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Crew hands Revs first exhibtion loss

Crew hands Revs first exhibtion loss

Special to CSNNE.com

KENNESAW, Ga. Tommy Heinemann had a pair of goals and Bernardo Anor registered one goal and one assist as the Columbus Crew handed the New England Revolution their first loss of the exhibition season, 3-1, on Wednesday night in the first game ever played at the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium.

Ilija Stolica scored for the Revs, who had opened the preseason with four consecutive wins.

Columbus wasted little time jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring with each of its first two shots on target in the 16th and 17th minutes. Anor struck first for the Crew, placing a header inside the left post. The Crew doubled their advantage just seconds later when Heinemann chipped a shot over New England goalie Matt Reis and dropped it just under the crossbar.

The Crew stretched their lead to 3-0 in the 53rd minute. An extensive string of passes through midfield opened up the Revolution backline, finishing with Anor sliding a pass across the face of goal for Heinemann to tap into an empty net.

Stolica scored for the Revolution in the 62nd minute, capping a fine piece of interplay which involved Chris Tierney, Shalrie Joseph and Zack Schilawski. The final ball came from Schilawski as the second-year forward slipped a clever pass inside to Stolica, who finished high past Crew goalkeeper Alex Riggs from 12 yards out.

Left back Didier Domi returned for the Revolution after recovering fromswelling in his right knee, while fellow newcomers Franco Coria(central defense), Ryan Kinne (right midfield), Stephen McCarthy(central midfield) and A.J. Soares (central defense) maintained theirspots in the starting lineup.

The Revs will conclude the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge on Sunday when they battle the Houston Dynamo in both clubs final preseason match. Kickoff from KSU Soccer Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England.

Revolution introduce Brad Friedel as coach

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Revolution introduce Brad Friedel as coach

New Revolution coach Brad Friedel was introduced to the media at Gillette Stadium on Monday and promised his "obsession with winning" will filter down to the rest of the organization.

“We have a lot of work ahead but we do have a lot of good players here, a lot of good pieces to this club,” Friedel said.  “One thing we can guarantee you — because you never want to guarantee too much in sport — is that you will get 100 percent commitment from myself and staff, as well as the players.

“And we’re going to be, hopefully, get to the obsession that I have with winning. And we’ll work our best to try and get those wins on the board that we can.”

Since retiring as a player, Friedel, a former UMNT goalkeeper who spent most of his career in Europe and the Premier League, has coached the US U-19 team and worked as a soccer analyst for FOX Sports. He's the eighth coach in the MLS franchise's 22-year history. He replaces Jay Heaps, the Revs' second-longest serving coach who led New England to playoff appearances from 2013-15, including an MLS Cup Final appearance in 2014. 

Friedel said it won't be difficult to adjust to coaching in the MLS after a long career in Europe. 

“That won't be hard to adjust to at all," Freidel said. "Not every team over in Europe or England, for that matter, has these enormous budgets. Working at clubs like Blackburn as a player, but then at Tottenham, I know it's a big club, but they work under a strict budget at Tottenham. You learn to work under whatever restrictions or not there may or may not be... 

"Whatever budget is given to us, we will work with. I think what's really important is the mentality of the players. Fans and players are usually the two most important things at every single club. Us as a staff, we're employed to try to make those players better. So, whatever players are in front of us, that's going to be our focus – on getting a team environment, a winning environment, and an environment where every player wants to work hard. It doesn't really matter where your budgets are.”

Friedel said he likes the potential on the Revs roster. 

"I think there's a lot of potential within the group. We're not going to go into details at the first press conference obviously with the squad itself. We have a lot of meetings ahead with that, but there's a lot of potential in the group... 

"This is not a team that is in disarray, that's for sure. I think there needs to be little tweaks to it, and then my staff and I need to go in and try to mold the team and get the confidence back. I think if you see – you can look at stats, stats don't lie – over 60 goals conceded is too much and that's something we'll need to address. But, we know what we need to address and we'll work hard to address those issues."
 

Report: Revolution hire Brad Friedel as new head coach

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Report: Revolution hire Brad Friedel as new head coach

The New England Revolution have hired Brad Friedel as their new head coach, according to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com.

Friedel, 46, played goalkeeper for the Columbus Crew in 1996 and 1997 before spending 18 years in the Premier League and was the starting keeper for the United States National Team in the 2002 World Cup. He has spent the last two years coaching the United States Under-19 National Team.

The Revs fired head coach Jay Heaps and September and Tom Soehn filled in as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.