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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.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman fires up Revolution with video, evokes Super Bowl memories from Atlanta

Patriots' Julian Edelman fires up Revolution with video, evokes Super Bowl memories from Atlanta

The New England Revolution are in Atlanta for their first MLS playoff match since 2015 today.

To help give the Robert Kraft-owned MLS team a boost, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman recorded a video where he voices his support to the Pats' "brother team" as he called the Revs.

The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl title in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of today's playoff match. It's where the Pats beat the Los Angeles Rams in SB53 in February.

Here's Edelman's video:

Edelman also knows something about performing under pressure against Atlanta. His miracle catch was a signature piece of the Patriots comeback from a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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How to watch the Revolution's MLS Playoff match vs. Atlanta United

How to watch the Revolution's MLS Playoff match vs. Atlanta United

The New England Revolution return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015 when they take on defending MLS champion Atlanta United today at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

New England has rallied from the bottom of MLS in May (2-8-2, a league-low eight points) to secure a playoff berth after former US Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena was brought in as head coach and sporting director in May. 

From the hiring of Arena to their playoff-clinching win vs New York City FC Sept. 29, the Revs went  9-2-10 in a 21-game stretch, including an 11-game unbeaten streak this summer.

The Revs' Carles Gil was named MLS Newcomer of the Year after he led the team in goals (10) and assists (14)  and another recent signee, Gustavo Bou, has nine goals in his past 14 games, fourth-most in MLS in that span. 

It'll be a rematch of the regular-season finale, won by Atlanta United, 3-1, but that came after the Revs had clinched a playoff spot. The atmosphere, with a sellout crowd of 70,000 filling the stadium, figures to be much more intense and history isn't on New England's side. The Revs are 0-4-2 all-time against Atlanta and 0-3-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Here's how to watch the playoff matchup:

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Boston
On the web: NBCSportsBoston.com 

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