Gustavo’s Bou’s first appearance in a New England Revolution uniform could not have gone much better.
Punishing rain and threats of nearby lighting left many wondering if the game would get off at all, but once it did, New England dominated — putting up 17 shots on goal in the first half while limiting the struggling Vancouver Whitecaps to none.
Bou opened his MLS account in the dying seconds of the first half when Carles Gil found him just outside the box — where Bou launched a shot with his right foot that tore past Vancouver keeper Maxime Crépeau.
Vancouver started strong in the second half and nearly evened things up, but Theo Bair’s shot hit the left post in the 51st minute and bounced forward into Matt Turner’s arms.
The Revs put the issue to rest in the 82nd minute when substitute Diego Fagundez headed home a Cristian Penilla cross that found the back of the net and doubled New England’s lead. It was Fagundez’ first goal of the 2019 campaign.
But the Revs weren’t done with offense. Gil and red hot Teal Bunbury each scored in the 86th and 90th minutes, respectively. This week, Ray and Jon welcome back Jason York, Revs MLS beat writer, to break it all down.
New England is now unbeaten in its last nine matches as they head to Cincinnati on Sunday to take on the boys from Queen City, who currently sit on at the bottom. We preview that rematch with Brad Wiegel, of Cincinnati Soccer Talk.