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Awesome Gustavo Bou goal powers Revolution to win vs. Impact in MLS tourney opener

Awesome Gustavo Bou goal powers Revolution to win vs. Impact in MLS tourney opener

The New England Revolution returned to game action Thursday night with a statement win.

The Revs earned an exciting 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact in their first Group C game of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando.

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A sensational goal by star forward Gustavo Bou and a spectacular performance from goalkeeper Matt Turner earned the Revs a crucial three points ahead of next week's group stage clash with D.C. United.

These teams were deadlocked 0-0 until Bou unleashed a rocket of a shot from just inside the 18-yard box to give New England the all-important first goal in the 56th minute. Bou showed impressive control to fake a shot with his right foot, bring the ball back to his left foot and power it past Impact goalkeeper Clément Diop.

Bou had eight shots total, with three on target. New England had 19 shots (four on target) overall, far outpacing Montreal's seven shots (two on target).

The Impact nearly evened the score and earned a point deep into stoppage time but Turner came up with one of the best saves of the tournament so far. He was barely able to get his left glove on a shot that appeared to change direction right as it was approaching the net.

Revolution midfielder Carles Gil also had a great game, including an assist on Bou's winning goal. 

How important was this win for the Revs?

It gives them an opportunity to clinch a spot in the knockout round of the tournament if they beat D.C. United next Thursday or Toronto F.C. on July 21. Group stage points also count toward the 2020 MLS regular season standings, so the Revs have picked up three points for that campaign as well. 

Revolution eliminated from MLS is Back tournament after 1-0 loss to Union

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Revolution eliminated from MLS is Back tournament after 1-0 loss to Union

The New England Revolution were eliminated from the MLS is Back tournament Saturday night as they suffered a 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

Sergio Santos scored in the 63rd minute to propel Philadelphia to the quarterfinals and snap the Revs' four-match unbeaten streak.

With midfielder Carles Gil out due to a foot injury, the Revs failed to get anything going offensively. Frustration boiled over after the game as New England coach Bruce Arena was handed a red card, presumably for comments made to the officials.

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The Union will play the winner of Sunday’s match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City on Thursday.

After their loss, the Revolution now are 1-1-3 with six points in regular season and 1-2-3 overall.

MLS is Back: Date, time, opponent for Revolution's knockout stage match

MLS is Back: Date, time, opponent for Revolution's knockout stage match

The New England Revolution have survived and advanced.

The Revs are through to the Round of 16 in the MLS is Back Tournament after playing Toronto FC to a 0-0 draw Tuesday.

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Next up for New England: a knockout stage matchup with the Philadelphia Union. Here are the viewing details for Revs-Union:

When: Saturday, July 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
How to Watch/Listen: ESPN2, TSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

The Union finished second in Group A with seven points (2-0-1, plus-2 goal differential), while the Revs earned second place in Group C with a 1-0-2 record and plus-1 goal differential.

It's now win-or-go-home for the Revs, who can advance to the quarterfinals by defeating Philadelphia on Saturday night.