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Tierney's late goal earns Revs 2-2 tie

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Tierney's late goal earns Revs 2-2 tie

TORONTO Chris Tierney scored the game-tying goal deep into second-half stoppage time as the New England Revolution erased a 2-0 halftime deficit to claim a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday evening at BMO Field.

Tierneys powerful header from Flo Lechners right-wing cross capped a dramatic comeback which began with Blake Brettschneiders 71st-minute goal to pull the Revs within striking distance. Danny Koevermans and Ryan Johnson had scored first-half goals to give TFC what appeared to be a comfortable halftime lead.

For the Revs (5-7-3, 18 pts.) it was just their second road result of the season after suffering six losses in their first seven trips away from Gillette Stadium. For TFC (1-10-2, 5 pts.), it marked the second straight game in which the club surrendered a two-goal halftime lead to settle for a draw.

Clyde Simms returned for the Revolution after missing four games with left ankle tendonitis replacing the injured Shalrie Joseph (R adductor strain) in the starting lineup while Diego Fagundez earned his first start of the season in place of the ailing Jose Moreno (L ankle sprain). Kelyn Rowe also returned to the starting lineup, taking over for Fernando Cardenas on the right wing.

Koevermans got TFC off to the perfect start when he put the home side up 1-0 in just the fourth minute. Left back Ashtone Morgan overlapped down the left side and whipped a teasing cross into the middle, where Koevermans rose above Revolution center back A.J. Soares and nodded a downward header into the back of the net.

Fagundez almost responded for the Revs in the 17thminute but was denied by a combination of TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic and the woodwork. Kevin Alston finished an overlapping run down the right with a low cross to Fagundez, who shook a defender and drilled a shot which Kocic tipped onto the crossbar.

Toronto doubled its advantage in the 42ndminute as Morgan once again took advantage of a bombing run down the left wing. Morgan chased down a loose pass in the corner and had time to settle and deliver a cross, which skipped past Koevermans at the near post but found Johnson arriving late at the back post for an easy finish with his head.

Kocic ensured TFC maintained its 2-0 lead into the halftime break with a fantastic save deep into first-half stoppage time. Benny Feilhabers corner kick found Stephen McCarthy for a glancing header, but Kocic reacted quickly to dive left and push the ball to safety.

Trailing by a pair of goals, the Revs brought on Brettschneider in the 63rdminute and moved to a more attack-minded 4-3-3 formation. The change paid immediate dividends when Brettschneider cut the deficit to 2-1 with his second goal of the season in the 71stminute, burying the rebound after Feilhabers long-range shot was saved by Kocic.

Buoyed by the goal, the Revs continued to press and almost pulled level in the 74thminute when Kocic was again called into action, diving full stretch to his right to deny Tierneys 20-yard free kick. Four minutes later Kocic used his feet to kick away a tight-angle drive from Lee Nguyen.

It looked like it simply wasnt to be for the Revolution when Feilhabers low 15-yard strike kicked off the face of the left post in the 88thminute, but Tierney finally made the breakthrough to grab a well-deserved equalizer with virtually the last kick of the game. Lechner a first-half replacement for the injured Alston swung in a cross from the right wing and Tierney drove into the box to meet the service near the penalty spot, burying a powerful header past the helpless Kocic.

The Revs will now return to Gillette Stadium for a three-game home-stand beginning next Saturday, June 30, when theyll host Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m.

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.