Revolution will win the season's 20th match and move a step closer to Supporters Shield

Revolution will win the season's 20th match and move a step closer to Supporters Shield ...

The Revolution gained their first 20-win season and took another step toward their second Supporters' Shield with a 4-1 victory over CF Montreal on Wednesday night.

The Revolution started with first-half goals by DeJuan Jones and Adam Buksa, as well as an own goal off a Gustavo Bou cross, which boosted the Revolution (20-4-5, 65 points) off to tenth place as they finished in on league records of 22 wins and 72 points. They also improved to 9-3-3 on the road, winning at Montreal's Stade Saputo for the first time since 2017.

Jones opened the scoring, one-timing a left-foot follow-up to sa Carles Gil rebound in the 10th minute. Matt Polster came out of the back to develop a Gil-Jones combination, Bou finding Tajon Buchanan, then Brandon Bye crossing from the left. Gil's volley off a deflection was saved, and the rebound was given to Jones, who converted his third goal of the season.

Buksa put the lead back with his 13th goal, heading in a Bou cross in the 17th minute. Bou and Buchanan played a give-and-go while Bous return feed was redirected for an own goal by Rudy Camacho in the 30th minute, gaining dread with ten goals. Following a Jones sliding stop in the goal area, Montreal (10-10-7, 37 points) reacted on the kickoff, then scored off threw-in as Joaqun Torres converted from the top of the penalty area in ten minutes.

The Revolution, who take a 17-day break before meeting the Chicago Fire on Oct. 16, seemed to back off in the second half, before Bou converted his 13th goal of the season in 86th minute.

It was a really sloppy game on our part, Revolution coach Bruce Arena said. I believe we played well in the first half for a good 30 minutes or so. Second half, I felt Montreal had the greatest of us for long periods of the game, and if they had gotten a second goal, it would have made things fascinating. We performed better in the last 10-15 minutes.

Observations from the game:

It's rare for coaches to alter a successful start 11; however it took until the 28th and 29th games of the season for Arena to utilize the same lineup in consecutive matches. Arena said of setting the lineup, "We're not concerned about that right now." Were concerned about improving our team, bringing everyone together, and going through the last five games in the regular season to see what makes sense as we prepare for the playoffs. I believe we won't be playing a playoff game until Nov. 30. As a result, we have some time to figure out what is going on.

In the second half, the Revolution defense was spared uncathed by a series of Montreal strikes from the right wing. Romell Quioto headed wide in the 64th and 65th minutes, and two other crosses rolled through the Revolution goal area, close to an open goal. Jones struggled to shut down that part of the field, but he recovered to assist stymie threats by Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (78th) and Djordje Mihailovic (79th). Jones did a good job throughout the night, Arena said. We had a little difficulty with our defense in the second half on that side of the field, but we got progressively better in last 10 minutes.

Matt Polster led the way as the Revolution controlled the midfield, outdued Samuel Piette and Victor Wanyama for the majority of the first half. Polster retreated to a deep-lying position in starting the plays, which resulted in the opening two goals. In the second half, Polster added an attacking threat, moving ahead after Luis Caicedo and Wilfrid Kaptoum joined in holding roles.

Bou often makes things appear simple with the most basic plays. Bou admitted to resurrecting Buksa's position while assuming a teammate would be available at the back post on the second goal, in launching if he didn't bother. Bou then turned to a simple pairing with Buchanan, his cross freezing goalkeeper James Pantemis, as it was deflected just inside the near post for the second goal. Bou drew Joel Waterman to the ground and scored towards the far side of the net off a Kaptoum through ball after capturing ecstatic six-game scoring drought with an efficient finish.

The Revolution has completed 57 goals, two better than the previous team's best, set in 2003 and 05. They led the league in scoring issues, outscoring the opposition from 29 to 19.

MLS action while on international duty will not be missed by Buchanan, Buksa, and Matt Turner. Turner has been called up to the US national team for World Cup qualifiers, and Buchanan (Canada) and Buksa (Poland) are likely to compete. Buksa improved his scoring streak to three consecutive games, but a right-footer was deflected off the post by Pantemis in the first half and missed an open net in stoppage time.


CF MONTREAL: James Pantemis; Joel Waterman, Rudy Camacho, Kamal Miller; Mathieu Choiniere (Ballou Tabla Jean-Yves 75th), Joaquin Torres, Victor Wanyama, Samuel Piette (Bejorn Johnsen 68th) Djordje Mihailovic, Zorhan Bassong (Zachary Brault-Guillard 55th); Romell Quioto.

Matt Turner; Brandon Bye; Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones; Tajon Buchanan (Luis Caicedo 80th), Carles Gil, Tommy McNamara (Wilfrid Kaptoum 80nd), Matt Polster (Scott Caldwell 88th); Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa REVOLUTION: Matt Turf (Mild Well 87th).

Ismail Elfath, the referee. Jones tenth, Buksa 17th and own goal (Camacho) 30th; Torres 32nd, Bou 86th.

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