Revolution vs. Dynamo: Stolica leads Revs to 1-0 win

Revolution vs. Dynamo: Stolica leads Revs to 1-0 win

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Revolution win 1-0

90th minute -- Jason Griffiths replaces Revs forward Marko Perovic.

84th minute -- Roberto Linck replaces Revs midfielder Khano Smith.

77th minute -- Kenny Mansally replaces Ilija Stolica, who was welcomed on the bench with a hug from Revs coach Steve Nicol, whose smile said it all. They're thrilled to have this guy down the stretch.

75th minute -- Revs midfielder Khano Smith has to finish that. Smith missed a wide-open look from the left post, inside the box, after Ilija Stolica and Shalrie Joseph worked to set him up perfectly. Smith's shot went over the net, though. Probably wishes he could have that one back.

62nd minute -- 1-0 REVOLUTION -- Welcome to New England, Ilija Stolica. The Serbian forward made his first start with the Revs tonight, and put one in the back of the net from the top of the box. Credit Revs midfielder Sainey Nyassi with making a good, quick pass in the middle to an open Stolica, who kicked the pass up in the air, and on its way down, quickly put a low shot into the left corner of the net.

59th minute -- Still scoreless. And the only decent scoring chance so far in this second half came off the foot of Houston's Joseph Ngwenya, who let one go from 20 yards out, but it just went wide left. Not even sure if you want to call that a scoring chance. On second thought, let's not even call it that. So far, the most exciting soccer at Gillette Stadium tonight came at halftime, when several New England sports mascots, including Wally the Green Monster, participated in an "everything goes" soccer match at midfield.


Scoreless at halftime

34th minute -- Perhaps Shalrie Joseph was a little too unselfish in the 34th minute. Joseph had a golden opportunity to let an uncontested shot rip from the top of the box, but instead faked the shot and tried to slip a pass down low to streaking Marko Perovic. The play was quickly broken up.

24th minute -- Still scoreless here at Gillette. Houston just had the most dangerous scoring chance of the match. Dynamo midfielder Corey Ashe sent a free kick, from 30 yards out, into the box, and forward Brian Ching re-directed a header wide to the right.

11th minute -- A little pushing and shoving at midfield between Revs captain Shalrie Joseph and Dynamo midfielder Anthony Obodai. Joseph pretty much got the best of it with a hard shove after the whistle. Obodai didn't want anything to do with it after that.


Here are the starting lineups for tonight's game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium:


GK Reis
DEF Osei
DEF Barnes
DEF Gibbs
MID Nyassi
MID Tierney
MID Joseph (captain)
MID Phelan
MID Smith
FWD Stolica
FWD Perovic

GK Hall
DEF Cameron
DEF Boswell
DEF Mulrooney
DEF Hainault
MID Cruz
MID Obodai
MID Palmer
MID Ashe
FWD Mullan
FWD Ching (captain)

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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.