Revolution

Revs-Dynamo preview

Revs-Dynamo preview

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- The last time Steve Ralston was at Gillette Stadium, in a public setting anyways, was July 20. It was a Tuesday night, and the New England Revolution had just defeated Monarcas Morelia in the final group-stage game of SuperLiga 2010.

Ralston didnt play that night. He didnt even dress. And after the Revs win, he officially announced his retirement in what seemed like the most-bizarre setting in which one could announce their retirement; bizarre because Ralston was supposed to play for the Revs on that night, and it was supposed to be his last game. Heck, he didnt even prepare a farewell speech for his press conference, because he said he went through all of his usual pre-game rituals, and preparing a speech was not one of them.

When asked why he didnt play, Ralston responded, Some things came up.

Those things, as we would later find out, were league-related, and in a way, unofficially confirmed the rumors that Ralston would become the next assistant coach of the Houston Dynamo.

And on Saturday, Ralston returns to Gillette Stadium, not as a member of the Revolution, but as Houston Dynamos assistant coach.

The Revs (5-9-3, 18 points) host the Dynamo (5-9-5, 20) on Saturday night, and look to win their second straight game, having defeated D.C. United last weekend, 1-0.

New England hasnt lost a match since July 2, a 5-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, which also extended its losing skid to four games. But since then, the Revolution have gone seven games without a loss, going 2-0-1 in league competition.

The Revolution enter Saturdays match as the sixth-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo arent much better, as theyre currently in seventh place (out of eight) in the Western Conference.

With Marko Perovic back in the fold after missing last weekends game because of a calf strain, and the debut of Serbian forward Ilija Stolica in the starting lineup, the Revs seem to be in pretty good shape, and should be able to handle Houston, which is missing starting goalkeeper Pat Onstad, defender Adrian Serioux, and midfielder Brad Davis for Saturday nights match.

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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.