Revs win home opener over D.C. United


Revs win home opener over D.C. United

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Two games into the 2011 season, the New England Revolution know they still have a lot of area to improve in, but if they keep picking up points, while improving, Revs coach Steve Nicol admits, "that's perfect."

The Revolution didn't play a perfect game on Saturday against D.C. United in the team's home opener at Gillette Stadium, but they got some early breaks that gave them enough cushion to earn three points in an imperfect game.

New England took a 2-0 lead just 17 minutes in, thanks to goals from Zack Schilawski and Shalrie Joseph, and were able to hold on for a 2-1 win after a late D.C. goal from Charlie Davies.

That's four total points for the Revolution, in just two games, and a 1-0-1 record to show for it. With a team that's young, and still has a lot of work to do, that 1-0-1 record to begin the season was the cause of many smiles in New England's locker room on Saturday night.

"It's huge," said Schilawski. "That was the goal before the game, obviously. We felt like, if we could get a win here, four points out of two games, this would be a good start for us, and we'd feel confident going out there the rest of the way."

Schilawski put the Revs up 1-0 in the eighth minute, when his second effort on a shot in the box paid off. Schilawski's original kick was blocked, but it came back to him for a second chance, and he put it away for the early 1-0 lead at home.

But perhaps he shouldn't have even got the first chance.

Joseph sent a cross pass into Schilawski, who seemingly hit the ball with his hand before the initial kick. No call was made, and the Revs won't complain.

"On the first one, I think we probably got away with one there," said Nicol after the win. "I think most people on the ground, saw what happened."

Everyone saw what happened nearly 10 minutes later, as Joseph was rewarded a penalty kick in the 17th minute, and a chance to put New England up 2-0.

Joseph decided to take a low, hard shot to the right side, and even though D.C. goalkeeper Pat Onstad dove the correct way, the ball just got a piece of his fingertips and had enough power on it to go into the back of the net.

"Just trying to tuck it in the corner. I know once I get it in the corner and put a little bit of power in it, it's going to be hard for Onstad to save it," said Joseph. "He guessed the right way, but I put enough power into it, and it went in for me."

For those goalkeepers taking notes, Joseph said his scouting report shouldn't read "low-right."

"I think that's probably the second time I went there," said Joseph. "That's probably the second time I went to that side. I just felt like I wanted to put it at that side. I don't have a favorite side, but I just wanted to go that way."

Charlie Davies cut New England's lead to 2-1 in the first minute of extra time, but it was too little, too late for D.C. Still, it was a sign that the Revs have more work to do.

"Getting that point last week on the road, we dug deep," said Joseph. "Sometimes we have to defend, we had 11 guys behind the ball last week. Tonight, we played a really attacking style, a very physical style. And I think if we do that every week, we can definitely make some noise.

"But this team is young. We've still got a lot of growing to do, and this is just step one in the process of what we're trying to do."

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Revolution introduce Brad Friedel as coach


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


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

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.