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Revolution Defeat LA Galaxy, 4-1, in Preseason Action

April 1, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release


CARSON, Calif. - The New England Revolution topped the LA Galaxy, 4-1, in the club's second preseason contest, as 22 different players each saw 45 minutes of action. Adam Buksa and Teal Bunbury provided the opening goals in the first half, while Tommy McNamara and Gustavo Bou tallied on the other side of halftime. In total, seven Revolution players found their way onto the scoresheet with a goal or an assist.

Adam Buksa tallied New England's opening goal in the sixth minute, as Teal Bunbury intercepted an errant pass and fed it to the striker for a close-range finish. Bunbury doubled the Revs' lead with a powerful header in the 23rd minute. The assist was delivered by Revolution II's Connor Presley, making his second preseason appearance with the first team. LA cut the lead in half moments later with a goal in the 28th minute.

On the other side of halftime, Tommy McNamara scored New England's third in the 64th minute with a curling right-footed shot, assisted by Gustavo Bou and DeJuan Jones. Bou then added the Revs' fourth goal in the 67th minute, serviced by Carles Gil.

The Revolution will continue the 2021 preseason with friendlies against Los Angeles FC on April 3, LA Galaxy II on April 7, and a second meeting with LAFC on April 10. The final three preseason contests will not be streamed. After concluding the exhibition slate in California, the Revolution will return to Foxborough to prepare for the 2021 MLS regular season opener on Saturday, April 17 at Chicago Fire FC.

Match Notes:

- Bruce Arena utilized 22 players for 45 minutes apiece in tonight's contest. Seven of the 22 Revs players who appeared in the match recorded a goal or an assist, and Gustavo Bou and Teal Bunbury both finished the night with one of each.

- Adam Buksa, who scored seven goals in the 2020 regular season and playoffs combined, scored his first goal of the preseason.

- Revolution II players Colby Quiñones and Connor Presley both started the match at outside back, with Quiñones on the right and Presley appearing at left back for the second consecutive contest. Presley delivered the assist on Teal Bunbury's goal in the first half.

- The starting lineup featured four Revolution Academy alumni: first-team Homegrown Players Scott Caldwell, Damian Rivera, and Justin Rennicks, and Revolution II's Colby Quiñones.

New England Revolution 4, LA Galaxy 1

March 31, 2021 - Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, Calif.)

Scoring Summary:

NE - Adam Buksa (Teal Bunbury) 6'

NE - Teal Bunbury (Connor Presley) 23'

LA - Felix Barajas (Unassisted) 28'

NE - Tommy McNamara (Gustavo Bou, DeJuan Jones) 64'

NE - Gustavo Bou (Carles Gil) 67'

Misconduct Summary:

None

1st Half Lineup: Brad Knighton; Connor Presley*, A.J. DeLaGarza, Collin Verfurth, Colby Quiñones*; Emmanuel Boateng, Scott Caldwell, Damian Rivera, Justin Rennicks; Adam Buksa, Teal Bunbury ©

2nd Half Lineup: Matt Turner; DeJuan Jones, Jon Bell, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Carles Gil ©, Matt Polster, Maciel, Tommy McNamara; Edward Kizza, Gustavo Bou

* = Revolution II player

Postgame Quotes

Defender DeJuan Jones

On the team getting its first preseason win and scoring four goals:

Jones: "Yeah, we were working hard in practice this past week finishing, working on our interchanges, our overlaps, so I thought we did a good job, especially in the second half generating a lot of chances. And like you said, whenever we're putting the ball in the back of the net four times, it's something to celebrate."

On the biggest improvements from the preseason opener:

Jones: "The first game I think the scoreline doesn't reflect how the game went. We got in some great spots, we just weren't finishing, so to put away four tonight is big. I think it's going to help with our confidence going forward."

On his connection with Gustavo Bou:

Jones: "I don't know what it is, but me and Gustavo have a good connection this year. I see his runs early and he calls for the ball in the right spot, so looking forward to continuing that connection going forward."

On playing and training primarily at left back this preseason:

Jones: "Yeah, it's definitely been helpful just getting the consistent reps in the same spot. I think that's where I'm going to be going forward, but like you said, I'm a versatile player, so wherever I need to be for the team is what I'm willing to do."

On where the team stands two-and-a-half weeks out from the season opener:

Jones: "I think we're in a really good place. We just got some guys back, so now we'll get the full team together, and we're looking to build off this result going forward against LAFC and LA Galaxy [II]."

Midfielder Damian Rivera

On the team getting a first preseason win and scoring four goals:

Rivera: "We've been training for this. Coming off from the first game, we got the goals in the back of the net and now it showed."

On the biggest improvements from the preseason opener:

Rivera: "I'll say the biggest thing for us is finishing our chances. I think the first game we had plenty of chances, we just didn't get to put them in the back of the net. I thought we were connecting well in the attacking third and we just put them in the back of the net."

On how preseason minutes with the first team are helping his development:

Rivera: "I'll say I think I'm improving. My teammates, my coaches, they're all helping me. I think every day I'm getting better and I'm connecting more with the team every time."

On where the team stands two-and-a-half weeks out from the season opener:

Rivera: "I feel like we're in a pretty good spot. As the game showed today, I thought the team played well. We were connecting, and I think these next three games are a chance for us to get better."


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