The New England Revolution are on the verge of an MLS Cup appearance, but they aren't thinking that far ahead.
Head coach Bruce Arena made it very clear during his Friday press conference that despite the excitement of his club's playoff run, they're taking things one game at a time.
“I don’t think we are [looking ahead to the MLS Cup] at all. We haven’t talked about that at all, to be honest with you," Arena said. "I don’t think that’s a road block for us at this point. We’re just taking on the next game. That’s been our attitude. I don’t think anyone expects us to be in MLS Cup, let alone win it and all of that.
"We’re not walking around thinking that we’ve made it now that we’ve won three playoff games. We’re simply trying to get our team better every week, trying to prepare them for the next game, and that’s the way we’re looking at this game on Sunday.”
To play in the MLS Cup, the Revs will have to beat the third-seeded Columbus Crew in what should be a thrilling Eastern Conference Final. Columbus finished with a 12-6-5 record and did not face off against New England during the regular season.
Arena admits he isn't sure how the match will play out, but it'll be a challenge.
“I don’t know what I expect to see against Columbus. We’re looking forward to the game," he said. "Obviously, it’s the last step in getting our team to MLS Cup, so look forward to the game. We know it’s going to be a difficult match. Hopefully, we’re positioned to play well.”
Sunday's New England Revolution-Columbus Crew SC Eastern Conference Final matchup is set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.