As his team prepares for the Eastern Conference Final, Bruce Arena is taking some time to reflect on his tenure with the New England Revolution organization to this point.
Arena and the Revs are in the midst of an incredible playoff run that has included thrilling victories over the Montreal Impact, the top-seeded Philadelphia Union, and most recently Orlando City SC. It's the closest any professional New England sports team has gotten to a championship in 2020.
During his press conference Tuesday, Arena spoke about how ownership has bought into the Revs since he became the head coach in 2019, and how he looks at the team's postseason success as a reward for that commitment.
"The pandemic has made it real confusing this whole year, but I think since I’ve come on board in late June of 2019, I’ve seen a great commitment from ownership and it has certainly gotten the attention of our team," Arena said. "We’ve worked real hard and it’s nice to be able to reward ownership for what they’ve done to move the Revolution forward. So this postseason success really puts a stamp on that and acknowledges the fact that if we want to make a commitment here with this club that we can do some things in the league.
"Certainly, the goal is to position our club to win MLS championships and perhaps we’re not there yet, but I think we have a great future. So we appreciate the support from ownership and it’s nice to see we’re showing progress. I think over the last two season it’s obvious we’re making progress so that’s a real positive.
Even the Revoolution fail to finish the year with an MLS title, what they've been able to accomplish despite injuries and all that has come with 2020 is nothing short of remarkable.
The Revs' Eastern Conference Final matchup vs. Columbus Crew SC is set to kick off Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.