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Bruce Arena cracks jokes after Revolution clinch playoff berth: "I still don’t know why I took this job"

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Bruce Arena cracks jokes after Revolution clinch playoff berth: "I still don’t know why I took this job"

When the Revolution hired Bruce Arena to replace Brad Friedel, the team was 2-8-2 and well on its way to finishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. 

On Sunday, the Revs secured a playoff spot for the first time since 2015 after beating NYCFC 2-0, capping off an improbable turnaround under Arena. 

Afterward, Arena was in a joking mood when asked about the team's incredible rise up the standings. 

“As they say, shit happens,” Arena said. "I had no idea what I was getting into, to be honest with you. I still don’t know why I took this job.”

Arena is being pretty modest here. The Revs may have added the talent they needed to help get them to where they are in Gustavo Bou, but every changed when Arena took over. The man lost just two games in MLS play. 

The nine-game unbeaten streak this season certainly kickstarted New England's run to the playoffs, where they responded right away to their new coach by holding their own against the league's best clubs. 

Whether the Revs make any noise in the MLS Playoffs is yet to be determined. They will certainly be an underdog in whatever matchup they find themselves in, but they have to be one of the last teams anyone wants to play considering how well they've played under Arena. 

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Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

Revolution re-sign young defender DeJuan Jones to new deal

The New England Revolution continue to make transactions during a busy off-season. 

The Revs announced Friday they have re-signed 22-year-old defender DeJuan Jones, who will be entering his second MLS season. Jones appeared in 20 games, including 14 starts during his rookie year, notching a goal and an assist while holding down the fort on the back end.

He was drafted 11th overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft out of Michigan State University, where he tallied 16 goals and 14 assists over 75 appearances for the Spartans. 

The Jones deal comes after Bruce Arena's squad added highly-experienced left back Alexander Büttner and signed 16-year-old midfielder Damian Rivera to a homegrown player contract. 

But while the Revolution are busy adding players, forward Juan Fernando Caicedo reportedly will be leaving the organization, according to ESPN, after a one-year loan from Independiente Medellin of Colombia. 

After an exciting turnaround that saw the team make the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, more is in store for the rising Revolution. 

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Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner named to U.S. Men's National Team final roster

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner named to U.S. Men's National Team final roster

After participating in the United States Men's National Team's pre-camp in Bradenton, Fla., New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner has earned a spot on the final 23-man roster.

Turner was officially named to the roster on Monday, marking his first career selection. The 25-year-old will join the team for its final two Concacaf Nations League Group A matches against Canada on Nov. 15 and Cuba on Nov. 19.

Turner and the USMNT face must-win scenarios in both Concacaf Nations League matches in order to advance to the knockout stage.

Since joining the Revs in 2016, Turner is 16-14-16 with 170 saves and 10 shutouts. He signed a multi-year contract extension with New England on Aug. 21, 2019.

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