WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2023) –The New England Revolution (4-1-0, 12 pts.) came from behind to defeat D.C. United (1-3-1; 4 pts.), 2-1, on Saturday night at Audi Field to improve to four wins in five games to open the 2023 MLS regular season. Revolution captain Carles Gil recorded his 50th MLS assist on Gustavo Bou’s equalizer in the second half, before Homegrown Player Noel Buck tallied the game-winning goal in the 88th minute to secure the three points and lift New England into first place in the Eastern Conference through Matchday 5.
Bruce Arena deployed a starting lineup that featured three players 18-years-old or younger with Homegrown Players Noel Buck (17), Esmir Bajraktarevic (18), and Jack Panayotou (18) all featuring in the Starting XI. Buck, making his fifth consecutive start to begin the season, tallied his second MLS goal with the game-winning tally in the 88th minute as his deflected shot broke the 1-1 tie. Panayotou played 77 minutes in his MLS debut, while Bajraktarevic made his season debut in his second MLS start and fourth career appearance.
Despite the Revolution outshooting the hosts 11-5 in the first half, D.C. United got on the board first with a goal from Christian Benteke moments before halftime. The Revolution rebounded quickly as Gil entered the match in the 62nd minute and made one of his first touches count. The captain sent a cross to Bou at the back post, who corralled the long pass off his chest to set himself up for a right-footed shot that pulled the Revolution level at 1-1 in the 63rd minute.
With his 50th assist, Gil becomes the third Revolution player to reach the half-century mark and pulls even with Lee Nguyen for second-most assists in club history. With the goal, Bou now has 39 regular season tallies with New England and two on the season after three starts.
New England’s next match on Saturday, April 1 at home against New York City FC is also free to watch on the Apple TV app. The 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium will be available locally on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies calling the action, and on 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.