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Revs can't blame blown lead on red-carded Reis

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Revs can't blame blown lead on red-carded Reis

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- New England goalkeeper Matt Reis made nine saves onWednesday night. Unfortunately for the Revolution, the one he didnt make inthe 90th minute was the difference between a win and a draw.

The Revs played to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo onWednesday at Gillette Stadium. For 86 minutes, it looked as if New Englandwould snap a four-game winless skid, thanks to Ryan Cochranes goal in thefourth minute that gave the Revolution an early 1-0 lead.

But in the final moments of the match, a Dynamo corner kickresulted in an aerial header by Houstons Carlo Costly. Reis made the initialsave, but as he fell to the ground at the goal line, Dynamo defender BobbyBoswell snuck in and knocked home the loose ball that Reis couldnt completelyhold onto.

It was, no doubt, a devastating turn of events.

To lose the two points in the 90th minute, obviously stings in the throat,said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. But if were honest, we were under a lot ofpressure tonight, and we stood up well. But we just couldnt hold on at theend.

That pressure came immediately following Cochranes earlyscore, but Reis was there for each and every one of Houstons chances. He wasmaking leaping saves, diving saves, you name it. If a ball was coming his way,Reis was making the stop. It was just that type of night for him.

And because of it, nobody in the New England locker room isputting the blame on him.

Reis showed that hes the best goalie in the league, saidRevolution defender A.J. Soares. Were lucky to have him. He kept us in thegame the whole time. Everyone does a job, and he did a great job tonight.

Revs captain Shalrie Joseph also had high praise for Reis,saying that the rest of the team let their goalkeeper down on the game-tyinggoal in the 90th minute, by not clearing out the loose ball after Reis initialsave.

Oh he was huge, said Joseph. This is probably the bestIve seen him this year, as far as I can remember. He just kept us in it. Hemade huge saves from the beginning of the game.

He was, by far, the man of the match on both teams. Therewasnt even anybody else close to him.

The Revs will have to do without Reis on Saturday night athome against the New York Red Bulls, because once the game was complete, theofficials reviewed a scrum in the final minutes (extra time) of the game, andruled that Reis pushing of Houstons Adam Moffat was deserving of a straightred card.

Just moments after the Dynamo tied the game, Reis came tothe defense of teammate Pat Phelan, who was initially pushed into the corner byMoffat.

Immediately after the game and before a ruling was made Nicol didnt believe that the incident was worthy of any red cards.

I hope common sense prevails, said Nicol. Its one ofthose nonsense things that happen at the end of he game, but hopefully theofficials will use their common sense. Nobody deserves to get a red card.Thats just a lot of huffing and puffing.

About 10 minutes later, Reis was heard yelling in a sideroom, presumably while being told he would receive a straight red card, andmiss Saturdays match.

Reis did not speak to the media afterwards, but after hisperformance on Wednesday night, its certain that he will be dearly missed.

Cochrane was removed from the game in the 76th minute, andwas replaced by Phelan. Cochrane was taken out early because he was hit in thehead by Houstons Cam Weaver in the first half.

Cochrane had blurry vision and gave it a try in the secondhalf, but it was in everyones best interest to not allow him to finish.

He couldnt focus properly on the ball, so we had no choicebut to bring him off, said Nicol.

Cochrane will be further evaluated on Thursday.

I just had kind of like burred vision for most of thegame, said Cochrane. I was just trying to shake it at half time. I reallydidnt sit down at half time. I just kind of walked around and kept thatadrenaline moving and pumping. And then it was just kind of precautionary toget off the field. I just couldnt shake it really.

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New England Revolution release 2018 schedule

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New England Revolution release 2018 schedule

The New England Revolution's 2018 schedule was released today, and the Revs will open the season on the road in Chester, Pa. against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on March 3.

The club will play its home opener one week later, hosting the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium on March 10. Kickoff for the home opener is currently slated for 1:30p.

New England will play a total of 22 games against Eastern Conference opposition this season. The Revs are set to play each of the 10 fellow Eastern Conference teams at least twice, and will play the Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union a total of three times each. The Revs will face each of the 12 clubs in the Western Conference one time each, including a road contest with expansion side LAFC for the first meeting in the clubs' history on Sat., Sept. 15.

NBC Sports Boston will once again serve as the Revolution’s local broadcast partner and will carry up to 32 regular-season games. The 2018 season marks the ninth consecutive campaign that NBCSB will be the television home of the club and the fifth straight year that Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner will team up to call the action from the booth. Naoko Funayama also returns for her second season as sideline reporter.

New England Revolution 2018 MLS Regular Season Schedule (all times Eastern)

Date

Opponent

Venue

Time

Broadcast*

Sat., March 3

at Philadelphia Union

Talen Energy Stadium

TBD

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., March 10

Colorado Rapids

Gillette Stadium

1:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., March 24

New York City FC

Gillette Stadium

1:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., March 31

at Houston Dynamo

BBVA Compass Stadium

8:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Friday, April 6

Montreal Impact

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., April 14

FC Dallas

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., April 21

at Columbus Crew SC

MAPFRE Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., April 28

Sporting Kansas City

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 5

at Montreal Impact

Stade Saputo

1p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 12

Toronto FC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 19

Columbus Crew SC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 26

at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

BC Place

5:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., May 30

Atlanta United FC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., June 2

New York Red Bulls

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., June 9

at Chicago Fire

Toyota Park

8:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., June 13

at San Jose Earthquakes

Avaya Stadium

10:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., June 30

D.C. United

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., July 7

Seattle Sounders FC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., July 14

LA Galaxy

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., July 18

at Minnesota United FC

TCF Bank Stadium

8p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., July 21

at New York Red Bulls

Red Bull Arena

7:00 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., August 4

at Orlando City SC

Orlando City Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., August 11

Philadelphia Union

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sun., August 19

at D.C. United

Audi Field

6p

FS1

Sat., August 25

at Philadelphia Union

Talen Energy Stadium

TBD

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 1

Portland Timbers

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., Sept. 5

at New York City FC

Yankee Stadium

7:00 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 15

at LAFC

Banc of California Stadium

10:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 22

Chicago Fire

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 29

at Toronto FC

BMO Field

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Oct. 6

at Atlanta United FC

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

3:30p

Univision

Sat., Oct. 13

Orlando City SC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Thursday, Oct. 18

at Real Salt Lake

Rio Tinto Stadium

9:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sun., Oct. 28

Montreal Impact

Gillette Stadium

4:30p

NBC Sports Boston

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."