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Must-See Goal: Gustavo Bou

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Gustavo Bou had his ‘Welcome to MLS’ moment on Wednesday, and it didn’t even take an entire half in his league debut.

The Argentine, just a week after signing with the New England Revolution, announced himself to the home fans with an incredible golazo on the volley off a corner kick. The goal put the Revolution up 1-0 over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first half.

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Bou joins MLS coming off a half season where he scored 10 goals in 16 games for Club Tijuana in Liga MX. He spent the Apertura, or fall half of the season with his former club in Argentina, Racing.

Watch the goal below.

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena even had a quick quip after the goal was scored when interviewed at halftime.

Toronto FC trades Hamilton for Mullins, Revs sign Bou as DP

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A pair of moves took place on Wednesday in Major League Soccer, with immediate impact likely on both ends.

First, the New England Revolution officially announced the signing of Argentinian striker Gustavo Bou on a Designated Player contract, occupying New England’s second DP slot next to Carles Gil. According to reporter Ives Galarcep, Bou cost somewhere around $6-7 million, while the Boston Globe’s Frank Dell’Apa reports that number rises to $12 million guaranteed cost when factoring in his salary, with the potential to rise as high as $16 million.

Bou, a 29-year-old attacker who has played for Argentinian clubs River Plate and Racing Club before most recently arriving from Liga MX side Club Tijuana, comes to New England in good form. He blitzed the most recent Liga MX Clausura, scoring eight goals in 14 matches, finishing with five goals in his last four regular-season matches before grabbing two in his two playoff appearances.

‚ÄúGustavo is a versatile, creative forward with a proven history of success who will bring a high level of experience and leadership to the roster,‚ÄĚ Revolution head coach Bruce Arena said in the official club release. ‚ÄúWe have followed him for a number of years and have confidence he will be an integral part of our success this year and moving forward. We look forward to welcoming him to New England.‚ÄĚ

Aside from the big-money Revs signing, there was a significant trade that took place Wednesday, although not yet official. According to The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal, Toronto FC sent 23-year-old academy product Jordan Hamilton to the Columbus Crew in exchange for journeyman striker Patrick Mullins. The deal is significant as Hamilton, a Canadian international, had spent his entire career with Toronto, never truly gaining a consistent foothold in the starting lineup. He is acquired by former Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko who now serves as Columbus Crew president.

With Hamilton leaving his boyhood club with four goals in 14 appearances – including seven starts – this season, the 27-year-old Mullins heads in the opposite direction to join his fifth MLS club. He has yet to score in nine appearances this season – seven of those off the bench – but comes in as an experienced bench option to back up injury-prone Jozy Altidore.

Argentine first-divison’s Racing Club downs Godoy Cruz for first title in 13 years

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After 13 long years failing to end as champions in Argentina’s Primera Division, Racing Club cemented their rise to the top of the league with a 1-0 win over¬†Godoy Cruz on Sunday.

Midfielder Ricky Centurion buried the headed goal in the 49th minute and secured Racing’s first-place finish, two points in front of River Plate.

This victory satisfyingly ended the Tortoises’ season that marked a huge jump from their 18th-place 2013-14 conclusion.

For the majority of the fall,¬†forward-winger hybrid Gustavo Bou, who has been one of the most clinical finishers in the Primera so far, supplemented Racing’s top-notch attack.

The Associated Press¬†also properly recognized the arrival of veteran striker Diego Milito as an integral moment of the year, since the longtime Serie A man has proved his close-range striking worth in several of¬†La Academia’s¬†crucial matches.

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The star all season has been Diego Milito, who returned to the club from Inter Milan. He started at Racing Club 15 years ago, left to play across Spain and Italy – and for Argentina’s national team – before “going home.”

This championship, though, only marks the first half of the Primera Division title, with the second one arriving in the next half of the season. The season is divided into two parts: The Torneo Incial,  which spans up to this point, and the Torneo Final, which materializes until the spring of 2015.

Two teams will now be relegated to second division Primera B, while two teams from the lower tier will be promoted for the next part of the Argentine footballing year.

Racing, due to this triumph, will now have the opportunity to play the victor of the next half in the “Copa Campeonato”, known as the true final, a matchup of¬†Torneo Incial and Torneo Final winners.