On Thursday, the New England Revolution won their first match of the MLS is Back Tournament against the Montreal Impact thanks to Gustavo Bou’s second-half strike. Here are three things we learned.
After playing each other in their opening match of the 2020 regular season in February, the Montreal Impact and New England Revolution met again to open the play in Group C of the MLS is Back Tournament.
This time it was the Revolution who came away victorious as a goal by Gustavo Bou in the second half propelled them to all three points. For the time being the Revolution will sit atop Group C as Toronto FC and D.C. United will meet on Saturday.
Here are three things we learned from the New England Revolution’s 1-0 victory.
3. Gustavo Bou paves the way to victory
The lone goal of the match was scored by Gustavo Bou, who was the best player on the pitch throughout. He was a constant headache for the Impact’s defense, who struggled to contain the Revolution playmaker.
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Bou was very active offensively producing eight shots, three of which were on target. His missed opportunities showed that the players aren’t 100% back to full form yet as the finishing wasn’t there at times for either club. Bou’s miscued lob of Clement Diop in the first half would usually have nestled in the back of the net.
Moving forward in this tournament, though, he should continue to be a threat for the Revolution. Carles Gil linked up well with Bou, and with Adam Buksa now occupying the number nine role, the Revolution look very dangerous offensively. And Bou is at the heart of it.