Edgar Castillo

Teal Bunbury: Revolution want to do more than 'just make playoffs'

Teal Bunbury: Revolution want to do more than 'just make playoffs'

The New England Revolution are back in the MLS Playoffs for the first time since 2015, and they want to make a splash. 

Revolution midfielder/forward Teal Bunbury, in particular, is extremely proud of what New England has been able to accomplish since Bruce Arena was named head coach in May.

"I think we're very hungry. It's been an up-and-down season, guys have been putting in the work," Bunbury told revolutionsoccer.net earlier this week. "Really proud of how we've been able to kind of turn this season around. The support we've had. But now we're not satisfied with just making it into the playoffs. We know Atlanta's obviously the defending champions, they're a great team. We just played there recently but I think we're going to have a good game plan going into the game on Sunday and we're going to be motivated and we're going to be ready to go."

In their final game of the regular season, the Revolution fell to Atlanta United 3-1, but that game was a good primer for what's ahead in their playoff rematch in Atlanta on Saturday at 1 p.m. Bunbury noted the season finale helped New England figure out Atlanta's tendencies and what to expect in the playoffs. 

"Their tendencies. You know, their attacking tendencies. Josef Martinez is a goal scorer. So, obviously he's someone we're going to have to keep an eye on," Bunbury said. "But right now I think it's a lot about attention to detail. You'll probably hear that from a lot of the guys. In these moments it's about just who executes, who competes. Obviously tactics are going to play a huge role but you never know what's going to happen in these playoff games, and it's not going to be very high scoring, but we're all going to need to be one unit and working for each other and if someone makes a mistake you're picking that person up. So, that's what's going to be most important."

Bunbury knows that the Revs' are confident and will seize the opportunity, but they've never beaten Atlanta and are pegged as the underdogs. Although, he's not focused on that.

"I don't think we pay attention to that," Bunbury said. "I think we've done well enough to get ourselves in this position and we're a confident group, and I think we've been working hard all season long and I think it's going to come down to the little moments in this game and not messing up on little plays here and there. Four months ago we had no chance at making the playoffs and we did it so, it's okay if we have these people saying we're underdogs or whatever it might be. But I think we're a confident group and we have a great opportunity. We all love as athletes to be able to play in these situations, so I think everyone's going to be up for it."

It's going to be difficult, but as Bunbury told the media on Wednesday, "If you're a player and can't get up for games like this, moments like this, you're in the wrong business."

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Edgar Castillo eyeing return for Revolution, details extent of injury

Edgar Castillo eyeing return for Revolution, details extent of injury

It's been a long road back for New England Revolution defender Edgar Castillo, but he's finally back training with his teammates. 

Castillo suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung in the Revs' 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls in August, and is thankful he's back on the practice field. 

"Well, it happened against New York, against the Red Bulls," Castillo said Tuesday, according to revolutionsoccer.net. "I had two broken ribs and a punctured lung so, I mean, it's hard to come back and recover for almost two months now. But, thank God I'm back out here and training."

"I mean, there was a collision. I thought it was nothing serious but, after the game, I felt a little, like, without not breathing and stuff like that. So, the next day I went to the hospital and that's what the x-ray came up with."

Although he wasn't a part of New England's historic turnaround the past couple of months, he appreciates what his team has been able to accomplish. 

"I mean, I'm happy for the guys that we made playoffs and we're on a good run," Castillo said. "And for me being on the side and watching them, who doesn't want to be in the field playing? But, I'm trying to do my best, trying to get fit and trying to get back."

The 33-year-old is hoping to be available for Saturday's playoff matchup with Atlanta United, but isn't guaranteeing anything -- especially considering he hasn't seen game action in months.

"Well, I do. I hope I get to get some playing time, but I mean I don't feel fit. I'm not 100 percent, so that depends on Bruce [Arena]."

Even if he doesn't have the opportunity to play, Castillo stressed the importance of playing a perfect game on the road in order to secure a victory.

"I mean it's different, it's going to be a tight game going down there. We already played them, they beat us 3-1. But, it's a whole different game. It's a playoff game. It's, like you said, do-or-die. If we play a perfect game, we have a good chance of going to the next round."

The Revs have yet to beat Atlanta this season, so New England will be looking to redeem itself at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

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