Gustavo Bou celebrates his game winning goal. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Gustavo Bou scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lift the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact in the Play-In Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Foxborough Stadium Friday night.
The game was an intense affair that featured coaches with Red Bulls ties – the Revs’ Bruce Arena coached the club from 2006-07 and the Impact’s Thierry Henry played for the side from 2010-2014.
Bou ripped a shot from 26 yards into the lower left corner to snap a 1-1 deadlock.
GAME WINNER AT THE DEATH! 😱
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“We were fortunate we scored a great goal,” Arena told FS1. “This is what a playoff game looks like. You have to deal with the highs and lows.”
Carles Gil boosted the hosts into the lead in the 38th minute, but Romell Quioto equalized for the Impact in the 61st minute.
Depending on the result of the second game of the night between expansion teams Nashville SC and Inter Miami, New England could play the Philadelphia Union or Toronto FC Tuesday night.
“I think when we arrive in Philadelphia, they’re going to give us the Supporters’ Shield because we earned it for them,” Arena quipped.
The Revs and Union played a stunning five times during the regular season with New England going winless in five matches (0-4-1).