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Revolution still have trouble finishing

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Revolution still have trouble finishing

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

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"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The New England Revolution ran into one of their oldproblems again on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

No, not hustle. And certainly not a lack of defensiveeffort. But after losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0, theres not much moreto say, other than, the Revs biggest issue at the moment is scoring.

I think the biggest problem we have, is that were nave,said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after the loss. We dont make the bestdecisions at times. I think thats our biggest problem.

I dont think theres too much between the teams, to behonest. But they won. We re just a little bit away, but its no go good beinga little bit away, losing the game, if you know you need to pack up points.

The loss marked New Englands fifth of the season, and itssecond-straight loss in MLS play (third straight if you count Wednesdays U.S.Open Cup defeat).

The mere presence of David Beckham at Gillette Stadiumpacked 21,793 into the building, and he gave everyone in New England a glimpseof what he can still bring to the table.

In the 69th minute, a wide-open Beckham assisted on the onlygoal of the night, by sending a deep cross from the right wing, into MiguelLopez in the middle of the box. Lopez re-directed then re-directed the ballinto the low-left corner of the net, past a diving Matt Reis.

Its trouble, if you go out and press Beckham, and youleave gaps, then hes got the quality to pick players out, said Revolutionmidfielder Chris Tierney. So hes tough to deal with. Theres a reason thathes played at the highest level in Europe. Hes a great player, and you sawwhat happened when you give him too much space.

The Revolution put the pressure on in the second minute ofextra time, and put several quick shots on net. Zack Schilawski had the twobest chances, but his first effort was saved by Los Angeles goalkeeper DonovanRicketts, and his second attempt hit the crossbar and was cleared out by aGalaxy defender.

The effort was there. But thats not something that NewEngland has lacked this season. Instead, the finishing wasnt. And the Revscame up empty handed for the fifth time this season.

On the bright side, we created more chances against thebest squad in the league, than we have all year, said Tierney. So I guess wecan take that, but, it still hurts.

We definitely caused them some problems. But thats whatyoud expect. Were at home. And at the end of the day, weve got to get theball in the back of the net.

When it gets to that critical point, were just not gettingit done, said Nicol. Tonight, we had three great chances, and we just didntquite get it done. It kind of sums up a lot of the stuff that we do. Sometimeswe look pretty good, but we just dont get it done. And thats kind of where weare at the moment.

After the loss, Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber waswalking around with crutches, and had an extremely swollen right ankle.

Nicol said that he suffered a rolled ankle, and that it wasstill too early to tell how bad it was.

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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.