The New England Revolution were able to walk away with the win on Saturday against the New York Red Bulls and it’s safe to say that Gustavo Bou had quite the impact.
Bou got his second straight start after missing some time due to a knock. Once again Bruce Arena utilized a 4-2-3-1 formation with the 31-year-old being the lone striker up top.
Being all alone in this formation means that Bou needs to move off the ball as also have some quality holding up the ball.
Like most of New England’s players, Bou didn’t get off to the best start but eventually he was able to make an impact on the game.
As the game progressed fans started to see the striker track back and get more involved. This would eventually pay off with Bou scoring the first goal of the game for the Revs.
Tajon Buchanan credited Bou’s goal for giving the club momentum after such a disappointing start.
Buchanan said, “I think the first goal from Gustavo [Bou] was huge. It gave us momentum to go get the next one, because we started off slow and we conceded early. Once Gustavo scored that first goal, I think everyone regrouped and we knew if we keep pushing the tempo that we’re going to win this game.”
Buchanan wasn’t the only person happy with Bou’s performance. After the game Arena talked about the Argentinian’s performance.
He said, “I think Gustavo [Bou] played well. He got his second goal of the season. Obviously, the first one was in opening game. He had a couple of other chances where he can do better. The assist he got on the third goal was tremendous. He held the ball up, did a bunch of good things. He can get better, as can all the players, the coaches, everything else. We’re just in the start of the season. We have to be a little bit patient. And we’re pleased with the progress Gustavo’s making.”
The assist that Bou had might not have been extremely difficult but it showed the type of player he is. The striker was charging towards the net and had Adam Buksa on his left. Bou easily could have tried to do everything himself, but he laid the ball off for Buksa who scored the easy goal.
With Bou and Buksa playing well it will be interesting to see if Arena ends up playing the duo together up top and switching back to a 4-4-2. While New England has found success playing in the 4-2-3-1, Bou might be even better with a partner up top.
Saturday was another quality performance from Gustavo Bou, and as long as he is playing well, the Revolution are going to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference if not all of MLS.