The accolades keep piling on, as New England Revolution manager Bruce Arena has joined Carles Gil and Matt Turner with regular-season awards. Turner won Goalkeeper of the Year, Gil with Comeback Player and possibly MVP, and now Arena with Coach of the Year.
Arena has won the award four times, more than any other coach in the history of MLS. Bruce Arena has been very open about the team he inherited in 2019 when he first took the helm. The team was dreadful, coming off two five-goal deficit losses when he was first hired as manager. Not too much later, his Revolution set records and did the impossible. But, these are regular season awards for a reason. As far as Bruce is concerned, the season has barely started.
The next two weeks will be a rollercoaster of emotions for Revs fans, as Bruce Arena will try to lead his men through three grueling playoff matches and an MLS Cup. While the celebrations were fun for both team and individual awards, the legacy of the 2021 New England Revolution lies in the matchup with NYCFC, and beyond.
NYCFC will try to join Real Salt Lake in playing spoiler in these playoffs, as they visit Gillette Stadium for a Tuesday night Eastern Conference Semi-Final.