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Revs' Tierney calls out teammates' efforts in loss

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Revs' Tierney calls out teammates' efforts in loss

FOXBORO -- Chris Tierney is one of the leaders in the New England Revolution locker room.

As to how much the rest of the team listens to him, we'll soon find out.

Following Sunday night's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium, Tierney called out the effort of his teammates, in an attempt to wake up a Revolution club that is now winless in its last six games.

"We've got to shake it up a little bit," said Tierney. "I think guys have gotten comfortable in playing and expecting their spot in the lineup. At this level, you have to earn it.

"I think there's a lot of guys who are good players and can contribute, and can at least give 110-percent," said Tierney. "And I think Jay will obviously get those guys on the field."

Sanna Nyassi took advantage of a Revolution mishap in their own end of the field, and he took it all the way down the middle of the pitch by himself, finishing it off by tapping the ball through A.J. Soares' legs and kicking a bullet into the top-right corner of the net, in the 61st minute.

That would be all Montreal needed. Combined with two shots that hit the post, and an Impact hand ball that wasn't called, the Revs couldn't get any breaks on Sunday night.

"It's just heartbreaking and disappointing, not good enough," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. "So, we can't get over it. We're struggling to find a way a little bit. It's just a really bad loss at home.

"As the game settled in a little bit, we had our chances," later added Heaps. "Hit the cross bar and hit the post. No penalty called on the hand ball, which was clear as day. Unfortunately, I'm here talking about the disappointing loss."

Still, Tierney's post game comments said it all. And perhaps, it was the message the Revolution need to hear, in order to turn things around.

"Unless all of us are 110-percent committed, were not going to win," said Tierney. "I don't know if enough of that fight was there for us. And there were some other factors too. A couple calls that didn't go our way, and a couple bounces that hit the post a couple times.

"So, it's bad luck. But you make your own luck."

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.