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Revs lay an egg in home finale

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Revs lay an egg in home finale

FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution sent their fans home with a goose egg on Saturday night. Their 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew marked the Revolution's last game of the season at Gillette Stadium.

They'll finish the year with a match in Toronto next Saturday night, but it won't mean much.

The Revs look ready to shut it down and couldn't have been more evident than it was in their fifth straight loss on Saturday, in which the same problems that have haunted Steve Nicol's club all year, came back to bite them once again.

"At least in previous occasions, weve made some chances and played some decent stuff," said Nicol after the game. "But it wasnt good tonight."

"Tonight was disappointing," said Revolution defender Chris Tierney. "Once again, we were not good enough on either side of the ball. Made some poor mistakes, didnt capitalize on the few chances we created to start the game. It was basically downhill from there. There werent many positives to take."

Columbus' Andres Mendoza scored two goals, and Dilly Duka added the other.

But nobody was putting any blame on New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

"Shuttleworth didnt have any chance with the goals," said Nicol. "He was solid in everything he was asked to do. He did well. He came and got some balls, made some saves, sweeped up behind the back four. So obviously he was a positive.

"One thing were always trying to work on is whats going on behind us going forward," added Nicol about his team's defense. "Its important you fill the holes in behind any time youre attacking the opposition. You have to fill the holes in so that when you do cough it up, you can keep it tight. Weve havent done it we havent done it well all season. We cant just turn around and say tonight is when we had a problem with it. We havent done it well all season."

The Revolution front office will have many decisions to make this offseason, which officially begins one week from tomorrow, thanks to the team's second straight year without earning a playoff appearance.

So the next time Revolution fans see their team in person, things may look different.

"I have no idea if Ill be here next year," said Nicol. "Its disappointing. We at least wanted to give the fans something to cheer about. Its been a tough one for them, as well. We appreciate them coming every home game to watch us and support us, which they have done fantastically all season. So its disappointing we couldnt finish up by giving them something to go home with a smile on their face."

"I think we need some time to recharge the batteries during the offseason, obviously," said Tierney. "I think we are looking forward to having some time off and being able to look at the things we need to improve on and hopefully get to work."

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.