For the second time in a month Adam Buksa bagged a brace in a dominant New England Revolution win, and for the second time in a month that performance landed him on the MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi.
Buksa also added an assist in the Revolution's 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati on Saturday night, bringing his totals up to 10 goals and two assists on the season. The 6-foot-3 striker is now tied for fifth in the MLS Golden Boot race, just two goals behind Revolution teammate Gustavo Bou (12) and four back of league leader Raul Ruidiaz (14) of Seattle.
Showing a striker's instinct on both of his goals, Buksa's first arrived in the 33rd minute when he briefly stumbled inside the penalty area, regained his footing, then sidestepped his defender before finishing inside the far post. Buksa later capped the scoring with a first-time finish as Bou found his near-post run.
Before finding the back of the net himself Buksa had provided a secondary assist on Emmanuel Boateng's eventual game-winning goal, playing a stellar through ball to spring Tajon Buchanan down the right wing. Buchanan earned a spot on the Team of the Week bench with his own one-goal, one-assist performance.
"I try to score as many goals as I can, finish off my chances," Buksa said postgame. "Today, I had three or four chances, I finished off two of them. I’m very happy with that. When you have a player like Ema on the field, he can cross the ball very well. Whenever he gets the ball or Gustavo or Tajon, my only duty is to get to the box and try to find a spot to score. That’s my job.”
Buksa will be hoping for another big performance on Saturday night when the Supporters' Shield-leading Revs visit New York City FC in a critical Eastern Conference battle at Yankee Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, TV38, myRITV). He'll then depart straight from NYC to Poland, where he'll join up with the Poland National Team for a trio of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against England, Albania, and San Marino.