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Revs seek first win in home opener

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Revs seek first win in home opener

FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution enter their third game of the 2012 season, still searching for both their first win, and their first goal.

Only three teams in the MLS have yet to put a ball in the back of the net -- Columbus Crew, Chivas USA, and New England.

The Revs have begun the regular season on a two-game losing skid, dropping their first two matches. The first came in a 1-0 loss in San Jose, and the second came in a 3-0 loss last weekend in Kansas City.

It was a continuation of the team's similar road woes from 2011, in which New England only won one game away from home. In fact, the Revolution have only won two of their last 32 regular-season matches away from Gillette Stadium.

So with Saturday's game against the Portland Timbers being New England's home opener, coach Jay Heaps hopes the comforts of being at Gillette Stadium will be beneficial.

"Make no mistake about it, when we draw up where we want to be as a team and what kind of goals we have as a group, establishing home dominance is important," said Heaps. "Establishing ways to get points at home is crucial to a team and it's crucial to us."

As well it should be. Especially Saturday's home game. Because following Saturday, the Revolution hit the road once again, traveling to Los Angeles and Dallas, before returning home again on April 14 to host D.C. United.

"The way the schedule's set up, a lot of times early in the year when you're a Northeast team, the odds are really against you," said Heaps. "You've got to take your shots when you can. You can't leave anything on the table when you have the opportunity to get points."

With their 0-2 record, the Revs enter Saturday's match as the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. Portland enters as the fourth-place team in the Western Conference, with a 1-0-1 record.

If the Revolution want to pick up their first win of the season on Saturday, they'll have to do it without Darrius Barnes (calf), Zak Boggs (ankle), Benny Feilhaber (peroneal strain), John Lozano (hip flexor), and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), who were all listed as "out" on Friday's injury report.

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.