It seemed like the New England Revolution were doomed to lose on Sunday but that all changed when Adam Buksa entered the match in the 46th minute.
The Polish striker put on a masterclass scoring two goals and propelling the Revs to a point against Orlando City SC. It showed exactly why this Revs team is different and has the chance to win the club's first MLS Cup.
Buksa’s first goal was an absolute beauty. The 25-year-old timed his run perfectly and tapped in a Gustavo Bou ball to give New England some life in the 81st minute. Bou and Buksa have combined well recently and the striker talked about their partnership after the match.
“I think not only with Gustavo [Bou], but with other players, too,” said Buksa. “But yeah, the last couple of goals were set up by Gustavo, and the relationship that we’ve created works very, very well. The way that works, I think he loves coming in between the lines and he’s very good at it. He can take the ball and deliver fantastic crosses. I wouldn’t say Gustavo is a typical number nine, so he likes getting to the ball and the ball loves him, too. So, with that in mind, I just try to find a space between the center backs of the opposing team and just make the right movement, the right timing, and just get there and finish that up. That’s what has happened a few times so far this season and we believe that it’s all there.”
Bruce Arena added that Bou and Buksa have developed a good working relationship.
It’s clear that everyone paid attention to Buksa’s performance. He was named to his second straight MLS Team of the Week and was also named MLS Player of the Week.
Buksa has been on fire as of late. In his last nine MLS appearances, the 25-year-old has eight goals and two assists. With 16 goals on the season, Buksa only trails Ola Kamara in the MLS Golden Boot race.
The striker will look to continue his hot streak as New England takes on the Colorado Rapids in its first home game since clinching the Supporters’ Shield on Wednesday.