Revolution Roll Past D.C United 4-0 Behind Harkes First Mutli-Goal Game
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (July 15, 2023) – The New England Revolution (12-4-7; 43 pts.) maintained their undefeated home record by dispatching D.C. United (8-10-6; 30 pts.), 4-0, on Saturday night in front of 29,884 at Gillette Stadium. Midfielder Ian Harkes, making his second Revolution start, notched his first career multi-goal game while Carles Gil registered his second multi-assist game of the season. Gustavo Bou opened the scoring with his fifth of the year, before an own goal by D.C. capped the scoring. New England earned its seventh shutout of the season behind a four-save effort from goalkeeper Djordje Petrović.
The Revolution opened the scoring in the 45th minute, when Gustavo Bou got on the end of a Carles Gil cross, sending a glancing header past D.C. United goalkeeper Tyler Miller. Bou is now tied with Steve Ralston for fifth on the club’s all-time scoring list with 42 tallies in regular season play. The Argentine striker finished the night with seven shots, including five in the first first-half shots for a second straight match.
New England struck again just before the half as Harkes notched his first of two goals on the night, chipping Miller to double the Revolution lead after Bobby Wood forced a turnover in the midfield and played Harkes in on goal. Harkes, signed by New England earlier in July after four seasons with Dundee United in Scotland, struck again early in the second half, tucking a Carles Gil pass off the bottom of the crossbar to complete his brace. An own goal by D.C. United’s Brendan Hines-Ike in the 73rd minute finished off the scoring for New England.
Gil notched his second multi-assist game of 2023 and now leads the league with 12 helpers on the year. The Spaniard becomes the second Revolution player in club history with 60 assists in regular season play and 70 assists across all competitions. Gil, along with Petrović, will depart for Washington, D.C. to join the 2023 MLS All-Star Team ahead of Wednesday night’s showcase match against Arsenal FC (7:30 p.m. ET – MLS Season Pass on Apple TV).
After Matchday 26, New England and all MLS clubs will pause the regular season for five weeks to begin the highly anticipated Leagues Cup 2023 tournament. New England will open tournament play with a Group Stage matchup at the New York Red Bulls on July 22, followed by a home match against LIGA MX side Atletico de San Luis on July 26 at Gillette Stadium. Both matches are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch every Leagues Cup match on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.