Nothing says more about the new New England Revolution than its eight-figure investment in Argentine forward Gustavo Bou
And Bou delivered in his first game, scoring on a volley late in first-half stoppage time to send the Revs on their way
to a 4-0 win over Vancouver that extended their unbeaten streak to nine games since a change of coaches in May.
It's their longest run since 2014 when they also recorded a nine-game
undefeated streak that spanned the regular season and postseason leading into MLS Cup 2014.
No one is talking MLS Cup around Foxboro just yet. But the win, capped by three goals in six
minutes at the end of the game, kept the Revs in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one point below the playoff zone, as Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls, 3-1.
Bou's goal came
after Carles Gil
placed his corner kick to the top of the penalty area, where Bou ran on to it and fired a full volley past Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau
Gil, the New England playmaker, instructed him to be ready because no one was covering the area outside the penalty area on earlier corner kicks.
“In that specific moment, I wanted
to go backwards a bit," he said afterwards. "Carles screamed to me, I screamed to him, and I think it’s a connection that had a lot of quality.”
Arena liked what he saw in his
first signing since taking over for Brad Friedel
as head coach and assuming the player personnel decisions as sporting director following the ouster of GM Mike Burns
“You don’t see that often, players being able to take that ball out of the air like that and strike it as clean as he did,” Arena said. “So if you want to give me full credit
for that, I would be glad to accept it. But I had nothing to do with that play.”
Arena said Gil and Bou showed a good understanding.
"We saw that in training," he said,
"but it’s going to take some time. I think in another month, we’ll know a lot more about that combination.”
The Bou-Gil connection is only part of what is suddenly one
of the deepest attacks in MLS with Diego Fagundez
and Teal Bunbury
, veterans from the MLS Cup 2014 team, plus Colombian Juan Fernando Caicedo
and Ecuadoran Cristian
Fagundez and Penilla came off the bench to record a goal and an assist and two assists, respectively.
"Both players would like to be playing 90 minutes every
game," Arena said, "but to have that kind of mentality to come off the bench and contribute and get goals, it was great. I think they did an outstanding job.”