FOXBOROUGH —Make your touches on the ball worth it. Make your runs off the ball meaningful.
Both of those things occurred in the lead-up to New England’s first of four goals in Saturday night's 4-1 win over Orlando City.
The Edgar Castillo-to-Gustavo Bou sequence in only the game’s third minute, when you slow it down and break it down, is what coaches all over the soccer world preach: clean touches, solid hold-up, a pass, and a crisp finish.
The sequence begins with Bou dribbling away from the touchline, with Castillo making an overlapping run to the Argentine’s left. Bou then gives a sharp back heel to the New Mexico native.