Group goal celebration vs. D.C. United (2020, Colonial)
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Recap | Late goals from Bou, Buksa lift Revs to second straight win, 2-0 over D.C. United

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (5-3-6, 21 pts.) defeated D.C. United, 2-0, at Audi Field on Sunday night. Gustavo Bou scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute, when he combined with Cristian Penilla and slotted a grounded shot by D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Adam Buksa added an insurance goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time with a chipped shot, securing New England’s second win at Audi Field this season.

Bou moves into the team lead in goals scored with five, and also adds a game-winning goal for the second consecutive game. This marks the second time this season Bou has scored in back-to-back games, having also tallied in consecutive matches on Aug. 25 at D.C. United and Aug. 29 vs New York. Bou also registered his third assist of the season on Buksa’s goal – surpassing his assists total from last season. Buksa found the back of the net for the third time this year, and the first time since July 17, after entering the match as a substitute in the 79th minute. He totaled two shots in 11 minutes of action.

Penilla registered the primary assists on both of New England’s goals, giving him four on the season and the most among Revolution players. Tommy McNamara, who replaced Matt Polster in the first half, also picked up a secondary assist on Buksa’s goal.

Midfielder Diego Fagundez moved into a tie with Matt Reis for second-most appearances in Revolution history when he entered the match as a substitute in the 67th minute. The 25-year old has registered 254 appearances in league play across 10 seasons with New England. With eight more appearances, Fagundez would eclipse Shalrie Joseph for the club’s all-time games played record.

In net, goalkeeper Matt Turner turned in his fifth shutout of the season – matching his previous single-season career high, which he set in 2018 and matched in 2019. His five shutouts this season are third in MLS only to Columbus’ Eloy Room (seven) and New York City’s Sean Johnson (six).

New England returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 3, when the club hosts expansion side Nashville SC for the first time ever. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will air on NBC Sports Boston, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and in Portuguese on WBIX 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA.

POSTGAME NOTES
New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 0
September 27, 2020 – Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)

Revolution Earn First Home Win of 2020, 3-1, over Montreal Impact

  • The Revolution (5-3-6, 21 pts.) logged their second consecutive victory with a 2-0 win over D.C. United on Sunday night at Audi Field.
  • New England has recorded consecutive victories for the first time since the club won three consecutive matches from July 17- July 27, 2019.
  • Forward Gustavo Bou netted the game-winner in the 86th minute with assists from Tommy McNamara and Cristian Penilla. Forward Adam Buksa closed the scoring in the 90th minute on assists from Bou and Penilla.
  • The Revolution have now registered four victories away from home, including the MLS is Back Tournament, for the first time since the 2015 season and two victories over D.C. United for the first time since 2013.
  • Head Coach and Sporting Director Bruce Arena’s all-time record shifts to 215-127-103, which includes a 9-4-8 mark in 21 matches against D.C. United. 

Gustavo Bou Nets Fifth Goal of 2020, Leaps Teal Bunbury for Team Lead

  • Forward Gustavo Bou opened New England’s scoring with an 86th-minute strike for his fifth goal of the season, moving him past forward Teal Bunbury (4) for the team lead.
  • Bou has now scored in consecutive matches for the second time this season. Bou also registered his third assist of 2020, a career-high, and now owns 14 goals and five assists over 28 career MLS appearances.
  • Bou’s three game-winning goals are one behind the league lead.
  • Bou finished with a team-best five shots and tallied 52 touches in tonight’s victory.

Adam Buksa Adds Third Goal of the Season

  • Forward Adam Buksa closed the scoring for New England with a left-footed shot in the 90th minute.
  • The goal was the third of the season for the 24-year-old forward and the first since a 1-1 draw against D.C. United on July 17 in the MLS is Back Tournament.
  • Buksa logged two shots in his 11-minute performance off the bench.

Diego Fagundez Climbs Club’s All-Time Games Played List

  • With his 23-minute shift off the bench tonight, midfielder Diego Fagundez matched Matt Reis (254) for second place on New England’s all-time games played list.
  • The 10th-year Homegrown Product from Leominster, Mass. is now seven appearances shy of equaling Shalrie Joseph (261) for the most regular season appearances in club history.
  • Fagundez has appeared in 12 of 14 matches this season, including five starts.

New England’s Defense Registers Fifth Clean Sheet of the Season

  • Goalkeeper Matt Turner logged his fifth clean sheet of the season, matching a career high set in 2018 and equaled in 2019.
  • Turner recorded three saves tonight and improved his career record to 21-17-21, which includes a 3-1-2 record against D.C. United.
  • Defender Brandon Bye recorded his 14th start of the season and maintains his position as the only Revolution player to start every regular season match in 2020.
  • Defender Henry Kessler, who recorded his fourth straight 90-minute performance, logged a team-high five interceptions and one clearance. Kessler continues to lead all 2020 MLS SuperDraft picks in games played and starts.

Revolution Make Two Changes to Starting Lineup

  • The Revolution made two changes to the Starting XI as Matt Polster and DeJuan Jones started in place of Kelyn Rowe and Alex Büttner in the New England midfield and defense, respectively.
  • Jones returned to the Starting XI for the first time since Sept. 2 for his fifth start and 10th appearance of the season. He finished with a team-high 79 touches, three interceptions and one clearance.
  • Polster, who rejoined the Starting XI after appearing as a substitute in a 27-minute shift on Sept. 23, played 45 minutes today before exiting the match due to injury.

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Assistant Referee: Adam Wienckowski (AR1), Jeffrey Greeson (AR2)
Fourth Official: Matt Franz
Video Assistant Referee: Chris Penso
Weather: 73 degrees and cloudy
Attendance: N/A

Scoring Summary:
NE- Gustavo Bou 5 (Tommy McNamara 2, Cristian Penilla 3) 86’
NE- Adam Buksa 3 (Gustavo Bou 3, Cristian Penilla 4’) 90’

Misconduct Summary:
DC- Frederic Brillant (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 45+5’
DC- Joseph Mora (Yellow Card-Persistent Infringement) 50’
DC- Junior Moreno (Yellow Card- Unsporting Behavior) 81’
NE- Adam Buksa (Yellow Card-Unsporting Behavior) 91’

New England Revolution: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster (Tommy McNamara 45+2’), Scott Caldwell, Tajon Buchanan (Cristian Penilla 67’), Lee Nguyen (Diego Fagundez 67’), Teal Bunbury (Adam Buksa 79’), Gustavo Bou ©

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Antonio Delamea, Michael Mancienne, Kelyn Rowe, Kekuta Manneh

D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Chris Odoi-Atsem, Frederic Brillant, Steven Birnbaum ©, Joseph Mora (Oniel Fisher 81’); Junior Moreno, Yamil Asad, Moses Nyeman, Yordy Reyna (Federico Higuain 68’), Ola Kamara (Erik Sorga 68’), Griffin Yow (Julian Gressel 73’)

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Gelmin Rivas, Donovan Pines, Earl Edwards Jr., Axel Sjoberg, Oniel Fisher

New England Revolution

Team Statistics

D.C. United

17 (3)

Shots (on Target)

8 (3)

3

Saves

1

5

Corner Kicks

1

1

Offsides

2

14

Fouls

17

476 (81%)

Passes Attempted (% Completed)

386 (73%)

56%

Possession

44%

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