August 13, 2022

Adam Buksa seemed destined to set Revolution records this season. Instead, Buksa set an off-field standard for the team, earning a transfer worth $10 million from RC Lens in the French Ligue 1.

Buksa, 25, played his last game for the Revolution on May 21, extending his scoring streak to seven games in a 3-2 win over FC Cincinnati. Buksa, New England’s top scorer with 11 goals in 13 games in all competitions, finalized the deal following a recent medical, according to an MLS source.

The Revolution acquired Buksa on a $4 million transfer from Pogon Sczcecin to Poland in 2020. Buksa quickly adapted to the Revolution’s style of play, performing as a lone striker or in tandem with Gustavo Bou. He has become one of the few MLS-based players to be called up to the Poland national team (five goals in seven appearances) and will join the team for matches next month, likely leading to a roster spot of the World Cup.

Buksa converted on his home debut at Gillette Stadium, a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire, before the 2020 season was halted due to the pandemic. Buksa finished with seven goals in 28 games in all competitions in his first year with the Revolution and last year scored 16 goals, tied for fifth in the league.

Adam Buksa, 25, played his last game for the Revolution on May 21.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Buksa’s first two seasons with the Revolution ended in playoff losses. In the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals, Buksa drilled a breakaway off the post in the first half of a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew and last year his attempt was saved in a loss on penalties against New York City FC.

Listed at 6ft 4in, Buksa presented a threat in the air and as a heist target, playing with his back to goal. But Buksa also displayed a soft touch and ability to dribble past defenders, as well as finishing ability with both feet; he totaled 15 left-footed goals, seven right-footed, plus 13 via headers for the Revolution.

Buksa began his seven-game streak in a 2-1 win over Charlotte on April 16, en route to tying Wolde Harris’ team record, set in 2000. Buksa finished 11th on the all-time list Revolution time with 35 goals in 73 games.

With Lens, Buksa will join former Chicago Fire midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski, also a member of the Poland national team. Lens, founded in 1906, finished last season with an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3), finishing in seventh place with a 17-10-11 record (62 points). The Ligue 1 season will start on August 6.

Adam Buksa has secured a transfer worth around $10m from RC Lens in the French Ligue 1.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Revolution have accelerated their involvement in the transfer market since Bruce Arena was hired as sporting director/head coach in 2019. Arena spent a team record $6.7 million on Bou and sold last year midfielder Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge, Belgium) and goalkeeper Matt Turner (Arsenal FC) for $7 million in transfer fees.

Arena replaced Buchanan with Colombian winger Dylan Borrero ($4.5m) from Atletico Mineiro and added goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic ($1m) from Cuckaricki in Serbia. The Buksa acquisition also sets a record for a Lens transfer purchase, according to the Transfermarkt website.

The Revolution were willing to sell Buksa in part because his contract expires in December 2023, making him a free agent who could move on without incurring a transfer fee.

Arena are expected to use Buksa’s transfer money to add a Designated Player, but it may not be a striker. Jozy Altidore was acquired from Toronto FC as insurance in the event of Buksa leaving, and Arena said he expects him to be near full throttle next month.

The Revolution (4-5-4, 16 points) resume league play with a visit to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.


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