Bruce Arena: “The first half was an absolute miracle we walked off the field down one goal because we were thoroughly beat in the first half.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
HARRISON, N.J. — Despite trailing on the road, the New England Revolution managed to comeback and tie the Red Bulls and walk out of Red Bull Arena with a 1-1 draw and a precious point.
This wasn’t the first time the Revs accomplished this feat under Arena, who took over for the fired Brad Friedel earlier this MLS season.
“Yeah, that’s big,” Arena said. “If you want to be a good team, even on a day when things aren’t going well for you, if you can compete and get a point out of the game, that’s invaluable. This was a big point for us today.”
Arena felt the Revs were lucky to get out of the opening half with only a one-goal deficit.
“I think probably a tale of two halves,” he said. “The first half was an absolute miracle we walked off the field down one goal because we were thoroughly beat in the first half.”
The former Red Bulls head coach took blame for the poor start.
“For whatever reason, our guys didn’t step on the field and they weren’t prepared to compete,” said Arena, who guided the team from 2006-07. “Who else do you blame? You just blame the coach, right?
It certainly didn’t hurt that goalkeeper Matt Turner came up big for New England to get that road point.
“Any time this time of year you’ve got a point on the road against a conference open, it’s big and probably a good lesson for us to get us prepared for these last eight games,” Arena said. “We have no chance of making the playoffs if we played like we played in the first half. Perhaps it’s a good lesson for us.
A reporter noticed that Arena was writing down some notes during that difficult first half.
“I wrote a book a year ago and I just started a new one,” he said.
The media contingent broke up.
After leaving RBA with a precious road point, Arena was in a good mood.
After all, who could blame him?