Revs face tough challenge in K.C.


Revs face tough challenge in K.C.

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO The New England Revolution conclude a three-game road trip on Saturday night, when they take on Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Its a place where Sporting just doesnt lose. In fact, Kansas City is unbeaten in their state-of-the-art stadium, since it opened in early June.

Sporting K.C. is also riding a hot streak no matter where they play. Since May 21, and after starting the season with a 1-6-1 record, they are 5-0-7 in their last 12 games, and enter Saturdays match as the fourth-place team in the Eastern Conference with 26 points.

New England is coming off a pair of road games in which they snapped a brutal nine-
game winless skid with a 1-0 win against D.C. United on July 20. The Revs followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Colorado last Saturday, and have moved from last place in the East (out of nine), to seventh.

Needless to say, its given the Revolution a whole lot more confidence.

Any confidence is always good, said Revs coach Steve Nicol. And to get it away
from home, is even better. Weve had a tough stretch of away games, which means were going to get some home games. But we need to capitalize on that and get some wins.

We have to get Kansas City on the back foot, said Nicol. If theyre on the back foot, theyre not going to cause us problems. I think thats the key to the start of the game.

--Zak Boggs (ankle) and Ryan Cochrane (foot) were both listed as probable on Fridays injury report, while Kevin Alston (Hallux Rigidus) was listed as questionable and Kheli Dube (whiplash) and Alan Koger (heel) were ruled out.

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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.