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Tierney's first goal paces Revs, 3-1

Tierney's first goal paces Revs, 3-1

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- At some point, missed opportunities must turn into goals.

The New England Revolution were holding onto that theory for dear life on Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders at Gillette Stadium. It was a theory that eventually turned out to be true, turning into a 3-1 Revolution win, which snapped a four-game losing skid.

Chris Tierney found himself on both ends of that theory, and just one minute after he failed to put in what looked like, from the press box at least, a "gimme" goal out front of Seattle's net, the Revs midfielder scored his first career MLS goal and tied the game at 1-1 in the 70th minute.

Tierney followed that up by setting up Marko Perovic for New England's second goal in the 73rd minute.

And even though Perovic' goal stood as the game-winner, following Kheli Dube's 81st minute strike into the top-left corner, the night belonged to Tierney, who turned tragedy into triumph after failing to put away an open-netter on the left post in the 69th minute.

"It's fine, you know, I don't really measure my game by goals, to be honest," said Tierney after the win. "But it's always good to get on the score sheet. I'm happy to get the first one in, so I get that zero off the stat sheet. But, you know, it's just about the performance tonight. I think, all around, we were pretty good tonight. We deserved to win, so I'm happy we did."

Tierney's first career goal came on a header from the exact same spot where he had tripped over a ball just a minute earlier. Kevin Alston made a deep throw-in from the right sideline that was sent over to the left post by Shalrie Joseph from the top of the box. Tierney quickly reacted and put it in the net, tying the game at 1-1, and making up for his previous attempt.

"On the first one, I realized they kind of weren't tracking that back-post run," said Tierney. "I knew Shalrie's always going to mix it up in there, and things happen when he's in there throwing his body around. So I was just hoping another chance would come, and luckily it did. You can't miss two of those, I guess."

The goal came after Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani put the Sounders up 1-0 in the 59th minute, beating a diving Matt Reis with an uncontested shot from the top of the box.

At the time, the goal was devastating, given the fact that New England had four shots on net in a scoreless first half, but nothing to show for it.

"We felt we were kind of pushing it, which we wanted to do," said Nicol. "We had some chances, and couldn't take them. And obviously going one behind was disappointing to say the least, but again, the players just kept pushing."

After Tierney's game-tying goal in the 70th minute, the midfielder created another big play by dribbling the ball at the top of the box, with his back to the net. His patience was enough to let Perovic come in and take over, slipping the ball past Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller from the right post, as several Seattle defenders were caught out of position after trying to take the ball from Tierney.

Then, in the 81st minute, Dube scored his first goal of the season, sealing the deal on the Revs' seventh win of the season.

Dube and forward Ilija Stolica made Seattle's defense look foolish, as Dube took the ball down the right side of the field, and flipped a ball up to Stolica at the top of the box. Stolica, with his back to the net, then turned around and sent a nice lead pass into the box, where Dube finished the give-and-go by plastering a ball into the top-left corner for the 3-1 lead.

"It's been a long time coming," said Dube. "It feels good."

And so does Saturday night's win, which, would have never been the result, had Tierney not completely shifted the momentum.

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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.