COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Bruce Arena train continues to roll for the New England Revolution.
Following the team’s latest win, a 2-1 result over the Colorado Rapids in the midst of several weather delays which caused the match to take over five hours of real time to complete, the Revs remain without a loss under the veteran coach and average 2.2 points per match in the Eastern Conference table.
“The mood is high,” said Revolution forward Teal Bunbury, who scored the opening goal Thursday night, “Undefeated in seven. We don’t want to get our heads too full, but we’re definitely in a good place. I think [media] can see it, I think fans can see it. Us as players, we’re playing with a little more fun. We’re enjoying the game, but sticking to little details and getting on each other, working hard.”
The hard work gained recognition from Arena, who applauded his team’s mental toughness in a difficult situation Thursday night – a match which included three separate weather delays of an hour or more.
“Our team showed a lot of mental and physical toughness,” Arena said postgame. “To walk away with three points is huge because this team [Colorado] has obviously been on a roll. Our team has not been a good road team this year and we’ve won a bunch of games on the road lately so that’s a real positive and now we’ve got to get a couple days rest and get ourselves ready to go to D.C. next week.”
Since taking over the reins of the team in late May, Arena has done well to boost the culture within New England’s locker room and his players are giving him a lot of the credit.
“I think he’s instilled a lot of confidence in the guys,” Bunbury continued. “I think we’re able to be ourselves in our direct style of play. I think it’s showing. For us, our next game is what’s important.”
Arena is known as a players’ coach, publicly beloved by current and former players. He’s also known for his high standards, which is also being embraced by the Revs’ locker room. But the work isn’t done yet.
“We’re happy we’re unbeaten in seven, but we want to keep it going,” Bunbury said. “We want to make the playoffs, so that’s our mindset.”