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Revolution not changing approach despite busy upcoming MLS schedule

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Revolution not changing approach despite busy upcoming MLS schedule

The New England Revolution have a busy scheduling coming up with three Major League Soccer matches over the next nine days, beginning Saturday night with a showdown against New York Red Bulls.

The Revolution have struggled over the first two months of the 2019 season and enter this weekend at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a 1-1-5 record. Despite the tough schedule ahead, Revs coach Brad Friedel is making sure his players stay focused and not look ahead.

"Because of the situation that we're in with recent results, we are well and truly focused on New York. I don't think we have the luxury right now to be looking forward," Friedel said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub show "Zolak and Bertrand." "We've got to look at what's in front of us. We've got to be far more resilient at the back. We have to get our first clean sheet of the season.

"We have to build on that, and then hopefully the goals will come. Then, hopefully after three points against New York, then we can focus on Montreal. It's a one-game-at-a-time (mentality) right now."

Here's a snapshot of New England's results so far, along with a look at what lies ahead.

The Revolution have a good opportunity to pick up some much-needed points in the standings during this stretch. New York Red Bulls also are struggling out of the gate with a 1-2-3 record, and Sporting Kansas City is seventh in the Western Conference at 2-3-1. The Montreal Impact are third in the East at 3-2-2. 

The Revs' attack must improve ASAP if they're going to start a climb up the standings. New England has had trouble generating offense all season with just five goals scored through seven games. Atlanta United F.C. (four goals) is the only team in MLS with fewer goals scored.

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Highlights from the Revolution's 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps

Highlights from the Revolution's 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps

FINAL SCORE: Revolution 4, Whitecaps 0

IN BRIEF:  The Revs dominated in the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Gustavo Bou's debut with the club, where New England's newest member scored a goal in the 45' minute. 

BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 7-8-5 (30 points, 8th in Eastern Conference)

HIGHLIGHTS:

GUSTAVO BOU SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL AS A REV

THE CROWD SEEMS TO LIKE IT

FAGUNDEZ WITH THE INSURANCE SCORE

GIL ALL BUT SEALS IT

BUNBURY POURS SOME SALT IN THE WOUND

UP NEXT:
vs FC Cincinnati

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Gustavo Bou's first goal with the Revolution was a beauty

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Gustavo Bou's first goal with the Revolution was a beauty

Gustavo Bou has arrived.

The newest member of the Revolution, who was officially added to the roster on Monday, scored early in Wednesday night's match vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Not only did Bou score, but he did it in style:

Before joining the Revs, Bou played for Club Tijuana in Liga MX and recorded 21 goals and 14 assists in 55 matches. The 29-year-old's deal with New England could be worth up to $16 million, which is among the largest in franchise history.

If Wednesday night's match is a harbinger of what's to come, then it appears he'll be worth every penny.

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