FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (8-3-3; 27 pts.) defeated Atlanta United (2-4-7; 13 pts.), 1-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. Gustavo Bou delivered the game-winning goal, his team-leading seventh of the season, on a left-footed strike from the center of the box in the 18th minute. Forward Adam Buksa and midfielder Wilfrid Kaptoum registered the assists on Bou’s tally. With the win, New England sweeps the season series with Atlanta (2-0-0) as the Revs pick up their fourth clean sheet of the season.
Bou’s first-half tally was his sixth goal over the last seven contests. The Argentinian striker, who made his Revolution debut two years ago today on July 17, 2019, now owns 21 regular season goals – fourth most in MLS during that span – with seven assists. Buksa logged a game-high five shots and collected his first assist of the season, while Kaptoum collected his first helper in MLS. Meanwhile, Carles Gil registered game highs in touches (58) and key passes (5), in addition to three shots, including a curling left-footed effort in the 25th minute that struck woodwork.
Goalkeeper Brad Knighton made five saves in the clean-sheet performance, marking his first shutout since Oct. 13, 2018. The defense was anchored by the center back pairing of Henry Kessler and Andrew Farrell, as the latter continues to climb the club’s record books. Farrell became the third Revolution player to register 250 starts in a New England uniform, joining Matt Reis (253) and Shalrie Joseph (254). Right back Brandon Bye was also influential in defense as he won possession a game-high eight times.
New England returns to action on Wednesday, July 21, when the club visits Inter Miami CF at DRV PNK Stadium in the first-ever encounter between the two sides. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 1, Atlanta United 0
July 17, 2021 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
- The New England Revolution (8-3-3, 27 pts.) picked up three points on the road Saturday with a 1-0 win against Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Revs remain in first place in the Eastern Conference, where the club has been positioned since May 16.
- During the match, Revolution players and staff wore black armbands to honor the memory of Paul Mariner.
- The Revs are now 3-2-3 away from home this season, moving into a tie for the most away wins in MLS. New England owns a league-best 15 away wins (reg. season and playoffs) since Bruce Arena took over as head coach on June 2, 2019.
- The Revolution have swept the 2021 regular season series against Atlanta (2-0-0), marking the Revs’ first two wins all-time against the 2017 MLS expansion club (2-4-2; 1-3-0 away). Today’s defeat was Atlanta United’s first home loss of the season.
- Gustavo Bou tallied his sixth goal in seven games when he opened the scoring in the 18th minute, assisted by Adam Buksa and Wilfrid Kaptoum.
- Bou entered the week tied for the fifth-most goals in MLS. Now with seven goals on the year – most on the Revs – Bou is tied for third in the MLS scoring race as of the end of the match.
- Bou debuted for the Revolution two years ago today on July 17, 2019. He has totaled 21 regular season goals since then, fourth most during that span, while his 19 goals from open play are tied for third.
- The opening goal was New England’s 12th strike in the first half this season, most in MLS.
- Andrew Farrell is now the third player to make 250 MLS appearance in a Revolution uniform. He is four appearances away from passing Matt Reis (253) and tying Shalrie Joseph (254) for the club record in starts.
- The Revolution’s starting lineup included one change from the previous match on July 7 vs. Toronto, as Wilfrid Kaptoum started in place of Teal Bunbury. Kaptoum recorded his first MLS assist on Bou’s opening goal in his third start of the season – his first since May 22.
- Adam Buksa registered the primary assist on Bou’s goal, his first helper of the season and his third in MLS.
- Carles Gil finished the night with game highs in touches (58) and key passes (5). He also recorded three two shots – one on target – including a curling left-footed shot that rang off the post in the first half.
- Brad Knighton made his second start of the season in net and recorded five saves in his first MLS shutout since Oct. 13, 2018. It was the 14th shutout of his MLS career in 74 starts.
- Henry Kessler earned his third consecutive start and ninth of the season in central defense.
- Christian Mafla saw 18 minutes of action at left back, replacing DeJuan Jones in the 72nd minute to make his second MLS appearance.
REFEREE: Victor Rivas
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell (AR1), Chris Elliot (AR2)
4th: Jonathan Belinski
Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Terry Jr.
NE- Gustavo Bou 7 (Adam Buksa 1, Wilfrid Kaptoum 1) 18’
ATL- Alan Franco (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 69’
ATL- Jackson Conway (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 75’
NE- Henry Kessler (Yellow Card- Bad Foul) 77’
New England Revolution: Brad Knighton; Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye, DeJuan Jones (Christian Mafla 72’), Henry Kessler; Matt Polster, Maciel (Arnór Traustason 82’); Wilfrid Kaptoum (Tommy McNamara 67’), Carles Gil ©; Adam Buksa, Gustavo Bou (Teal Bunbury 83’)
Substitutes Not Used: Earl Edwards Jr., A.J. DeLaGarza, Jonathan Bell, Emmanuel Boateng, Scott Caldwell
Atlanta United: Alec Kann, Anton Walkes ©, Alan Franco, Brooks Lennon, George Campbell; Amar Sejdic, Jake Mulraney, Machop Chol; Marcelino Moreno, Erik Lopez (Tyler Wolff 77’), Erick Torres (Jackson Conway 58’)
Substitutes Not Used: Ronald Hernandez, Alex De John, Matheus Rossetto, Ben Lundgaard, Josh Bauer, Mikey Ambrose
Full statistics available HERE.