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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."
 

Fagundez, Penilla score as Revs tie Earthquakes, 2-2

Fagundez, Penilla score as Revs tie Earthquakes, 2-2

SAN JOSE - Danny Hoesen scored two goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes tie the New England Revolution 2-2 on Wednesday night.

San Jose (2-9-4) avoided its first five-game losing streak since 2009. New England (6-4-6) is unbeaten in its last six games in the series, with three victories.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 17th minute. After a defensive turnover, Hoesen dribbled into the penalty area and sent a left-footed shot past Matt Turner. Hoesen tied it at 2-2 in the 51st on a header for his ninth goal of the season.

Diego Fagundez tied it at 1-1 in the 31st by bending a free kick over the wall and inside the near post. Cristian Penilla scored his sixth goal of the season in the 43rd on a fast break to give New England the lead. Penilla dribbled down the left side, cut back his defender inside the box and smashed a shot into the top corner.

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World Cup coming to U.S., and perhaps Foxboro, in 2026

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World Cup coming to U.S., and perhaps Foxboro, in 2026

The World Cup is returning to the United States . . . and perhaps coming to Foxboro.

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, FIFA announced the 2026 World Cup had been awarded to a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994, and that event is often credited with the rise of soccer as a major sport in this country.

Winning the 2026 bid -- United 2026, as it was called, won the vote over the only other challenger, Morocco, by a 134-65 margin -- "is an incredible, and incredibly important, moment for soccer in North America and beyond," said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer.

There will be 48 teams in the 2026 field, compared to 32 in recent World Cups, and 60 of the 80 games will be played in the United States. 

Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, which was one of the World Cup venues in 1994, is expected to host games in 2026. Robert Kraft, owner of both the Patriots and MLS's New England Revolution, is the Honorary Chairman of the Board for United 2026. The complete list of U.S. sites is expected to be chosen by 2020.

Canada and Mexico will each hold 10 games. The final is expected to be played at New York/New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.