Recap | Revs stretch unbeaten run to seven (6-0-1) with dramatic 2-1 win over Toronto FC


TORONTO – The New England Revolution (13-3-4; 43 pts.) defeated Toronto FC (3-10-6; 15 pts.), 2-1, on Saturday night at BMO Field to extend the club’s unbeaten run to a season-long seven games. Canadian international Tajon Buchanan, playing in front of a hometown crowd for the first time in his MLS career, netted the opening goal with a header in the 19th minute. The hosts tied the match at 1-1 on Jonathan Osorio’s goal in the 79th minute, before Adam Buksa drew a penalty kick and Gustavo Bou converted from the spot to give New England the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute.

With the club’s sixth win in the last seven games, the Revolution remain six points ahead in the Supporters’ Shield standings and currently sit 12 points clear atop the Eastern Conference. Tonight’s win was the Revolution’s fourth straight victory away from home, a feat only reached once before in club history (2008). Now 6-2-3 on the road, the club’s six away wins are tied for the MLS lead and a club record, while the team’s 13 total wins also pace the league.

With his game-winning strike from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute, Gustavo Bou moves into sole possession of first place in the MLS Golden Boot race. His 12 goals on the year are a career high as the Argentinian, who recorded his 50th MLS appearance tonight, now owns 11 goals in his last 13 games. Bou’s seven away goals this season also pace MLS. Of his 26 regular season goals in MLS, the tally was Bou’s first from the penalty spot.

Buchanan, making his first MLS appearance at BMO Field, lifts his season total to four goals, a career high. The Brampton, Ontario native’s goal was New England’s 20th first-half goal of the year, most in MLS. DeJuan Jones delivered the cross on Buchanan’s header, fiving him four assists on the year. Jones is currently one assist behind the league leader among defenders.

Matt Turner registered three saves en route to his ninth win of the season, setting a new career high. Turner improves to 9-2-4 on the season.

New England returns home to host D.C. United on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The 7:00 p.m. ET match will air locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio.

New England Revolution 2, Toronto FC 1 
August 14, 2021 – BMO Field (Toronto, Canada)

Team Notes:

  • The New England Revolution (13-3-4; 43 pts.) continue their historic start to the season with a 2-1 win against Toronto FC (3-10-6; 15 pts.) at BMO Field. The Revs’ 43 points are their most ever through 20 games played. 
  • New England’s lead in the Supporters’ Shield standings is currently six points, while the club’s lead in the Eastern Conference improves to 12 points over second-place New York City FC. 
  • The Revolution lead MLS with 13 wins, two more than the next-closest team. The Revs need only five more wins in their final 14 games to surpass the club record for victories in a season (17).
  • The Revs have claimed 19 of a possible 21 points during the club’s seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), its longest of the season. 
  • New England has now won four straight away games for the second time in club history (2008). 
  • The Revolution are 6-2-3 on the road in 2021. The club’s six away wins are currently most in MLS and tied for a club record (eight times; last: 2020). 
  • The Revs are now 11-0-2 this season when scoring the first goal, and 8-0-1 when leading at the half. The club’s 20 first-half goals lead the league.

Individual Notes:

  • Gustavo Bou’s goal from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute gave him the standalone lead in the MLS Golden Boot race with 12 goals on the season. Bou, who registered his 50th MLS appearance tonight, has scored 11 goals in his last 13 games. 
  • Tajon Buchanan, native of Brampton Ontario, scored the opening goal in his first-ever MLS match in front of his hometown crowd at BMO Field. The Canadian international’s four goals this MLS season rank third on the team. Buchanan finished with a team-best three shots over 87 minutes played tonight. 
  • DeJuan Jones delivered his career-high fourth assist of the season with a right-footed cross to Buchanan on his 19th-minute goal. Jones’ four helpers are tied for second most on the team and tied for second most among all MLS defenders. Jones finished with a team-highs in touches (70), key passes (3) and interceptions (3), along with eight possessions gained, two clearances, and two tackles in addition to his assist. 
  • Matt Turner improves to 9-2-4 on the season and 2-1-2 all-time against Toronto FC. Turner’s nine wins are a new MLS-career high, surpassing his total of eight victories reached in each of the last three seasons.  
  • Andrew Farrell made his 259th MLS appearance, moving within two games of tying the club’s all-time appearances record (261). Farrell logged five possessions gained as he remains the only Revolution player to play every minute this season. 
  • Bruce Arena’s MLS career record improves to 231-134-109 and 29-13-20 with the Revolution. He is now nine wins away from tying Sigi Schmid (240) for the most victories in MLS regular season history.

REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referee: Logan Brown (AR1), Gianni Fachini (AR2)
4th Official: Fabrizio Stasolla
Video Assistant Referee: Geoff Gamble
Weather: 75 degrees and sunny 

Scoring Summary:
NE - Tajon Buchanan 4 (DeJuan Jones 4) 19’
TOR - Jonathan Osorio 4 (Alejandro Pozuelo 4) 79’
NE - Gustavo Bou 12 (Unassisted - Penalty Kick) 83’ 

Misconduct Summary:
TOR - Marky Delgado (Yellow Card - Hard Foul) 48’
NE - Brandon Bye (Yellow Card - Hard Foul) 63’ 

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster (Tommy McNamara 55’), Maciel (Wilfrid Kaptoum 87’), Arnór Traustason (Teal Bunbury 76’), Tajon Buchanan (A.J. DeLaGarza 87’); Gustavo Bou ©, Adam Buksa

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Christian Mafla, Scott Caldwell, Emmanuel Boateng, Damian Rivera

Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Omar Gonzalez, Kemar Lawrence; Marky Delgado, Alejandro Pozuelo ©, Jonathan Osorio (Nick DeLeon 90+4’), Richie Laryea, Ralph Priso (Michael Bradley 69’), Ifunanyachi Achara (Patrick Mullins 69’); Yeferson Soteldo

Substitutes Not Used: Justin Morrow, Jayden Nelson, Noble Okello, Quetin Westberg, Jacob Shaffelburg, Auro Jr.

Full statistics available HERE.