The New England Revolution absolutely dominated Pumas from start to finish, the Mexican side barely looking like they wanted to be present. Snowy conditions played in the favor of the Revs, who were in their element in the weather. The Revolution were energized from the get-go, using their speed and smarts to break down their opponent in their first CONCACAF Champions League match in over a decade.
Carles Gil was absolutely magnificent yet again, assisting Sebastian Lletget with a perfect layoff touch, in which Lletget just finished well at the near post. Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou knocked at the door throughout the entire first half, but were ineffective in finishing, and proved unable to run up the lead before the halftime break.
The start of the second half was most of the same, New England the better team but not able to put the ball in the back of the net for a second time. After some wait, Adam Buksa finally managed to finish a chance, albeit on the second effort. The first shot was saved by Alfredo Talavera, and Buksa impressively curled his shot into the near post for a 2-0 lead.
Buksa added a massively important third goal in stoppage time, on the ball through from Carles Gil. Buksa took a positive touch and smashed home a shot with the right foot, granting the Revs a three-goal lead. The first leg could not have gone any better, Pumas will need to score three goals at home just to tie in next week’s second leg. The away goal rule is also in effect, meaning that if the Revolution can scratch one across in Mexico City, Pumas would need to score five to offset the aggregate score of New England.
With a CCL match on Wednesday, the Revs will need to refresh themselves to return to MLS play on Saturday. Real Salt Lake will visit town, no travel making the situation much easier. They will have two days in between their matches, so some squad rotation should be expected going into the RSL game on Saturday night.
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