By Sophia Giordano
The Revolution lifted the Supporters’ Shield after a lukewarm defeat to Inter Miami CF on Sunday. With their position at the top of the Eastern conference set, as well as their top seed spot in the playoffs, the night was more of a ceremonial end to their season than anything else. It was their first opportunity to celebrate with the trophy they had earned one game prior. For more information look here.
With their first-ever Supporters’ Shield, and a new MLS single-season points record of 73 points, this season is a testament to the impact that head coach Bruce Arena has had on the team since joining in 2019. Arena recognized the significance of the season in Sunday’s postgame press conference.
“I’ve been part of this before, with other teams and I’ve never celebrated,” Arena said. “It’s historical, right? … It’s the most points in the history of the league. So, a great year. I’m happy for the players. I’m happy for the fans, especially the ones that have been here for 26 years if there are any. So, that’s a nice moment. We need to now get ourselves prepared for the playoffs.”
What better way to put a gigantic cherry on top of that fantastic season than lifting the MLS Cup? The Revolution earned themselves a Bye week for the first round of playoffs, and are set to play the winner of New York City FC vs Atlanta United on November 29. For more information look here.
There has been some concern regarding the gap in gameplay for the Revolution, as their Bye week is compounded by the mid-November international break for World Cup qualifiers. Arena says they’ll be looking to schedule scrimmages in the coming weeks to stay sharp.
The Revolution have appeared five times as a finalist in MLS Cup history, but has never raised the trophy. Coming off a historic season, the team is set on bringing home the silverware for what could be their first-ever MLS Cup title.