So what does having three Designated Players on the pitch look like? On Thursday night in Orlando New England Revolution fans found out. With Carles Gil, Adam Buksa, and Gustavo Bou all on the pitch for the first time together the Revs downed the Montreal Impact 1-0. With the win the Revs pick up a critical win in the MLS is Back tournament.
“Well first of all, it definitely makes training pretty interesting every day,” said Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner on having three DP’s on the field. “These guys are extremely talented. Gustavo, Adam, Carles. Anytime they have the chance to shoot, they will. They create good opportunities. It keeps our defenders on their toes in training. It keeps me on my toes in training. It just raises the level of everybody when you have quality around each other. It’s been great. We know that if we can do our job defensively, at minimum those guys up front are going to get one goal. It really holds us accountable to do our job and we know we’ll put ourselves in a position to get at least one, hopefully three points in every game.”
Carles Gil who missed the first two matches of the year with a foot injury was on point creating a match-high 12 chances. The rest of the field combined had 11 chances and according to Opta, the 12 chances are the highest single-match total for the Revolution since they started tracking the stat.
“He was excellent,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena on Carles Gil’s play.” Carles plays like that every game. He’s one of the better players in the league. You can see what a difference he makes in our team. We certainly missed him in the first two games of the year. It’s great to have him back and it was great to see him perform so well tonight.”
Gil completed 54 of 63 pass attempts and in the final third he went 26-for-33. His 26 passes in the final third were the highest of the match.
In addition to having Gil back on the pitch, you could see how far the chemistry between him and Bou has come since the end of last season. Gil completed 14 passes to Bou throughout the match, the highest number of pass combinations between two players in the entire match. Bou completed 11 passes to Gil. Combined the pair had 25 passes between them to each other.
“I feel very good, very comfortable,” said Gustavo Bou on his chemistry with Carles Gil. “I’m fortunate to have great chemistry with him. He knows my game, I know his game. Carles is truly an excellent player. He’s the type of player that every team wants to have. We have a lot of confidence in Carles. He’s a very good technical player. We know that at any moment Carles can set you up for a big goal or a big play. I’m very comfortable with the dynamic I’ve built with Carles.”
So how about Adam Buksa? The tall striker only completed 9 of 10 passes but was very efficient in doing so and was credited with one chance created. He also was solid on defense with three clearances and one aerial duel won.
New England will be back in action next Thursday when they take on D.C. United at 8 p.m. on FS1.
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