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Pair of first-half goals sink Revs in Desert Diamond Cup opener

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Pair of first-half goals sink Revs in Desert Diamond Cup opener

By Jeff Lemieux

TUCSON, Ariz. Brad Evans converted a first-half penalty kick and Eddie Johnson added an insurance strike just before halftime as the New England Revolution suffered a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC in the first game of the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The game was a physical at times reckless affair, featuring a total of six yellow cards and two red cards as New Englands Sainey Nyassi and Seattles Marc Burch were both sent off in the 80th minute. Additionally, the Revolutions Clyde Simms and the Sounders Osvaldo Alonso were both subbed off before halftime when a scuffle ensued following a rough challenge on Chris Tierney.

Chad Barrett (illness), Ryan Guy (calf), Matt Reis (illness), Kelyn Rowe (knee) and Saer Sene (ACL surgery) were unavailable for the Revolution, which used largely different lineups for the first and second halves.

Jerry Bengtson made his first preseason appearance after returning from international duty, creating the games first chance in the fifth minute. The Hondurans flick sent Diego Fagundez into the right side of the box and the Revolution forward drilled a shot which Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning tipped over the crossbar.

Evans opened the scoring for Seattle in the 27th minute, converting a penalty kick after the Revolutions defensive wall was whistled for a handball while blocking a free kick. The effort was slotted low into the right corner as Evans sent New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth the wrong direction.

Johnson doubled the Sounders lead just before halftime, finishing off a strong individual move after receiving a long pass from Mauro Rosales down the right wing. After cutting inside onto his left foot, Johnson curled his shot inside the far post to give Seattle a 2-0 advantage at the break.

New England created the better of the chances throughout the second half and forced Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann into a pair of saves 10 minutes apart. Training camp invitee Marko Jesic directed a 20-yard shot on frame in the 68th minute, while Stephen McCarthy saw his header saved by Hahnemann in the 78th minute.

Nyassi and Burch were both ejected in the 80th minute when a fracas erupted near midfield, which began with a sliding challenge from Nyassi.

The Revolutions best chance to cut into the deficit arrived in the 83rd minute when the Sounders Lamar Neagle twice cleared the ball off the line. Following a corner kick, Neagle first directed Darrius Barnes header onto the crossbar before he was on hand to clear the follow-up effort away from danger.

The Revs will continue Desert Diamond Cup group play on Saturday, Feb. 16, when theyll take on the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. ET.

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.