New England tops DC United 3-2, is closer to points record

MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_13356 New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil (22) celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the D.C. United, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_73140 New England Revolution forward DeJuan Jones (24) passes the ball past D.C. United defender Julian Gressel (31) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_08108 D.C. United forward Nigel Robertha (19) sits on the field after an MLS soccer match against the New England Revolution, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_87476 D.C. United forward Ramon Abila heads the ball with New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell (2) and midfielder Brandon Bye (15) nearby during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_06208 New England Revolution midfielder Luis Caicedo (27) and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum (15) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_58114 New England Revolution midfielder Luis Caicedo (27) and D.C. United forward Nigel Robertha (19) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_66541 D.C. United forward Nigel Robertha, left, celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the New England Revolution, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
MLS_Revolution_DC_United_Soccer_96338 New England Revolution defender Henry Kessler (4) passes the ball in front of D.C. United forward Nigel Robertha (19) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Washington. The Revolution won 3-2.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Buksa, Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou all scored after halftime to give the New England Revolution a 3-2 win over D.C. United on Wednesday night.

New England (21-4-6) extended its undefeated run to eight games, and notched its third straight victory over D.C. United (12-13-5) this season. With four matches remaining in the regular season, the Revolution are three points shy of tying the single-season points record of 72 set by LAFC in the 2019 season.

Buksa and Gil scored three minutes apart to give New England a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute. Buksa headed in Tommy McNamara’s cross to the penalty spot for his 14th goal of the season. And Gil cut back his defender along the 18-yard line and took another touch for clear shooting lane.

Bou made it 3-1 in the 79th by sending home a deflected shot of Buksa’s back-heel pass.

D.C. United struck first in the 51st when Ola Kamara’s shot on a counter attack went off the post and fell to the feet of Nigel Robertha for an easy finish into an empty net. Ramón Ábila added a header goal in the 93rd.

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