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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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Highlights from the Revolution's 2-1 loss to NYCFC

Highlights from the Revolution's 2-1 loss to NYCFC

FINAL SCORE: NYCFC 2, Revolution 1

IN BRIEF: The Revs started strong with Luis Caicedo's early goal but NYFC won it in stoppage time thanks to a penalty kick by Jesus Medina.

BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 10-10-9 (39 points, 6th in Eastern Conference)

HIGHLIGHTS:

CAICEDO PUTS THE REVS UP EARLY

NYC DRAWS EVEN

MEDINA WINS IT ON A PENALTY

UP NEXT:
vs Orlando City Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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Revolution snap nine-game winless streak with 1-0 victory over New York City FC

Revolution snap nine-game winless streak with 1-0 victory over New York City FC

NEW YORK - Brian Wright scored his first MLS goal in the 71st minute and the New England Revolution beat New York City 1-0 on Wednesday night for FC's first home loss of the season.

New England (8-10-9) snapped a nine-game winless streak to move within three points of sixth-place Montreal. NYC (14-8-6) has just one win in its last seven games.

Wright was in front of the goal to one-touch home Cristian Penilla's blocked shot from the left side.

Wright also sent a breakaway shot off the post in the 25th minute and Isaac Angking, making his MLS debut, hit the frame in the 80th on a sliding rebound attempt. New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton started in his first game of the season.

NYC controlled the game with 66 percent possession, but couldn't find the back of the net on 28 shots.

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