Revs' Feilhaber has words of wisdon for fellow Brazilian Fab Melo


Revs' Feilhaber has words of wisdon for fellow Brazilian Fab Melo

FOXBOROUGH -- When Fab Melo begins his rookie season he will become the tenth Brazilian-born athlete to play in the NBA. As a member of the Boston Celtics, he will also be the second professional athlete in New England from his native country.

Like Melo, New England Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber was born in Brazil. Although he moved to the United States at an earlier age than the seven-footer, Feilhaber still has ties to his culture. The 27 year old from Rio de Janeiro offered insight into what Melo, 22, can expect as a Brazilian athlete playing in Boston.

"I'm sure he's learned his way a little bit by playing in the U.S. for a while (Melo attended Syracuse University), but Americans like hard-nosed athletes that work hard," Feilhaber said. "Typically in Brazil a lot of things that are really looked for are technical ability and skill, and you can get away with being really skillful and potentially not working hard. Here, it's not so much like that. You really have to commit full go, and I'm sure he's learned that by now if he's made it to the NBA and done so well in the NCAA. Work hard, keep your nose down, and don't let anything really get to you. Just keep going."

Melo played soccer until in his teenage years before switching to basketball. He moved from his hometown of Juiz de Fora to attend high school in Weston, Florida at the age of 17. His favorite sports organization, though, is still the Brazilian soccer club Flamengo. Feilhaber understands the passion of fans in Brazil and, after attending several Celtics games over the years, believes Melo will enjoy playing in the TD Garden.

"Being a soccer player, I'm probably biased in the sense that there are no fans like soccer fans," Feilhaber said. "In Brazil, everybody lives soccer. That's their religion, really. But Boston Celtics fans are unbelievable. They pack the arena every night so he'll get used to that pretty quickly. It's an awesome environment there."

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.