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Revs look to right ship at home versus Kansas City

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Revs look to right ship at home versus Kansas City

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO After beginning the season with at least one point in each of their first four games, the New England Revolution are currently looking at a two-game losing skid, and are winless in their last four matches.

Theyll try to snap that streak on Saturday night when they return home to host Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.

New England is coming off a 1-0 loss in Houston last weekend, a game in which the Revs were without captain Shalrie Joseph and midfielder Pat Phelan, thanks to straight red cards in their previous game, a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.

But Joseph and Phelan return on Saturday night against Kansas City. And Revolution coach Steve Nicol hopes theyll also be playing with newly acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who signed with the team on Wednesday.

Nicol said after Wednesdays practice that he hopes to get Feilhaber into the starting lineup as soon as possible, which would help the Revs get back on track.

Some of the problems we had last year were a lack of experience and passing the ball, Nicol said after Wednesdays practice. Hes a guy who, without a shadow of a doubt brings loads and loads of both. It makes sense.

Feilhabers veteran presence will start what Nicol calls a healthy competition in the Revs midfield. But the main focus this week was creating chances, in an effort to break the teams two-game scoreless drought.

The big thing for us is, we need to make chances, Nicol said. Were not going to win games, unless we make chances. And that means we have to be in the opposing penalty, to be able to get those chances. Thats really what were looking at.

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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.