BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New England Revolution kick off their playoff run Saturday against Atlanta United FC.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman caught up with veteran forward Teal Bunbury, the Revs' third-leading goal scorer, before the match.
"This year's been a special year for us," he said. "To start off the season, a little tough, a little difficult, but the fans stuck with us. I think as players, you strive to always make the playoffs. I think it was a lot of hard work from the guys. We creeped into the playoffs—and not only are we creeping in, I think we're in a good place. We're going to be playing up against the defending champions in Atlanta, and I think it's going to be a great match-up."
The Revs faced Atlanta in the regular-season finale, losing 3-1—but Bunbury said they're ready for a re-match.
"I think that game was a lot closer than the score line shows," he said. "I think we created enough chances to make it a pretty even game. I think we're gonna have a good game plan going in, knowing where their strengths are, where their weaknesses are. It was almost a great pre-test, a little pop quiz before the final exam, so I think we're gonna be ready for them."
Kaufman and Bunbury talk about that rough start, what it was like to have Coach Bruce Arena take over, how the team is preparing for the playoffs, and Boston's championship culture.