New England Revolution interim head coach Clint Peay doesn’t intend to switch the type and construction of the workforce that Bruce constructed.
Former Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena, who resigned final Saturday below the cloud of an MLS investigation, has his fingerprints all around the workforce Peay inherited on Tuesday evening.
“At the end of the day, tactically, we don’t want to change the DNA of the group,” stated Peay, who spent the final 4 seasons as head coach of Revolution II. “We want to try to remain true to that with minor tweaks that we feel we will make us successful moving forward.”
Peay’s state of affairs is dramatically totally different than what most interim coaches expertise once they take over an expert soccer workforce late within the season. The Revolution are in second place within the Eastern Conference with seven video games remaining and the following two on the highway.
Peay will probably be calling the photographs in his first MLS match when the Revolution (13-5-9) interact the Colorado Rapids (3-13-10) on Saturday evening (9:30 EST) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The Revolution are located to clinch a playoff berth at Colorado if the next set of sequences fall into place. A Revolution win mixed with a D.C. United draw at Charlotte FC is one avenue. A Revolution win mixed with a D.C. United loss at Charlotte and a Chicago Fire loss at CF Montreal is one other.
“My message was simply was that I’m here to help you get better as players,” stated Peay. “I’m here to help the grow team and continue the mission of moving forward and being champions. It is one game at a time and right now our focus is Colorado.”
Peay changed interim head coach Richie Williams, who was the sphere supervisor of file for the Revolution’s final 4 MLS video games whereas Arena was on administrative depart.
Like Williams, Peay is an Arena protégé. Peay developed as a participant and graduated into the teaching ranks by studying from the winningest subject supervisor in MLS historical past and long-time patriarch of the U.S. Men’s National Team.
“When I played under Bruce, it was a different time,” stated Peay. “I think just the biggest thing I’ve learned was his competitive spirit and I think I have evolved a little differently as a coach.”
Peay will attempt to deliver a semblance or order to the chaos that has enveloped the workforce since Arena was placed on administrative depart on Aug. 1.
“I think coaching in a nutshell is about managing people and presenting a vision,” stated Peay. “I think that my time at Revs II has prepared me in a positive way to do those things.”
Peay’s first order of enterprise was to open the traces of communication with the veteran gamers who put the Revolution in such a good place going into the stretch run to the MLS Cup playoffs. The first participant Peay sought out was workforce captain and 2021 league MVP Carles Gil, the face of the franchise and coverage maker on the pitch.
“Obviously, we need to train together and get to know each other,” stated Gil. “We are happy with (Peay) are ready to go to Colorado and win. Everyone on the field has to be focused and me as the captain, to have everybody ready. I’m always focused on this year and I want to win.”