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Joseph to stay with Revs, won't play for Grenada

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Joseph to stay with Revs, won't play for Grenada

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO Shalrie Joseph has decided to keep his talents in New England.

Revolution fans may refer to it as The Decision. Or maybe they wont. After all, the Revs captain didnt hold a press conference, and he didnt call upon any reporters to spring the news on them.

Heck, he didnt even tell his team.

So when Joseph walked into Gillette Stadium on Tuesday morning, it was somewhat unexpected.

After previously accepting Grenadas invitation to join his homelands national team for the 2011 Gold Cup, Joseph had informed the Revolution that he would be leaving them for several weeks to play for his country following last Saturday nights match with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Joseph was scheduled to miss at least the next two MLS games, and depending on how far Grenada advanced, he could have missed up to five.

But following Saturday nights 1-0 loss to the Galaxy at Gillette Stadium, Joseph had second thoughts.

He took advice from his mother, his agent, and contemplated text messages from his teammates, begging for their captain to stay.

Everyones happy he did.

After the game against L.A., I was 100 percent sure that I cant leave right now, said Joseph after Thursdays practice. With Benny Feilhaber hurt, and not picking up any points against L.A., that was huge in my decision-making, that I need to stay here.

We need to start figuring out ways to win and need to be better as a team, and its going to have to start in Dallas on Saturday. And me not being there was definitely going to hurt the team.

Saturdays loss was New Englands fifth loss of the season, and its second MLS loss in a row. Now that Feilhaber will miss several weeks because of a sprained right ankle, Josephs presence is even that much more important in New Englands midfield.

Obviously were delighted were going to have him, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. Im not all that surprised, really.

There wasnt a whole lot of positives for him to go, other than the fact that hes playing for his country. But were delighted that hes staying here with us."

Nicol added: I think any team in the league wants Shalrie stepping on the field for them. Were certainly no different.

The Revolution travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night. It was originally supposed to be a game theyd have to try and win without their captain.

Now, Joseph has had a change in heart, and there isnt one person in New England complaining about it.

I thought I had to do whats right for me, and me being here for the team and my teammates is the most important thing, said Joseph. My decision is that I need to be here and to be a captain, and to be a leader, and to make sure these guys know I have their back no matter what.

This is where my heart is, and this is where I want to be.

Danny Picard is onTwitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

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.