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Revs notes: Reis makes his first appearance

Revs notes: Reis makes his first appearance

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made his first appearanceof the season Sunday night, playing the entire first half and allowing one goalon three shots. Reis has spent the entire season rehabbing from offseasonshoulder and knee surgeries, and his return is welcomed with open arms.

Obviously the experience hes got, the ability hes got, itmakes everybody feel good around him, said Nicol.

He brings another dimension to our team, in terms ofleadership, said Revs captain Shalrie Joseph. And having him in the back, hiscommunication, hes been in the league so long, he brings that kind ofstability that we need in the back.

Backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth replaced Reis athalftime, and allowed two goals on the only two shots he faced.

The Revolution suffered another serious injury on Sundaynight, when veteran midfielder Steve Ralston dislocated his left elbow in the72nd minute. The injury came not even a minute after Ralston checked into thegame, making his season debut.

Ralston signed with the Revs on Tuesday, but his return tothe organization was short-lived, as he fell on his left arm moments after hereplaced Marko Perovic in the second half.

I dont know what to tell you, said Nicol. I mean, itsjust frightening, frightening.

As for the teams other, less serious injury, Revsmidfielder Khano Smith suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half, andleft the game in the 30th minute. Smith was seen leaving Gillette Stadium on crutchesand sporting a boot on his right foot. Some players said after the game thatthey expect him to be back with the team when they return from the World Cupbreak on June 27.

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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.