Rowe, Feilhaber lead Revs


Rowe, Feilhaber lead Revs

FOXBORO -- Jay Heaps knew that Kelyn Rowe would give the New England Revolution a spark. That's why he called upon his services in the 64th minute on Saturday night.

It was the first of two substitutions that the Revolution would make against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.

But he was right. Rowe gave the Revs a much-needed spark after a scoreless first half. In fact, he came in and helped New England score two goals in a four-minute span.

"He's been pushing hard lately, and I think you saw, when he came into the game, there was a different buzz," said Heaps after the Revolution's 2-0 win over the Fire.

"The first and second goals were beautiful from Kelyn," said Heaps. "He's smart . . . We like getting him into those situations where he can be a dynamic attacker for us."

Rowe finished with a goal and an assist. But so did Benny Feilhaber. The duo helped each other score, and helped the Revs pick up their fifth win of the season.

"It was big for Benny," said Heaps. "And obviously Benny has played a lot more on the wide play. Today we focused on him being in the middle, more attacking. He's comfortable there, and I thought Benny did everything right tonight. He defended when we needed him to defend, and when he had his chances to change the game, he did."

In order to allow Feilhaber to be more offensive on Saturday night, Heaps moved captain Shalrie Joseph to the back end, as more of a defensive midfielder.

The move worked, as did the move to insert Rowe from the bench, leading to a productive second half that won New England the game.

"In the first half, I think we weren't really able to do a lot of the things we wanted to," said Feilhaber afterwards. "We were fighting in there. It wasn't the best conditions. The ball was definitely slipping off our feet a little bit. But we stayed together as a team, and it came together."

Feilhaber sent a long and perfect pass down the middle of the field that ended up on the foot of Rowe at the top of the box. Rowe then made a quick move ahead, and buried a shot into the low-right corner of the net with the outside of his right foot for the 1-0 lead in the 69th minute.

"I thought, first touch, got to take it inside and beat the first defender," said Rowe. "Second touch, you've got to put it away."

"I just saw Kelyn making a run kind of in behind their left back, I just put it into him, and he did the rest," said Feilhaber.

Rowe returned the favor just minutes later, as he perfectly placed a give-and-go pass down the right wing to Feilhaber, who stepped in and finished in the 73rd minute, sealing the deal on a win.

"I got the ball with tons of space on the right side, and Kelyn was running through the middle," said Feilhaber. "I just put him through and just kind of followed up on my run, and he put me in perfectly. I looked up to see if I could get it into a forward.

"I think Saer was kind of man covered by maybe one or two guys, and I just thought, aim for the five-hole and put it in, and thankfully it went in."

"Benny's a great guy and he played me the first ball," said Rowe. "I've got to give him another one. He made a great one after he passed me the ball, and I had to get it back to him."

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.