Gustavo Bou scored two goals and Carles Gil continued his excellent postseason with a penalty score as well as an assist, as the visiting New England Revolution beat Orlando City 3-1 on Sunday in the Conference semifinals. East of MLS.
After a disappointing regular season where Bou had just five goals and three assists, the Argentina native now has three goals and one assist in the Revolution’s three playoff games.
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Gil has scored or assisted on five of New England’s seven playoff goals after a foot injury limited him to six regular season appearances.
The eighth-seeded Revolution will visit Columbus Crew SC or Nashville SC in the conference final. Both teams are scheduled to play in the other Eastern Conference semi-final on Sunday night.
Junior Urso scored just past the half-hour mark to cut Orlando City’s early deficit to 2-1, a score that held until Bou found the goal for the second time in the 86th minute.
Orlando City was injured in the second playoff game in its history. Mauricio Pereyra got a red card in the 60th minute after his crampons caught the back of Matt Polster’s leg during a slippery challenge. It was the third red card for the Lions in two playoff games.
Revolutionary keeper Matt Turner then saved Nani’s penalty try in the 74th minute after Polster fouled Daryl Dike inside the spot. Turner finished with two saves.
Gil’s penalty score put New England 1-0 ahead after 17 minutes. Tajon Buchanan drew by cutting into the right side of the penalty area, then fell back to the goal line and was tripped by Oriol Rosell’s extended right leg.
Referee Alex Chilowicz immediately indicated the spot, and Gil stepped up to convert his second goal of the playoffs, resulting in a penalty down the middle as goalie Brian Rowe dove to his right.
Buchanan was the originator of New England’s second goal nine minutes later, clearing again to the right with an overlapping run. He passed to the near post where Adam Buksa met the ball with a slippery volley that hit the post and leaped into the face of the goal, where Bou put the rebound over the goal line.
Orlando cut the deficit in half seven minutes later when New England failed to get past Nani’s long diagonal cross and Urso sent an easy finish.
Bou put the game aside when he ran on Gil’s ball and scored a low finish in front of Rowe.