Nicol: We need more creativity


Nicol: We need more creativity

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; If Steve Nicol wanted his message to be heard, he yelledloud enough on Saturday night.

Not literally, of course. The New England Revolution coachdidnt raise his voice following his clubs 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapidsat Gillette Stadium. But his message was clear.

The Revolution need more creativity up front. And with notimetable on the return of Marko Perovic (sprained knee), that answer isntgoing to come from within the organization.

Nicol said just that during his postgame press conference.

We need to go and find somebody whos creative, in the nexttransfer window, said Nicol. Its something were trying to do. Itssomething were looking at now. But we need to do that. We need to be morecreative.

The Revolution had three shots on goal Saturday and heldthe Rapids to only one. Two of New Englands shots were about as high qualityof scoring chances that you could get. But the Revs left the game with no goalsto show for it.

The first opportunity came in the 57th minute, when Coloradogoalkeeper Matt Pickens robbed Shalrie Joseph of a header that was labeled forthe top-right corner.

Joseph was at the left post, and put a perfect hit on theball, but Pickens had a great reaction to it, and just got his right hand up tomake the save.

He made a great save, said Joseph. It was a good ball byKenny Mansally, and I was in a perfect spot. Next time, Ill try to head it alittle bit lower and bounce it off the ground.

Ive just got to put that away. When you have that chancein this league, youve just got to make the best of it.

Then, in the 74th minute, Benny Feilhaber took a perfectpass out front from Sainey Nyassi, and ripped a shot off the cross bar.

They were all good chances, said Nicol. But at the sametime, we didnt create enough with the men on the ball that we had in thefinal third. Thats disappointing. We have to do better. Were not going to wingames unless were better on the ball in the final third.

Nicol made that clear on Saturday night.

We just lacked that imagination in the final third, saidNicol. Other than that, we had three good chances. Shalrie had a great chancewith a header. Benny had a good chance at the bar.

We need to send somebody whos more creative, in he finalthird. Obviously we miss Marko Perovic. We miss his creativity. And we needto get more, thats for sure.

The midfield, we didnt give anything up tonight, addedNicol. We passed it a little better tonight. But were lacking creativity inthe final third. I dont think anybody can disagree with that. And we need tochange that.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Revolution introduce Brad Friedel as coach


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


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

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.