By Jonathan Burgos –
The New England Revolution returned back to Foxboro Saturday night to take on the Nashville SC at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution were looking to get back in the winning column after falling to Los Angeles FC 0-4, and that they did with a 1-0 win tonight.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena spoke with the media about this weekend’s matchup and said “This weekend is going to be a difficult game because we’re playing a team that hasn’t given up a goal yet.”
It was a Scoreless first half as the Revolution had so many chances. New England had eight shots one shot on goal while Nashville had four shots two shots on goal. Gustavo Bou had an open break opportunity but shot over the right post almost giving the Revs the lead. Nashville’s Alex Muyl was issued a yellow card in the twenty first minute. New England did well on the attack game but they needed to stop giving Nashville so many too score.
Second half New England opened the score with a Goal! New England Revolution 1, Nashville SC 0. Gustavo Bou left footed a shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by DeJuan Jones.
With tonight’s win The Revolution moved on to 3-0-1 to take 2nd place in the Eastern Division.
The Revolution have recorded three shutouts through the first four games of a season for the first time in club history. New England’s three clean sheets are tied for the most in MLS this season.
The Revolution defeated Nashville SC for the first time in the series history (1-1-3). The Revolution have blanked Nashville in all three of their visits to New England (1 win, 2 scoreless draws).
Gustavo Bou now has 38 regular season goals for New England, the seventh most in team annals. Following tonight’s match Revolution Sporting Director & Head Coach Bruce Arena was asked about Gustavo Bou’s performance and Arena said “[It was] good. His [Bou] best performance this year. Obviously, he’s going to get better each game as he builds on his fitness, but that was a great goal. He had a couple of other chances, and he gave us a real good effort.”
When asked about beating Nashville SC tonigh, Revs Defender DeJuan Jones said “They’re a great team. I think that’s the first goal they conceded this year. They sit in that low block and they get everyone behind the ball so it’s always going to be tough against Nashville. It was good to finally beat them.” When speaking on his team’s resolve, Jones said “It was necessary after you know in tough loss in [Los Angeles]. The group’s morale was a little bit lower. So we had to get this result today, and guys are buzzing again, and we’re happy with this. Especially to protect our home field and get another clean sheet at home.”
Next match for the New England Revolution is Saturday March 25th, kick-off 7:30pm at Audi Stadium against DC United who’s 1-1-2, 11th in the Eastern Division.