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MLS Preseason 2020: New England Revolution cruise to 3-1 victory over Portland Timbers behind Gustavo Bou brace

The New England Revolution enjoyed a strong end to preseason, topping the Portland Timbers 3-1 at Providence Park a week before the 2020 MLS season gets underway.

Designated Player Gustavo Bou led the way with two goals on both sides of halftime, with Adam Buksa scoring the game's final goal to pace the Revs.

It was the Timbers who scored the game's first goal, courtesy of veteran midfielder Diego Chara, who found the ball after goalkeeper Matt Turner made a save but sent the ball back into the box.

The Revolution began their comeback in the 42nd minute, however, with Bou scoring first from a Brandon Bye cross.

Three minutes after halftime, Bou scored again from a penalty kick earned after Larrys Mabiala fouled Buksa in the box.

The Revolution added to their lead just three minutes later, with Bou continuing his strong streak with an assist to Buksa's goal.

New England maintained dominant form to finish out the match, ending a five match preseason with a record of 2W-2L-1T. Portland ends preseason with a second consecutive loss, but with a winning record of 4W-2L-0T in six exhibition matches.

Goals

  • 29' - POR - Diego Chara
  • 42' - NE - Gustavo Bou
  • 48' - NE - Gustavo Bou
  • 51' - NE - Adam Buksa

Lineups

Portland Timbers starting XI: Steve Clark; Jorge Moreira, Larrys Mabiala, Dario Zuparic, Jorge Villafana; Cristhian Paredes, Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco; Yimmi Chara, Felipe Mora

New England Revolution starting XI: Matt Turner; Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye, DeJuan Jones; Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Gustavo Bou; Teal Bunbury, Cristian Penilla, Adam Buksa

Next Up

  • POR: Sunday, March 1 vs. Minnesota United (7:30 pm ET | FS1 in US | MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)
  • NE: Saturday, February 29 at Montreal Impact (3:00 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US | TVAS in Canada)
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