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Revs fall to Sounders, winless streak now seven

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Revs fall to Sounders, winless streak now seven

SEATTLE Tyson Wahl and Alvaro Fernandez scored six minutes apart late in the first half Sunday to rally the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution.

The Sounders (8-4-7) won their season-high third straight game and are unbeaten in their last six (4-0-2). The Revolution (3-8-6) are on a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) since a 1-0 victory at home against Vancouver on May 14.

Wahl's first career goal pulled the Sounders into a 1-1 tie late in the 34th minute. On a direct free kick to the right of the penalty area restraining arc, he launched the ball over a six-man New England wall, and it went just under the crossbar into the top left corner past goalkeeper Matt Reis.

"It was sitting well for a left-footed shot," Wahl said. "I'm not sure if Reis was out of position, but I thought it was possible to hit it to that side. I just tried to keep it on frame and bend it, just like a corner kick like I've been hitting those, and it went in."

Fernandez scored the winner midway through the 40th minute with his fourth goal of the season. Playing 8 yards up from the goal line in the left side of the box, he took a short through ball from Roger Levesque and sent a shallow shot toward the far post. Reis got a hand on it, but couldn't stop it.

"I was just waiting for the ball to come to me," said Fernandez, who is tied with fellow midfielder Brad Evans for the team scoring lead. "It's hard to get a goal against you so early, but this team has enough tools to come back and keep the calm and get the goals we needed later in the game."

The Revolution scored 2 minutes into the game when Sainey Nyassi drilled in a shot off Benny Feilhaber's corner kick for his first goal of the year.

Wahl's goal on the free kick was Seattle's ninth this season off of a set piece with seven from corners, two on direct free kicks. The Sounders had just five such goals all of last season and seven during their inaugural season in 2009.

"When you can get goals from different places, you're a harder team to figure out," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. "We've scored goals this year on set pieces, the service has been better and guys have been practicing them more. And we're encouraging some guys who didn't want to step up and do it, like Tyson. We said, 'Hey, you can do it, you're a lefty, and this is a ball you can hit.' "

New England pressed for the equalizer throughout the second half, and nearly had it late in the 85th minute when Zack Schilawski, who had come on four minutes earlier, cracked a 30-yarder that was out of Keller's reach, but it hit the crossbar and flew high in the air before falling away.

"We can't get a break," New England coach Steve Nicole said. "We had a couple of chances where we could have gotten a point, but didn't. I feel disappointed we put ourselves in good position in this match."

Seattle had nine shots to New England's 11 in the game attended by 36,212 fans.

"We started off as well as we could have hoped for," said Revolution midfielder Pat Felon. "We really didn't give them anything until the foul on the first goal. The second goal came off our mistake. You can really look at the whole game and they didn't create a whole lot. We made it easy for them."

-- The Associated Press

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.