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Revolution 4, Whitecaps 0: Revs dominate in Bou’s debut

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SOCCER: JUL 17 MLS - Vancouver Whitecaps at New England Revolution Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New England Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to nine when they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 on Wednesday night.

It was a sharp start for the Revolution, who almost got on the board in the 4th minute. After switching the ball to the right side, Brandon Bye offered a low cross that was deflected out of Juan Fernando Caicedo’s reach.

Bye went for goal himself in the 15th minute but his stinging shot hit the post. Luis Caicedo started the play with a cross-field pass that landed inside the box.

The Revs almost broke through in the 36th minute when a centrally-located Gustavo Bou moved the ball to the right side. Carles Gil hit a low shot that was pushed away by Maxime Crepeau. The rebound fell to J. Caicedo, who couldn’t put it away despite being at the doorstep.

The Revs got the night’s first goal during first half stoppage time when Bou volleyed in Gil’s corner kick. It was the type of goal you’d expect from a big-name player making his debut.

Vancouver nearly equalized in the 50th minute on a fast break. Lucas Ventuo played a centering pass that was picked up by Theo Bair. The attacker tried to sneak in a right-footed shot, but he hit the post.

After a couple more decent looks by the Whitecaps, the Revs regained control of the game. Bou had a nice free kick in the 51st minute that was blocked. Gil had a free kick of his own in the 70th minute but the Vancouver netminder was once again up to the task.

Still in search of a second goal, Luis Caicedo sprung substitute Cristian Penilla in the 76th minute. The Ecuadorian rushed towards the net but fired his shot directly at the keeper.

Diego Fagundez, who entered for Bou in the 79th minute, scored in the 82nd minute when he nodded home a cross from Penilla. He’s now tied with Lee Nguyen for the second-most goals in Revs history.

Gil put the game out of reach 86th minute when he toyed with a defender before going to his preferred left foot to score his sixth goal of the season.

The Revs got their fourth and final goal in the 90th minute via Teal Bunbury. The striker, who’s now scored in four straight games, was assisted by Penilla.

The Revolution will now return to the road to face Cincinnati FC on Sunday.