The New England Revolution aim to ride the momentum of their strongest offensive showing of the season into their road match against D.C. United on Sunday night.
The Revolution (4-3-6, 18 points) flipped the switch and secured their first home victory with a galvanizing 3-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday. Gustavo Bou joined Henry Kessler and Diego Fagundez in providing the offense against the Impact.
"He's a goal scorer. He'll score goals," New England coach Bruce Arena said of the 30-year-old Bou, who is tied with Teal Bunbury for the team lead in goals (four).
"The last couple of games I think he's backed off from a couple chances, so (Wednesday's) goal I think will give him a little confidence. And if he can be a little bit more aggressive, he should score goals."
Bou liked what he saw from his team's ability to generate offensive opportunities vs. Montreal.
"I think we created about five or six solid chances (Wednesday) and scored three, so as a forward and as an attacker I'm really happy with that, and I think this is really going to help us moving forward," Bou said through a translator.
Bou and Bunbury each scored a goal in the first half of the Revolution's 2-1 road win over D.C. United on Aug. 25.
Ola Kamara converted a penalty kick in that match vs. New England. Kamara shares the team lead in goals with two for D.C. United (2-6-5, 11 points), who saw their winless streak extend to four matches (0-2-2) with a 1-0 decision to expansion Nashville SC on Wednesday.
"We were a bunch of frauds in the first half of that game and it was an unacceptable performance from us," D.C. United midfielder Russell Canouse said. "It was uninspiring. We looked like we were still on Sun Country Airlines or whatever we flew here this morning and it just wasn't cutting it."
Federico Higuain, who joins defender Frederic Brillant and Kamara with two goals apiece, scored D.C. United's lone goal in a 1-1 draw with the Revolution on July 17.
--Field Level Media