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Revs win, but know they need more

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Revs win, but know they need more

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --The music was louder than usual in the New EnglandRevolution locker room after Saturday nights match with FC Dallas at GilletteStadium.

Thats because the Revs had a reason to be happy. It wastheir first win since July 20, and just their second win since May 14.

In case you werent counting, thats two wins in 19 games.

So while defeating FC Dallas 2-0 on Saturday night should bea sigh of relief, it isnt enough to start rolling in the champagne.

I guess I should be ecstatic, but, you know, you cant lookat it now and think, had we not made the mistakes previously, wed be in agreat position, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol afterwards. But its goodto win.

Nicol said his Revs deserved to win on Saturday night.Its a term hes used even during the teams darkest moments this season.

Deserving hasnt necessarily translated into three points.

But on Saturday night it did, thanks to goals from ShalrieJoseph in the 14th minute, and Rajko Lekic in the 84th minute.

While Josephs early goal was big for the teams confidence,it was Lekics late strike that made the difference.

Lekic was standing at the far post on a corner kick taken byBenny Feilhaber, who kicked it to Ryan Cochrane at the near post. Cochraneheaded it over everyone to a wide open Lekic, and Lekic finished.

It was to my left foot, and I hate to shoot with my leftfoot, but I was like expletive it, let me just try to hit it, said Lekic.And I saw it in the net. I was so happy.

Scoring goals hasnt been the problem as of late for theRevs. It was holding onto leads after they scored them. So Saturday nights winwas extra satisfying, knowing that the back four stayed together, and closedout the win with a shutout.

Better spots and better decisions, said Nicol. Wellalways mourn about keeping the ball better and doing other things better. Butdefensively, if you keep good position and good spots, and you make gooddecisions when youre under pressure, then youll be fine. And thats what wedid tonight.

Tactically, we didnt drop into a shell like we have been,said Feilhaber. I think that kind of stuff, it doesnt work. Unless youre anamazing team at defending 10 guys behind the ball, and you have no brain lapseswhatsoever, and no lack of concentration, thats going to be tough to play 45minutes sitting back and not giving up goals. And we didnt do that today.

One win wont catapult the Revolution out of the basement ofthe Eastern Conference standings and into the playoffs. They know that. So fromhere on out, theyll try to take it one game at a time.

And the type of 90-minute performance they gave on Saturdaywill be the blueprint for their desired success.

I still think we should be thinking one game at a time,said Feilhaber. Putting in a 90-minute performance, and we did that today. Sonow we can look forward to trying to build. And I think if we can start puttingsome performances together, regardless if we get three points every singlegame. But if we get 90 minutes, were comfortable with it.

I think thats the first goal. If were able to get threepoints here, three points there, and were starting to climb up the rankings,then yea, then we can start looking and maybe we can sneak in there and grab aplayoff spot. But I dont think thats where our minds should be right now.

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New England Revolution release 2018 schedule

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New England Revolution release 2018 schedule

The New England Revolution's 2018 schedule was released today, and the Revs will open the season on the road in Chester, Pa. against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on March 3.

The club will play its home opener one week later, hosting the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium on March 10. Kickoff for the home opener is currently slated for 1:30p.

New England will play a total of 22 games against Eastern Conference opposition this season. The Revs are set to play each of the 10 fellow Eastern Conference teams at least twice, and will play the Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union a total of three times each. The Revs will face each of the 12 clubs in the Western Conference one time each, including a road contest with expansion side LAFC for the first meeting in the clubs' history on Sat., Sept. 15.

NBC Sports Boston will once again serve as the Revolution’s local broadcast partner and will carry up to 32 regular-season games. The 2018 season marks the ninth consecutive campaign that NBCSB will be the television home of the club and the fifth straight year that Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner will team up to call the action from the booth. Naoko Funayama also returns for her second season as sideline reporter.

New England Revolution 2018 MLS Regular Season Schedule (all times Eastern)

Date

Opponent

Venue

Time

Broadcast*

Sat., March 3

at Philadelphia Union

Talen Energy Stadium

TBD

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., March 10

Colorado Rapids

Gillette Stadium

1:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., March 24

New York City FC

Gillette Stadium

1:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., March 31

at Houston Dynamo

BBVA Compass Stadium

8:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Friday, April 6

Montreal Impact

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., April 14

FC Dallas

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., April 21

at Columbus Crew SC

MAPFRE Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., April 28

Sporting Kansas City

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 5

at Montreal Impact

Stade Saputo

1p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 12

Toronto FC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 19

Columbus Crew SC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., May 26

at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

BC Place

5:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., May 30

Atlanta United FC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., June 2

New York Red Bulls

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., June 9

at Chicago Fire

Toyota Park

8:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., June 13

at San Jose Earthquakes

Avaya Stadium

10:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., June 30

D.C. United

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., July 7

Seattle Sounders FC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., July 14

LA Galaxy

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., July 18

at Minnesota United FC

TCF Bank Stadium

8p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., July 21

at New York Red Bulls

Red Bull Arena

7:00 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., August 4

at Orlando City SC

Orlando City Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., August 11

Philadelphia Union

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sun., August 19

at D.C. United

Audi Field

6p

FS1

Sat., August 25

at Philadelphia Union

Talen Energy Stadium

TBD

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 1

Portland Timbers

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Wed., Sept. 5

at New York City FC

Yankee Stadium

7:00 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 15

at LAFC

Banc of California Stadium

10:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 22

Chicago Fire

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Sept. 29

at Toronto FC

BMO Field

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sat., Oct. 6

at Atlanta United FC

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

3:30p

Univision

Sat., Oct. 13

Orlando City SC

Gillette Stadium

7:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Thursday, Oct. 18

at Real Salt Lake

Rio Tinto Stadium

9:30p

NBC Sports Boston

Sun., Oct. 28

Montreal Impact

Gillette Stadium

4:30p

NBC Sports Boston

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."