Gustavo Bou scored the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute, and the New England Revolution snapped a three-match winless rut with a 2-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Foxboro, Mass.
With the match looking as if it would finish on level terms, Bou took advantage of a Fire turnover and blasted a left-footed shot from the top of the box and well past keeper Kenneth Kronholm for his fifth goal. It was a massive result for the Revolution (10-9-8, 38 points), who are in playoff position in the Eastern Conference, but were 0-1-2 in their previous three games.
Chicago (8-12-9, 33 points), below the playoff line in the East, left frustrated after applying quality pressure most of the night. The Fire had won three of their previous four.
The Fire, though, were rewarded in the 41st minute for their continued persistence. On Nico Gaitan's free kick, Francisco Calvo timed his break behind the New England defense and headed the ball past keeper Matt Turner.
Chicago was again the aggressor through the first nine minutes of the second half. Frankowski and Gaitan each put some heat on Turner, though nothing that found the back of the net.
New England got a strong look at going ahead but Bou's right-footed strike was saved by Kronholm on the hour mark. Kronholm again knocked down another Bou blast in the 82nd minute. Bou also missed over the bar on a free kick minutes later.
Bou, however, would get his due as the Fire were unable to clear the ball near the top of the box. He was there, delivered a nifty move, and made the Fire pay.
New England suffered a blow early when forward Teal Bunbury (five goals in 2019) left the pitch in the 12th minute with an apparent leg injury. The Fire, meanwhile, were minus star defender Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was back home for the birth of his second child.