Revolution

Sweeney: On Saturday night, Gustavo Bou delivered what might be the signature goal of the 2019 season

FOXBOROUGH — The result, after 85 minutes of play Saturday night, looked rather bleak. Admit it: you thought this had draw written all over it.

The Revolution were level with visiting Chicago, 1-1, after Gustavo Bou had sent a free kick from 24 yards away sailing over the crossbar. That result, coupled with Toronto FC knocking off Montreal, 2-1, in a concurrent fixture, would have moved the Revs down a slot to seventh in the Eastern Conference. Still in the playoff race, sure, but now in a spot of bother given that the Reds were set to come here seven days later.

It was an unfortunate narrative that has, to be fair, been a downside of — read: plagued — this 2019 season. Points have dropped faster than ripe fruit at your favorite neighborhood apple orchard in mid-October. All told, New England had dropped 43 points entering the weekend, and if that 1-1 scoreline had continued to full time, it would have been 45 points dropped. It also would have been the club’s third successive draw. “Same old, same old Revs” would have been the cry from the Doom and Gloom Society on the #NERevs hashtag.

Yet in the next minute, Bou changed that entire narrative around with a blistering left-footed strike that Chicago goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm would have needed a jet pack strapped to his back in order to stop. That goal, his fifth in seven games since the Revs acquired him from Xolos in Liga MX, gave New England a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Fire, and three oh-so-important points in the Eastern Conference playoff race.