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Revs leave points on the field

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Revs leave points on the field

FOXBORO -- Jay Heaps acknowledged that his team did not bring its best game on Saturday night. But the New England Revolution will take the one point in their scoreless draw with the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

It marks the Revs' second straight MLS shutout, an achievement that New England's defense is thrilled to build upon.

"The key is that we fought hard, and we didn't give anything away," said Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis after the tie. "There's going to be games like that."

Another shutout is huge for the confidence of their defense, but everyone inside the Revolution locker room will walk away from Saturday night's scoreless draw while feeling like there were a few goals left out on the field that could have led to three points, instead of just one.

"It's just another one of those games where it's another step for us," said Heaps. "It was a good shutout for us. We defended well at times. We got loose a little bit in the game, but overall, we had some good chances and I thought their goalkeeper literally kept them in this game all night.

"We wanted to win this game," Heaps later added. "Unfortunately, we hit the cross-bar, we missed a couple chances inside the six."

The biggest and perhaps their best chance came just 30 seconds into the match, as Benny Feilhaber had a wide-open look from the left post, inside the box. But his shot missed the net, wide right.

Everyone seemed to agree that that should have been the difference-maker.

"If that goes in, it's a different game," said Heaps.

"I don't think they touched the ball before I had that chance," said Feilhaber. "I think that was in 30 seconds or less. If I put that in the back of the net, it's a different game completely. I wish I could have had it back, but we had some other chances in the first half to kind of take the 1-0 lead."

Still, the Revs will take the point, and will try to carry their strong defensive performance into their next game, next Saturday night in Toronto.

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.