Bou scores twice, New England reaches MLS Eastern finals

MLS Soccer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)Gustavo Bou scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to help the New England Revolution beat 10-man Orlando City 3-1 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Eighth-seeded New England will play at Columbus next Sunday for a spot in the MLS Cup final. The Crew advanced Sunday night with a 2-0 overtime victory over visiting Nashville.

Fourth-seeded Orlando City had a chance to tie it at 2 in the 74th minute, but Matt Turner stopped Nani on a penalty kick. Twelve minutes later, Bou ran to Carles Gil’s through ball and sent it between goalkeeper Brian Rowe’s legs for a 3-1 lead.

The teams combined for three goals in the opening 33 minutes. Gil opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a penalty kick after Uri Rosell was taken down at the edge of the box. Bou gave New England a 2-0 lead in the 26th off a rebound off the post, and Orlando City scored in the 33rd when Junior Urso’s capitalized on a loose ball in front of the goal.

Orlando City’s Mauricio Pereyra was sent off in the 60th for a studs-up tackle of Matt Polster.

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