Revs hope momentum travels


Revs hope momentum travels

The New England Revolution wish they could stay home for a few more games, but instead will have to try and carry their latest momentum boost onto the road.

Jay Heaps' squad picked up its first win of the season last Saturday, defeating the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Gillette Stadium.

Now, the Revs hit the road for two more games, before returning home on April 14 against D.C. United.

Until then, New England takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center Saturday, followed by a match next Thursday in Dallas.

The bad thing for the Revs is that they're an awful road team, as they've won just two of their last 32 regular-season road games. The good thing is that both Los Angeles and Dallas have the same number of wins as them, which is one.

New England enters Saturday night's game against LA with a 1-2 record, while the Galaxy is 1-1. Like the Revolution, Dallas has played three games, but is 1-1-1.

One area the Revolution would like to improve in -- especially on the road -- is goal scoring. While the Revs have the same number of wins as the next two teams they'll play, they have only scored one goal in three matches. Meanwhile, Los Angeles has scored four goals in two games, and Dallas has scored four goals in three games.

New England's defense may have dodged a bullet, as defender Kevin Alston (nasal fracture) is listed as "probable" on the team's injury report, Friday. Alston was kicked in the face on Saturday against Portland, but it looks as if he'll play this Saturday against Los Angeles.

John Lozano (hip) is listed as "doubtful" and Zak Boggs (ankle), Benny Feilhaber (peroneal strain), and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring) have all been ruled out for Saturday.

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.