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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