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Revolution HC Bruce Arena reflects on 2019, cracks joke about coaching next year

Revolution HC Bruce Arena reflects on 2019, cracks joke about coaching next year

It was a disappointing ending to the 2019 campaign for Bruce Arena and the Revolution as they fell to Atlanta United in the first round of the playoffs, but the Revs' head coach still has his sense of humor.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Arena was asked whether reviving the Revolution's season after being hired in May "rekindled his love for coaching." Predictably, Arena had a perfect response.

“I’ll be coaching next year, I can tell you that. I know that much," Arena said. "Well, I’m hopefully coaching next year. I might get hit by a bus between now and then.”

Fair enough, Bruce.

The Revs were a last-place club when Arena took over midseason, then they rolled to a 9-5-10 record in 24 matches with Arena leading the charge. Arena took pride in his club's performance, even in its loss vs. Atlanta.

"I think the year was a good year for the Revolution," Arena said. "I was very pleased with our performance in Atlanta. Certainly disappointed that we didn't win the game, but that was a very competitive game and I think we showed well.

As for whether Arena is looking forward to the offseason, he makes his feelings crystal clear.

"No," Arena answered when asked if the offseason is fun for him. "Want me to expand on that? No, it is not. The fun part is in-season ... but we know what our needs are, and we'll try and fill those needs."

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Bruce Arena commends Revolution's effort in season-ending playoff loss to Atlanta United

Bruce Arena commends Revolution's effort in season-ending playoff loss to Atlanta United

The New England Revolution fought hard on Sunday afternoon, but they ultimately weren't able to escape the first round of the MLS playoffs. They fell by a score of 1-0 to Atlanta United in the single-elimination round.

Despite the disappointing end result, Revs head coach Bruce Arena commended his team for their effort in the contest, saying that their performance was "outstanding" and implying that they easily could have won the game. 

"The effort was outstanding," Arena said to reporters after the game. "I thought it was a good game. You know, we could have been the team walking off the field 1-0. Both teams had chances. They converted one, we did not. I thought, for the most part, we played well.

"All these little plays are the difference in the game. We knew it would be one play. We fully expected to be able to go toe-to-toe with them for 90 minutes. And we did. But we fell short."

Though the Revs may have fallen short in the playoffs, the performance marked a banner start to the Arena tenure in New England. The team was in last place when Arena took over the team midseason. He then led them to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 9-5-10 surge that the team underwent in 24 matches under Arena.

The Revs' playoff appearance was the team's first since 2015. And as long as Arena is around, they should continue to be a team on the rise in the MLS' Eastern Conference.

Highlights from Revs' 1-0 loss to Atlanta United>>>

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Highlights of the Revolution's 1-0 playoff loss to Atlanta United

Highlights of the Revolution's 1-0 playoff loss to Atlanta United

FINAL SCORE: Atlanta United 1, Revolution 0

IN BRIEF: Franco Escobar scored in the 69th minute to give the defending champion Atlanta United a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution Saturday in Atlanta in the Revs' first MLS Playoff appearance since 2015. BOX SCORE

HIGHLIGHTS

FRANCO ESCOBAR BREAKS THE SCORELESS DEADLOCK IN 69TH MINUTE:

BRUCE ARENA  AT HALFTIME:

ATLANTA KEEPER BRAD GUZAN DENIES TEAL BUNBURY:

UP NEXT:

Atlanta plays the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia Union-NY Red Bulls playoff match, Thursday at 8 p.m.

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