Union II are on the road at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex on Wednesday, May 24 (7:00 p.m. ET / where they play Crown Legacy FC.

 Philadelphia Union II (3) – New England Revolution II (4)
Subaru Park (Chester, PA)
Sunday, May 21, 2023


REF: Jonathan Bilinski
AR1:Patrick Casey
AR2: Zeno Cho
4TH: Stephen Foster
Weather: 74 degrees and partly cloudy.


NE – Esmir Bajraktarevic 10’
PHI – Chris Donovan (Rafanello) 17’
PHI – CJ Olney (Riasco) 24’
PHI – Chris Donovan (Rafanello) 51’
NE – Esmir Bajraktarevic (Rozhansky) 75’ 
NE – Marcos Dias 82’
NE – Esmir Bajraktarevic (Rivera) 90+1’


PHI – Maike Villero (caution) 40’
PHI – Francis Westfield (caution) 43’
PHI – Maike Villero (second caution, ejection) 86’


Philadelphia Union II: Holden Trent, Juan Castillo (Anton Sorenson 65’), Hugo Le Guennec (Carlos Rojas 66’), Daniel Krueger, Jeremy Rafanello, Christopher Olney (Stefan Stojanovic 65’ ), Maike Villero, Boubacar Diallo, Francis Westfield, José Riasco (Nelson Pierre 80’), Chris Donovan (Luke Martelli 87’).

Substitutes not used: Anthony Ramirez, Andrew Rick, Noe Uwimana, Luciano Sanchez.

New England Revolution II: Jacob Jackson, Peyton Miller (Colby Quiñónes 66’), Pierre Cayet, Victor Souza, Santiago Suárez (Jacob Akanyirige 66’), Esmir Bajraktarevic, Joshua Bolma (Malcolm Fry 46’), Jake Rozhansky, Damián Rivera, Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Weverton 80’), Marcos Dias (Ben Awashie 90 +4’).

Substitutes not used: Italo, Brandonn Bueno, Nakye Greenidge-Duncan, Nico Campuzano.

Team Notes

  • Midfielder CJ Olney scored his second MLS NEXT Pro goal of the season.
  • Forward Chris Donovan scored his first and second MLS NEXT Pro goals of the season.
  • Midfielder Jeremy Rafanello registered his second and third MLS NEXT Pro assists of the season.
  • Forward Jose Riasco registered his second MLS NEXT Pro assist of the season
  • Defender Carlos Rojas made his first MLS NEXT Pro appearance.

Philadelphia Union II are on the road at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex on Wednesday, May 24 (7:00 p.m. ET / where they play Crown Legacy FC.