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Bruce Arena names key to Revs' successful playoff run

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Regardless of what happens in Sunday's Eastern Conference Final, it's been a spectacular postseason run for the New England Revolution.

The Revs began the playoffs with a miraculous last-minute victory over the Montreal Impact, then defeated the top-seeded Philadelphia Union and most recently took down Orlando City.

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If you ask Bruce Arena, the rejuvenated Revs were tailor made to make a deep run in this year's postseason. The Revolution head coach explained to NBC Sports Boston's Trenni Kusnierek and Tom Giles what he believes has been the key to New England's success.

"The return of not only Carles [Gil] but Gustavo [Bou] who was injured has brought confidence to our team. And we have a few veterans who really help in [Andrew] Farrell and [Teal] Bunbury," Arena said. "We're very good defensively and in the postseason in most sports, defensive play is critically important.

"In our three playoff games we've conceded two goals, so that means we're in every game. We've scored seven now and with the addition of Carles, we're a much better attacking team. I think we have the right balance of attacking and defending to position our team to win these one-off games."

Gil and Bou have combined to score five of the Revolution's seven goals through the team's three postseason games. Bou came through with the 95th-minute game-winner in the Play-In Round vs. Montreal.

The Revs will need their dynamic duo to be on their game again on Sunday, when they face off against the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Final. The match is set to kick off at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.