2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year for Adam Buksa and the New England Revolution, but it’s safe to say that everything paid off for the Polish striker. Now Buksa is getting to experience the thrill of a playoff run in his first season in New England.
Buksa was acquired as a Designated Player from Poland where he appeared in 18 games and scored seven goals and four assists in the PKO Ekstraklasa
Now Buksa is rather young compared to the Revs other DP’s. Gustavo Bou is 30 years old and Carles is 28. Buksa on the other hand is only 24 years old. With his $4 million price tag, the pressure was on the youngster to play well from the start.
Buksa got his career off to a good start scoring a goal in his second game as a Rev, but then the pandemic hit. Down in Orlando in the MLS is Back tournament, Buksa didn’t look so great but still was able to score one goal.
After his goal against DC United down in Disney, Buksa would go scoreless for nearly 10 games. Once again Buksa found success against DC and was able to score his first goal in two months.
Since then Buksa has shown why he was acquired by the Revs. Standing at 6’3” he is able to use his body to hold off defenders, as well as leap over them on corners and free kicks.
Buksa has started all of the MLS Cup Playoff games for the Revolution was a key part of the club’s upset of the Philadelphia Union. Buksa opened up the scoring with a header off of a freekick.
Now Buksa and the Revs are one win away from the MLS Cup Finals and well the team has been there before, this is a new experience for Buksa. He spoke to the media on Friday ahead of New England’s game against the Columbus Crew on Sunday.
He said. “No, I’ve never advanced to a semifinal. The last time I played this kind of format was in Orlando where we didn’t reach the semifinals there but we have a great chance to qualify for the MLS Cup Final. So this is probably the first time ever in my career to have gone that far in a tournament.”
The Revolution will definitely need Buksa to be on top of things come Sunday. The Crew are in the Eastern Conference Finals for a reason. They are one of the best clubs in MLS.
Hopefully the first continue for the Polish striker and he ends up playing in his first MLS Cup Finals match. That would make Revolution fans, happy to say the least.