In-form Bouanga fires reigning MLS champions LAFC past Revolution


Denis Bouanga continued his hot streak as LAFC piled on at least three goals for the third straight game to start the 2023 season.

Denis Bouanga made it five goals in two games as reigning MLS Cup winners LAFC maintained their perfect start to the 2023 season with a 4-0 home victory over New England on Sunday.

LAFC improved to two wins from two games when Bouanga scored a 14th-minute penalty before doubling their advantage midway through the second half at Banc of California Stadium. Timothy Tillman and Stipe Biuk added late goals to complete the win.

The result ends the Revs’ winning start to the new campaign as they fall to 2-0-1 as they look to bounce back from missing the postseason last year.

Gabon winger Bouanga, who joined LAFC in August from French club Saint Etienne, scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 Champions League win at Alajuelense in midweek.

Bouanga flew through the middle to open the scoring before beating the offside trap to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute.

Tillman got rid of Latif Blessing and sailed into the box to fire in the third in the 83rd minute, with Bouanga playing a role as Biuk added the fourth in the 96th minute.

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