New England Revolution Top DC United 3-2 To Inch Closer To Points Record
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NE Revolution) – The New England Revolution (21-4-6; 69 pts.) defeated D.C. United (12-13-5; 41 pts.), 3-2, on Wednesday night at Audi Field. All three Designated Players scored for the Revolution, as Adam Buksa and Carles Gil erased a one-goal deficit with tallies in the 61st and 64th minutes, respectively. Gustavo Bou, who provided the assist on Gil’s goal, added to New England’s lead in the 79th minute. Ramon Abila closed the scoring with a goal for the hosts in stoppage time.
New England’s away record improves to 10-3-3, as the Revolution become the sixth team in MLS history – and the third coached by Bruce Arena – to record 10 road victories in a season. The Revolution’s 33 away points this season are second most in league annals. The club’s 69 points are tied for third most in any MLS campaign, and the Revs’ 21 wins are one shy of the record for regulation victors in a season. Three more points over the final three games would tie the all-time MLS mark of 72 set by LAFC in 2019, while four points would see the Revolution set a new single-season points record.
Tonight’s victory extends the Revolution’s unbeaten streak to 6-0-2, including four consecutive road victories. The Revs, winners of eight of their last nine games away from home, have now won six consecutive games against D.C. United for the first time in the series, as the unbeaten streak against D.C. improves to nine games (6-0-3).
The three-goal outburst in the second half saw all three of the Revs’ Designated Players score in the same match for the first time. With Buksa and Bou both scoring, the race for the MLS Golden Boot race – and the MLS scoring lead – continues to be tight entering the final three games. Bou now owns 15 goals on the season, placing him fourth in the MLS Golden Boot standings. The Argentinian strike has reached the scoresheet in five consecutive games with three goals and five assists. Buksa’s 14 th goal of the season, a header from the center of the box, giving the forward six goals and one assist in his last eight games played. The Polish striker led the attack with a game-high five shots, set a new Revolution record for shots in a season. Meanwhile, Gil’s go-ahead tally, a left-footed strike, gives the Spaniard four goals scored on the season.
Tommy McNamara provided helpers on goals from Buksa and Bou to collect his first two-assist performance since 2016. The Revolution’s four assists on the night raise the club’s total to 65 on the season, one away from matching the club’s all-time record (66).
Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena is now one win away from matching Sigi Schmid (240) for the most regular season victories in league history. Arena’s record with New England improves to 37-14-22.
In net, Matt Turner made seven saves to notch his 16 th win of the season, doubling his previous career high of eight. Turner’s 16 wins are tied for the most by a Revolution goalkeeper in a single season.
New England is back on the road on Sunday night to face another playoff contender in Orlando City SC. The Revs’ final away match of the season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on FS1 and Fox Deportes. The game also airs locally on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 and 1260 AM Nossa Radio.