New England Revolution

New England Revolution don't need to change identity following Buksa sale, says Arena

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Bruce Arena must deal will the loss of star striker Adam Buksa.
Bruce Arena must deal will the loss of star striker Adam Buksa. / Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena has called for patience as his team recovers from the sale of Adam Buksa.

The Polish striker - who scored seven goals in 10 MLS appearances this season - recently sealed a big move to Ligue 1 side RC Lens, joining Tajon Buchanan and Matt Turner as key players to leave the Revs over the past year.

If New England have suffered from losing Buksa, they didn't show it as they beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday, thanks to goals from Argentine forward Gustavo Bou and Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Boateng.

Arena insists there's no need for a big evaluation of his team's playing style and is confident the Revs will remain a force in the Eastern Conference - they just need time as Bou regains full fitness and other key players like Henry Kessler come back into the fold.

"Let us get some games under our belt. Adam [Buksa] hasn’t been gone that long. Gustavo [Bou] just came back. You know, we will be bringing back Henry Kessler," Arena said in response to a possible change in identity for his team.

He added: "We’re not going to reinvent ourselves. But, we’re going to play into our strengths and we know our players. So, you know, I don’t think you’re going see a whole lot different than we’ve shown in the past."

Could Borreo/Bou connection carry New England Revolution?

One player who will certainly help carry the Revs forward is Dylan Borrero. The Colombia youth international logged his first start for the Revs following a move from Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro and provided the assist for Bou's opening goal.

The assist was the cherry on top of a promising 73-minute performance for Borrero, whose link-up with fellow South American forward Bou was particularly eye-catching.

"I think that with each training session and every day we spend together, we’re getting to know one another more and more," Borrero said of his growing relationship with Bou. "With all his experience, he talks to me about his movements, and it was nice to assist his goal because he’s picking up more confidence."

Saturday's win sees the Revs climb to eighth in the Eastern Conference ahead of Wednesday's clash with Orlando City.