Major League Soccer

Adam Buksa reveals key to successful partnership with Gustavo Bou

Chris Smith
Buksa and Bou have been the most productive strike partnership in MLS this season.
Buksa and Bou have been the most productive strike partnership in MLS this season. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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New England Revolution striker Adam Buksa has explained why he gels so well with strike partner Gustavo Bou.

Buksa scored twice as the newly-crowned Supporters' Shield champions came from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Orlando City on Sunday.

The Poland international's first goal was set up by a perfectly-weighted pass from Bou, who has now assisted his strike partner on six occasions this season, making them the most productive creator-to-goalscorer partnership in MLS.

Speaking in Sunday's post-match press conference, Buksa revealed the inner workings of his partnership with the Argentine.

"The last couple of goals were set up by Gustavo, and the relationship that we've created works very, very well," he told reporters. "The way that works, I think he loves coming in between the lines and he's very good at it. He can take the ball and deliver fantastic crosses.

"I wouldn't say Gustavo is a typical number nine, so he likes getting to the ball and the ball loves him, too. So, with that in mind, I just try to find a space between the centre-backs of the opposing team and just make the right movement, the right timing, and just get there and finish that up. That's what has happened a few times so far this season and we believe that it's all there.”

Revs head coach Bruce Arena believes the key is Buksa and Bou playing alongside each other consistently over the past two years.

“[Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa] have been together for two years now," he said. "They’re good players and they’re around each other now on a steady basis. They’ve developed a good working relationship.”

With two games to go, the Revs need just three points to set the MLS regular-season points record, currently held by the 2019 LAFC side that finished the campaign with 72.

Both games are at home, starting with a tough test against the Colorado Rapids before hosting Inter Miami on Decision Day.

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