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Bruce Arena pleased with Adam Buksa’s progression

It might have been a night of disappointment for the New England Revolution, but Adam Buksa was a bright spot in the club’s 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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The New England Revolutions 2020 season has come to an end, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the team on Sunday. Adam Buksa continued to look great on the pitch.

Buksa had a mediocre regular season that was filled with a major goal drought that took him out of the starting XI, but near the end of the season, Revs fans were finally starting to see why he was acquired by the club.

After ending his goal drought, Buksa went on to score three goals and an assist to end the regular season.

Then came the playoffs where Buksa continued his great play. He opened up the scoring for the club in its matchup against the Philadelphia Union and was one of the best players on the field for New England when they fell to the Columbus Crew on Sunday.

After the game, Bruce Arena was asked about Buksa’s play and was rather pleased.

He said. “I thought Adam [Buksa] played well today. He’s gotten better – that’s been really encouraging. His playoffs have been good, he’s been a strong target, and he had a couple of chances today. He hit the post in the first half, had another good chance I think in the second half. He held the ball up, he’s gotten better in the air. His performance was encouraging.”

Buksa’s height is a great advantage. He is able to leap above defenders and also control possession when on the ball. It can also open up opportunities on the attack with one flick of the noggin possibly leading to a scoring chance for a teammate.

When Buksa was in form, he displayed how lethal of a goal scorer he can be. With a little more luck he might have even scored against the Crew.

But in what was an extremely unusual MLS season, Buksa did quite well (especially since this was his first year in new England). Revolution fans will be hoping that he can continue to improve once the 2021 season arrives.