2021 MLS Best XI
The best of the best. Major League Soccer on Thursday unveiled the 2021 Best XI, recognizing the league’s top players at each position.
Updated May 5, 2022
Gustavo Bou at a Glance:
MLS CAREER: Joined the Revolution via transfer from Liga MX side Club Tijuana on July 10, 2019…Ranks second in combined goals and assists (47) in regular season and postseason since arriving in MLS…Career MLS totals include 64 games played, 54 starts, with 29 goals and 14 assists across 4,979 minutes played …In the MLS Cup Playoffs, has made six starts with three goals and one assist…One of only two Revolution players to record a postseason brace…Revolution are 21-1-8 across all competitions when Bou scores a goal…Has scored eight times in the 85th minute or later, leading New England to a 6-0-2 record in those games …Finished fifth in 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year voting after scoring nine goals with two assists in only 14 games…In 2021, netted 15 goals along with nine assists in 30 appearances, including 25 starts…Ranked tied for ninth in the MLS Golden Boot race and one goal behind Adam Buksa for the team lead…Voted MLS Player of the Month in July after scoring five goals with one assist in six appearances…Appeared in 18 matches, with 14 starts, during the 2020 season, recording five goals and three assists…Added team-high three goals in the 2020 postseason.
2022: Has appeared in two games, both starts, with eight shots… Made two additional appearances in SCCL play…Currently sidelined with an upper leg injury… (2/26) at POR: Started the season opener in Portland and played 79 minutes with four shots… (3/5) vs. FCD: Started and played the full 90 minutes with four shots, one on target.
2021: Appeared in 30 games, including 25 starts, with 15 goals scored and nine assists in third MLS season…Logged career-bests in all four categories… One of four Revolution players to earn MLS Best XI honors…Ranked tied for ninth in the MLS Golden Boot race and one behind Adam Buksa for the team lead…Ranked first among forwards in MLS in chances created…Also ranked sixth in MLS in total shots (91) and seventh in shots on target (35)…Named to the 2021 MLS All-Star Team by Head Coach Bob Bradley…Named MLS Player of the Month in July after scoring five goals with one assist in six appearances…Made one additional start in the MLS Cup Playoffs…(4/17) at CHI: Opened 2021 account in the season opener, scoring the game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw…(5/1) vs. ATL: Missed match due to lower body injury…(5/8) at NSH: Started and played 76 minutes in return from injury…Marked 30th career MLS start…(5/12) at PHI: Registered first assist of the season in the 1-1 draw…(5/22) vs. NY: Recorded a goal and an assist for second time in MLS career in the 3-1 win…Named to MLS Team of the Week…(6/19) at NYC: Scored third goal of the season in the 3-2 away…(6/23) vs. NY: Scored the game-winning goal, extending goal-scoring streak to three games…(6/27) at DAL: Set a career-best streak of four consecutive games with a goal…(7/3) at CLB: Extended goal-scoring streak to five games in the 2-2 away draw..(7/17) at ATL: Recorded seventh goal of the season in the 1-0 away win…(7/21) at MIA: Notched assist off the bench in a 5-0 win…(7/25) vs. MTL: Registered first brace of MLS career…Named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week…(7/31) at NY: Set a new single-season MLS career high with 10th goal of the season in the 3-2 away win…(8/8) vs. PHI: Scored the game-winning goal on an unassisted tally in 2-1 victory…Marked 25th goal in MLS…(8/14) at TOR: Scored first penalty-kick goal in MLS and collected 50th MLS appearance…(8/21) vs. CIN: Logged one assist…(9/18) vs. CLB: Recorded six shots in 1-1 draw…(9/22) at CHI: Registered one assist and four shots in 3-2 win…(9/25) vs. ORL: Notched an assist in 89-minute performance…Marked first time in MLS with assists in consecutive games…(9/29) at MTL: Logged a goal-and-assist performance in 4-1 away victory…Third consecutive match with an assist…(10/16) vs. CHI: Netted a goal on Carles Gil’s assist in the 2-2 draw…Tallied six shots, including three on target…(10/20) at DC: Registered a goal-and-assist performance in the 3-1 road win…Scored in the 79th minute on assists from Adam Buksa and Tommy McNamara…Played 86 minutes and logged four shots…Marked third goal-and-assist performance of the season…(10/24) at ORL: Collected one assist over 26 minutes off the bench…Marked sixth consecutive match with a goal or assist…Also logged two shots in the 2-2 road draw…(10/27) vs. COL: Recorded six shots, three on goal, over 88 minutes in the 1-0 win…(11/7) vs. MIA: Paced New England’s attack with a season-high eight shots, one short of his career-high…Played all 90 minutes in the MLS Decision Day match…Postseason: (11/30) vs. NYC: Eclipsed 500 minutes played in the MLS Cup Playoffs…Logged four shots in the 2-2 draw in the Eastern Conference Semifinal.
2020: Appeared in 18 of 23 regular season games, including 14 starts, and recorded five goals with two assists...In the MLS Cup Playoffs, started all four games and scored a team-high three goals, including a 95th-minute game winner in the Play-In Round and a brace in the Eastern Conference Semifinal…Recorded five game-winning goals across the regular season and playoffs…Finished first full MLS campaign ranked third league-wide in shots (64) and 10th in shots on goal (22)…Ranked third on the team in goals…Also played 90 minutes in the MLS is Back Round of 16 match on July 25 vs. Philadelphia…(2/29) at MTL: Recorded first assist of the season in a 2-1 defeat…(7/9) at MTL: Scored 10th career MLS goal, and first of the season, in the 1-0 win…Registered eight shots…(7/17) at DC: Paced team with seven shots in the 1-1 draw…(8/25) at DC: Scored second goal of the season in the 2-1 win…(8/29) vs. NY: Scored for a second straight game with the game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw…(9/12) at PHI: Contributed second assist of the season as a substitute...(9/23) vs. MTL: Scored fourth goal of the season in the 3-1 win…(9/27) at DC: Scored fifth goal of the season in the 2-0 win…Logged goals in consecutive matches for the second time in 2020 and the third time in MLS career…Postseason: (11/20) vs. MTL: Registered first postseason goal in the Play-In Round, a dramatic 95th-minute game winner in the final moments of stoppage time…Set club record for most shots in a postseason game (8) in 2-1 win…Also logged his first postseason assist…(11/24) at PHI: Recorded four shots in 2-0 win in Round One over the Supporters’ Shield winners…(11/29) at ORL: Logged third postseason brace in club history with two-goal effort in 3-1 win in Conference Semifinal…Became second player in club history (Charlie Davies - twice) to record a brace in the MLS Cup Playoffs…(12/6) at CLB: Played 90 minutes and tallied four shots in 1-0 loss in Conference Final.
2019: Joined the Revolution via transfer from Liga MX side Club Tijuana on July 10…Became the first player added to the club’s roster under Sporting Director Bruce Arena…Finished fifth in 2019 MLS Newcomer of the Year voting…Made MLS debut on July 17 and finished the season with nine goals in 14 games played, including 13 starts, across 1,155 minutes…Added two assists…Made one postseason start…Scored in four straight games from Aug. 10 through Aug. 31…Tied for MLS lead with five goals from outside the box, and totaled four goals in the 85th minute or later…From the time he entered the league, ranked fourth in shots and shots on target, tied for third in goals from the run of play (8), fifth in goals per game (0.64), and tied for sixth in goals per 90 minutes (0.70)…(7/17) vs. VAN: Tallied first career MLS goal in league and club debut, a spectacular volley off a corner kick from Carles Gil…Nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week…Totaled six shots, with three on goal, and six chances created in 79 minutes…(7/21) at CIN: Registered game-winning assist, first of his MLS career, in the 2-0 win…(7/27) vs. ORL: Scored second MLS goal in the third minute, marking the quickest Revolution goal this season…His nine shots tied a club single-game record…Nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week for second time…(8/10) at SEA: Scored first headed goal in MLS, his third of the campaign, in a wild 3-3 draw…(8/17) at NY: Scored the equalizing goal in the second half at Red Bull Arena, assisted by Carles Gil...(8/24) vs. CHI: Delivered a stunning, left-footed strike in the 86th minute for his second game-winning goal…Marked the second-latest game winner by a Revolution player this season…(8/31) vs. TOR: Salvaged another key point with his 86th minute goal to draw level at 1-1…Extended scoring streak to four games…(9/14) at ORL: Tallied in the 3-3 draw…(9/25) at POR: Ignited the Revs’ comeback from a two-goal deficit with a strike in the 87th minute…(9/29) vs. NYC: Delivered game-winning assist and added a spectacular chip of Sean Johnson to seal the 2-0 win and clinch a berth in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs…Marked first MLS game with goal and assist…Postseason: (10/19) at ATL: Played 90 minutes and recorded three shots in MLS Cup Playoff debut.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Argentine attacker with more than 12 years of experience across Mexico, Argentina, and Ecuador before joining MLS in July 2019…Featured at Club Tijuana (2017-19), Racing Club (2014-18), River Plate (2008-14), in addition to multiple loan stints…Across all competitions, recorded at least 85 goals and 35 assists in 270 appearances across all competitions, including 208 starts…A native of Concordia, Argentina, began career at River Plate after earning a spot on the reserve team at 14 years old…Signed to first professional contract at 18 in March 2008 by River manger Diego Simeone…Between 2008-12, totaled three goals in 32 games for River Plate…Made 11 appearances and scored one goal in 407 minutes of action in his first season in Argentina’s SuperLiga in 2008…Made professional debut against Vélez Sarsfield as a 43rd-minute substitute…Helped the club lift the SuperLiga title in his rookie season…Scored two goals and registered 15 appearances in second season with River in 2009 in 573 minutes of play…After River’s relegation to the Primera B Nacional, saw limited action in club’s promotion campaign in 2011-12, playing 76 minutes…Loaned to Argentine second-division side Club Olimpo ahead of 2012-13 season, where he scored eight goals in 35 appearances and notched 2,710 minutes played across all competitions…Tallied a brace in 3-2 win over Huracán on Oct. 13, 2012…Loaned to Ecuador’s L.D.U. Quito ahead of 2013-14 campaign, where he scored four goals in 20 Serie A appearances…Played against Revolution midfielder Cristian Penilla in Ecuador when Penilla played for Barcelona SC and scored a brace in 2-2 draw against Penilla’s side on July 21, 2013…Loaned to Argentine SuperLiga club Gimnasia La Plata for second half of 2013-14 season where he scored one goal in 13 appearances and 545 minutes of play with the club…Loaned to fellow Buenos Aires-based side Racing Club ahead of 2014 Clausura season…Tied career-high of 10 goals in regular season in just 15 appearances and 1,182 minutes of play…Tallied a brace against Argentine giants Boca Juniors in 2-1 away win on Sept. 25, 2014…Permanently transferred to Racing Club on Jan. 1, 2015 after successful 2014 season on loan…Scored 17 goals in 39 starts with La Academia in 2015, playing career-high 3,440 minutes across all competitions…In 2015 Copa Libertadores run, led all players in the tournament by scoring eight goals in 10 appearances, and added five assists…Recorded back-to-back hat tricks in Libertadores play against Guaraní and Dep Táchira on Feb. 17, 2015 and Feb. 24, 2015 respectively…Played 3,050 minutes in 2016-17 season with Racing, amassing 16 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions, including two strikes in Copa Libertadores play against Puebla…Registered a brace against SuperLiga side Tigre in 4-1 win on Apr. 19, 2017…Joined Liga MX’s Club Tijuana ahead of the 2017 Apertura season…Played 2,634 minutes and scored 10 goals in 33 appearances in his debut season with Xolos…Scored four goals across four straight games with Tijuana in August 2017…Briefly sent back to Racing Club on loan for a portion of 2018-19 season…Scored one goal in 10 appearances before being recalled by Xolos ahead of 2018 Liga MX Clausura…Scored 11 goals in just 19 appearances across all competitions with Tijuana throughout the 2018-19 season…Scored one goal and made three appearances in 2018-19 Copa MX competition….Recorded a brace and an assist against Morelia on April 26, 2019…Registered two goals against León in the Quarterfinal Round of the Liga MX Clausura in May 2019.
Personal: Full name is Gustavo Leonardo Bou...Pronounced “goo-STAH-voh BOH”…Nicknamed “La Pantera”, or “The Panther”…Native Spanish speaker…Father of two daughters…Younger brother, Walter, plays for River Plate’s rival club, Boca Juniors, and most recently played on loan at Unión La Calera of Chile.
MLS All-Stars to face the LIGA MX All-Stars in the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on August 10