By DJ Harding –
The New England Revolution would face D.C United at Audi Field in Washington D.C on Saturday night.
D.C would score first with a Christian Benteke goal in the 45th minute assisted by Mateuz Klich Ruan.
New England would tie it up in the 63rd minute when Gustavo Bou would score on an assist by captain Carles Gil which gave him his 50th MLS assist.
After that homegrown player Noel Buck would score a goal unassisted in the 88th minute.
The Buck goal would give the revolution the win and give them enough points to put them in first place in the Eastern Conference at 4-1-0 and 12 points.
The Revolution improved to 23-18-16 on the road under Bruce Arena (including playoffs), the most away wins in MLS since he took over as head coach in June 2019.
New England has won eight of the last nine meetings with D.C. and are now level in the all-time series (35-35-15) with the fellow MLS original club.
Revolution Head Coach Bruce Arena spoke after the game speaking on Carles Gill’s immediate impact when he subbed in the 62nd minute.
Coach Arena said “I think it was his second, actually. Yeah, a tremendous ball and Gustavo [Bou] finally passed the ball in the goal, so it was good to see. Gustavo had a really good chance early in the game and we’ve been harping on Gustavo to be a little bit better with his finishing. He certainly demonstrated that with his goal. Carles was very good.”
Revolution defender DeJuan Jones would speak on the win saying “We’re excited. That was a big game. We came into the game wanting to get three points and were unlucky there [at the end of the first half]. We didn’t close out the half well enough, so we’re down 1-0 heading into halftime. We thought we played a good half overall, so we just had to continue to be aggressive, to press a little bit harder, and generate more chances, and we did that in the second half. To score late, especially for Noel [Buck] to get his first one of the season, we’re super excited.”
The revolution will return to action on April first as they face New York City Football Club.